To American audiences, Jackie Chan is best known as one half of buddy comedies like “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon”. But his latest English-language release, his first in seven years, is a departure from what domestic moviegoers are used to seeing from the 63-year-old actor.
In the Martin Campbell drama “The Foreigner”, Chan stars as a father whose daughter is killed in an IRA bombing in London, and will stop at nothing until he finds her killers.
“For action stars, it’s hard to change,” Chan told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about his choice to take a dramatic turn. “How many action stars today stay in the film business? They’re gone.”
Chan also produced the movie through his Sparkle Roll Media banner, a one-stop shop in China that spans film financing, production, distribution, marketing and acquisition, as well as exhibition through the company’s Jackie Chan Cinema chain.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he spoke about his hiatus, plans and an Oscar dream. “I’ve been making films for 57 years; I’m trying to find something new,” he said. “So, I’ve been planning for years. When I looked at ‘La La Land’, I said I want to be an actor, I want to be as singer, I want to be a dancer. I want to do so many different things in America.”
The actor also said he has stopped bothering too much about how big his films sell. “Right now, for me, it’s not about box office. What’s more important is the audience,” he says. I’ve been working so hard for all these years in the film business. I wanted to prove that I’m a good stunt man, I’m a good stunt coordinator, I’m a good director, I’m a good producer, that I can write. Now, I want them to say, ‘That Jackie, he is a good actor.’ After I got a life achievement Oscar, I want to get — I hope one day to get — a best actor Oscar,” he said in the interview.