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Jackie Chan Says He Dislikes His 'Rush Hour' Movies The Most, Reveals Sylvester Stallone Wanted Him To Play A Drug Baron

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 13, 2012 11:21 AM
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Nearing sixty years old, and having announced that he's retiring from action movies, it looks like Jackie Chan is ready to tell everyone how he really feels. While he's earning the wrong kind of headlines for declaring that Hong Kong is "a city of protest marches" and that "we should have rules dictating what [issues people] can march for, and which they can't," flying slightly below that are his thoughts on his own filmography. Particularly when it comes to his work in Hollywood.

While Chan may have been all smiles and happy to do the press rounds for the "Rush Hour" movies, it turns out they are not pictures he regards very highly. "I have reasons to do each film, I have something to say. Unlike 'Rush Hour' – there was no reason [in making it], you just give me the money and I'm fine. I dislike 'Rush Hour' the most, but ironically it sold really well in the U.S. and Europe," the actor said. There is no word yet on this thoughts on 2002's "The Tuxedo," but we'd guess they probably aren't much different.  

But, if anything, Chan has maintained his decades-spanning career by not messing with the formula too much. Over the summer he revealed that fellow aging action star Sylvester Stallone had offered him a part in what we assume was probably "The Expendables 2," that he had to turn down due to "scheduling." And it seems Stallone wanted Chan to play a villain, but having earned his bread and butter by being the good guy, it wasn't something that was ever going to happen. "I don't like to be looked [down] upon by foreigners," the actor explained. "Once [Sylvester] Stallone asked me to be in a film and play a drug baron who turns good at the end. I didn't go."

What other wacky things will Chan say now on the promo circuit for his latest, "Chinese Zodiac"? Who knows, but he's not pulling any punches. [THR]

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  • sobeit | January 13, 2013 2:58 PMReply

    Jackie Chan is a talented actor. It shouldn't be contravercial if he's just expressing how he feels about his career over the past few decades. After all, it is his career that he's commenting on not someone elses. I wonder if the remake of the "Karate Kid", is one of his favorites. It's certainly one of mine. Actually I prefer it over the original, Jackie and Jaden Smith's performances were outstanding.

  • Fiona | January 12, 2014 2:48 PM

    I think you're right and I think the Karate Kid was one of his best because he's proved to everyone that he can truly act. That he is an actor who can do action, not just an action star who can act. He should be proud of himself, I know I am. For those out there who look down on him, I'd love to see them achieve what he has. For all he has been through, he is amazing.x

  • Irons | December 14, 2012 4:07 PMReply

    The film for which Stallone asked Chan to play a villain was DEMOLITION MAN

  • Ballzilla | December 13, 2012 11:35 AMReply

    There was an interview with Jachie Chan on youtube where he was asked about his thoughts on Expandables 2 and he said he would love to be part of the third movie if there was ever one.

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