Sad news coming out of Cannes today is Jackie Chan’s announcement that he will be retiring from the world of action movies. The 58 year-old actor has had an impressive run, having starred in over 100 films, most of which were in the action genre. The decision, he says, is a combination of wanting to take on more serious acting roles, and simply becoming tired of starring in films that revolve around violence.
[Chinese Zodiac] is my last action film. I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I like action but I don’t like violence.
I want the audience to know also I’m not only a comedian. I can act. Day by day, year by year, I’m going to show you the real Jackie Chan.
I don’t just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. I want to get rid of my image.
It’s a sorry day for the action genre, but it will certainly be interesting to watch Chan follow this new career path, especially considering his previous comments about wanting to become the “Asian Robert De Niro”.