On May 27th, 2012, Jackie Chan told Facebook fans, “For many years I have had to balance the amount of time I spend on charity work with my film commitments. I think it has worked well, although I always wish that I had more time to do charity.” But don’t think that means he is quitting show business yet. The actor who struggles with speaking English recently had to dispel rumors that he was quitting show business after media outlets reported he was retiring from Hollywood film making because the world today is too violent.
Known for doing almost all his movie stunts and fight scenes himself, Chan has become famous all over Asia and is well-known in Hollywood. Taking on new movie roles that are less physically demanding because he is getting older (more than due to his commitment for fostering a non-violent community ethic) are part of his future plans.
Sources claiming he has announced his retirement because he has become a pacifist are incorrect. Chan told the Associated Press that while he still plans to make movies, he would like to stop throwing punches on-screen. If you are unfamiliar with the Asian star, check out his new movie trailer for Chinese Zodiac here. You will quickly see that while Chan is a gifted actor, that truly spectacular movie stunts at his age could be becoming more difficult to complete.
[Jackie Chan was born on April 7th, 1954 in Hong Kong.]
Non-profit organizations Jackie Chan has used his star power to support over the years include [but are not limited to] UNICEF (a charity that works to end world hunger), the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, and the Red Cross. A pet-friendly green celebrity, he posted a picture of himself holding up two Golden Retriever puppies on his Facebook page on May 25th with the phrase, “Puppy Love”.
Perhaps Chan is trying to foster a kinder, gentler image by posting about his love of animals and penchant for charity work on Facebook so he can attract the attention of socially conscious Hollywood producers. Since he has routinely expressed a desire to be cast in more serious roles than simply playing the hero in action-adventure movies, it seems likely.
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