JAKIE CHAN….A STRANGE COMBINATION OF BRUCE LEE ,CHARLIE CHAPLIN
Chan Kong-sang known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself, in the cinematic world. He has trained in Wushu or Kung Fu and Hapkido, and has been acting since the 1960s, appearing in over 150 films.
Chan is one of the most recognisable and influential cinematic personalities in the world, gaining a widespread following in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. He is an operatically trained vocalist and is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. Jacjie Chan is also a globally known philanthropist, and has been named as one of the top 10 most charitable celebrities by Forbes magazine.
In 2004, film scholar Andrew Willis stated that Chan was “perhaps” the “most recognised star in the world”. In 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth to be $350 million, and as of 2016, he was the second-highest paid actor in the world
Martial artist and actor Jackie Chan’s unique blend of impressive martial arts and screwball physical comedy has helped make him an international film star.
Jackie Chan began studying martial arts, drama, acrobatics and singing at age seven. Once considered a likely successor to Bruce Lee in Hong Kong cinema, Chan instead developed his own style of martial arts blended with screwball physical comedy. He became a huge star throughout Asia and went on to have hits in the United States as well.
CHAN A CHILD….
Jackhie Chan studied martial arts, drama, acrobatics and singing, and was subjected to stringent discipline, including corporal punishment for poor performance. He appeared in his first film, the Cantonese feature Big and Little Wong Tin Bar when he was only eight, and went on to appear in a number of musical films.
Upon his graduation in 1971, Chan found work as an acrobat and a movie stuntman, most notably in Fist of Fury (1972), starring Hong Kong’s resident big-screen superstar,BRUCE LEE . For that film, he reportedly completed the highest fall in the history of the Chinese film industry, earning the respectful notice of the formidable Lee, among others.
JACKIE CHAN ……AFTER BRUCE LEE ?
After Lee’s tragic, unexpected death in 1973, Chan was singled out as a likely successor of his mantle as the king of Hong Kong cinema. To that end, he starred in a string of kung fu movies with Lo Wei, a producer and director who had worked with Lee. Most were unsuccessful, and the collaboration ended in the late 1970s. By that time, Chan had decided that he wanted to break out of the Lee mold and create his own image. Blending his martial arts abilities with impressive nerve—he insisted on performing all of his own stunts—and a sense of screwball physical comedy reminiscent of one of his idols, Buster Keaton , Chan found his own formula for cinematic gold.
A year after the release of his firsthit, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978), Chan took the Hong Kong film world by storm with his first so-called “kung fu comedy,” the now-classic Drunken Master (1978). Subsequent hits such as The Fearless Hyena (1979), Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1980) and The Young Master (1980) confirmed Chan’s star status; the latter film marked his first with Golden Harvest, Lee’s old production company and the leading film studio in Hong Kong. Before long, Chan had become the highest-paid actor in Hong Kong and a huge international star throughout Asia. He exerted total control over most of his films, often taking charge of duties ranging from producing to directing to performing the theme songs
Jackie Chan produced impressive action comedies such as Project A (1983), Police Story (1985) and Armor of God (1986), as well as the hit period film Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (1989), a clever remake of Frank Capra’s 1961 film A Pocketful of Miracles.
Jakie was a one-man film industry. In 1986, he formed his own production company, Golden Way. He also founded a modeling/casting agency, Jackie’s Angels, in order to recruit talent for his films. Chan claims to have broken every bone in his body at least once while performing stunts. In 1986, during the filming of Armor of God, he fractured his skull after falling more than 40 feet while attempting to jump from the top of a building to a tree branch below.
In the early 1990s, Chan broadened his cinematic range, turning in a rare dramatic performance in the melodramatic Crime Story (1993). He also made several sequels to his hits Police Story and Drunken Master. Chan was still mostly unknown in the United States by this point, but his profile experienced a meteoric rise during the mid-1990s, when a series of events combined to bring him to the attention of a wider American audience.
JACKIE IN Hollywood
In 1995, Chan created his own comic book character, the central figure in Jackie Chan’s Spartan X, a series that hit newsstands in both Asia and the U.S. That same year, newly anointed directing sensation Quentin , fresh off the success of Pulp Fiction (1994), presented Chan with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Movie Awards. Tarantino reportedly threatened to boycott the ceremony if Chan did not receive the award.
In 1996, New Line Cinema and Golden Harvest jointly released Rumble in the Bronx, Chan’s fifth English-language (dubbed) release but his first hit in America. The film grossed $10 million in its first weekend, shooting to No. 1 at the box office, and its success prompted the American debuts of two previous Chan films, Crime Story and Drunken Master II.
After two less successful efforts, Jackie Chan’s First Strike (1997) and Mr. Nice Guy (1998), Chan scored another box-office hit with Rush Hour (also 1998), an American-produced action comedy. In Rush Hour, Chan employed his English-language skills as a Chinese police officer alongside a streetwise Los Angeles cop, played by the rising comedian Chris Tucker.
JACKIE CHAN A PHILANTHROPIST ….
Chan is a noted philanthropist whose causes include conservation, animal welfare and disaster relief. In 2006, he announced that he would donate half of his assets to charity when he dies. The movie star has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2004, and in 2015, he was named Singapore’s first anti-drug ambassador.
Action star Jackie Chan’s high-speed activity doesn’t stop when the cameras do. An enthusiastic supporter of hundreds of charities including UNICEF, Operation Smile and his own Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, Chan offers the Look To The Stars writers an incredible challenge just trying to keep on top of his good works!
Chan spends countless hours helping others, and has been known to drop everything to find out how he can be of service after disasters strike. He raises millions of dollars to help those in need. In the first 8 months of 2010, he raised $36 million to help people across the globe, from Haiti to Singapore:
- Donated 5 million RMB (US $732,000) to help Haiti earthquake victims.
- Worked with WILD AID to support preservation of endangered tigers.
- Donation of school supplies to “Charming Schools” in China
- Raised US $5.2 million in donations for the Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution
- Helped raise US 29 million for drought relief in China.
- Visited Qinghai, China to bring food, water, and supplies to victims of the April 14, 6.9 magnitude earthquake
- Participated in the “Artistes 414 Fundraising Campaign” concert to raise money for victims of the April 14th earthquake in China
- Charity mission to Tongren in the Guizhou province of China to bring much-needed water and supplies to the drought stricken area.
2009 saw Chan using much of his spare time to visit the remotest parts of China on his Dragon’s Heart Charity Missions.
The DRAGON HEART FOUNDATION strives to meet the needs of poverty-stricken children and the elderly in the hardest-to-reach areas of the immense country. Chan has made several trips to villages in these remote locations, bringing warm clothing, wheelchairs and school supplies, and helping to build schools.
In February of 2008, the Rush Hour star was on hand to donate 450 down coats to THE SALVATION ARMY for victims of the China snowstorms, and since 2004, Jackie’s charity has built 20 Dragon’s Heart Schools, providing education to some of China’s poorest citizens.
“Before, I didn’t like charity. I just wanted to be famous and to earn more money,” says Chan. “My friends taught me and now I like to do charity. Even when I am sleeping, I think how I can help other people. Every human being has to learn how to do charity.”
Jackie founded thejJACKIE CHAN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION in 1988 to help young people in a variety of worthy causes, including medical services, aid to victims of natural disaster or illness, scholarships and youth activities.
Jackie is currently a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.
- Made a considerable donation to the Civil Aviation Institute in Guanghan, China to fund programs for student pilots and airline staff
- Filmed a Public Service Announcement to warn children about the dangers of Avian Flu
- Visited the Yunan Province of China for the opening ceremony of Angels With Wings (a campaign which helps poor children attend school by supplying them with books, clothing, and other necessities)
- Hosted a series of concerts to raise money for disabled children and the elderly
- Visited an Operation Smile hospital
- Sang at charity concerts to benefit local children’s charities
- Donated warm coats to The Salvation Army in Hong Kong to aid the elderly
- Founded the Jackie Chan Civil Aviation Foundation, a charity which provides program funding for flight personnel (pilots, flight attendants, and other crew) and their trainers
- Spent four days on Dragon’s Heart Charity Mission travelling to remote and poverty stricken areas of the Guizhou Province of China.
He was also made an honorary principal of a college and given the title of Cultural Ambassador by the Chinese government.
OTHER CHARITY ACTIVITIES OF JACKIE CHAN
- Crossing Borders Fund Raising Show and check presentation
- Presentation of a check for Children’s Welfare, Korea
- We Are The World recording for tsunami relief
- Donation to benefit Asian Moon Bears
- MTV Asia Aid (tsunami aid)
- Official Patron of Action In Mental Health
- Forces of Nature Benefit Concert, Malaysia
- Donation of his personal stamp collection to benefit China Children’s Day Charity, and participated in the charity’s concert
- Visits to Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam as UNICEF Ambassador, and a visit to Urumqi where he provided a medical team for exams
- Xinjiang Charity Event, auction and movie screening
- Presented a HK$1 million to UNICEF from Mr. Eddie Ho
- Recorded “It’s A Wonder” with Agnes Chan
- Dragon’s Heart Charity Events
- Walk With Pride, Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser
- Jackie Chan Charity Weekend (Concert, Charity Cup Rally, Fundraising Banquet)
- UNICEF’s Change For Good Program
- Care for Elderly Charitable Ticket Fundraiser
- Fundraiser for Hong Kong’s San Kwong Theater to help support classic art of Cantonese Opera
- SGX Bull Run for Charity
- UNICEF’s World Children’s Day Campaign
- Dragon’s Heart Charity Missions in Jilin and Xinjiang
- Giving Warmth to the Elderly
- Jackie Chan 2005 Scholarships
Jackie also signed items for charity auctions to benefit HK Children’s Cancer Center Yam Pak Charity Fund, attended the Around the World in 80 Days Charity screening in Hawaii, and had a private charity dinner to help recover remains of the war dead.
Jackie Chan began his film career as a stuntman and worked on two of Bruce Lee’s films – Fist of Fury (1972), in which he also had a tiny role as a Japanese martial arts student, and Enter the Dragon (1973). Chan often reminisces about his respect for Lee, his prowess at kung fu, and how he was thrilled when Lee talked to him on set.
At that time, I was just a young guy and he was a really big star,” Chan said, talking about working on Fist of Fury. “He would talk with the stuntmen, but not me, as I was just a kid. But suddenly, somehow I got the chance to be on stage with him.”
Chan’s scene involved him being suspended by a wire. The crew released the wire too quickly, making him hit the ground with unexpected force, and Lee ran over to check that Chan was okay. “Bruce Lee picked me up. I went, ‘Wow! He touched me!’” Chan remembers.
“He influenced me a lot,” Chan said in an interview in 1997 about Bruce Lee . “I admired him, and the way he would talk. He could even speak English. Everyone thought he was a god.”
Bruce Lee won the respect of the stuntmen because he treated them as equals. He would chat with them on set and eat with them. Sometimes he would even contribute towards their medical bills if they got hurt. Such behaviour impressed the young Chan.
“He treated us lowly people very well,” Chan told me. “One day I got hurt and he rushed up to me and said, ‘Are you okay?’”
“At that time, I was just a young guy and he was a really big star,” Chan said, talking about working on Fist of Fury. “He would talk with the stuntmen, but not me, as I was just a kid. But suddenly, somehow I got the chance to be on stage with him.”
Chan later admitted he was so thrilled to receive some attention from the superstar, he would play up his injuries to develop a relationship with Lee. On the set of Enter the Dragon, Lee accidentally hit Chan in the face with a stick.
After working for Lee, Chan vowed to do all his own stunts if he ever got the chance to be a leading man. (Yuen Wah, who had studied at the China Drama Academy with Chan and Sammo Hung Kam-bo, was Lee’s stunt double on Fist of Fury, and provided the northern-style martial arts acrobatics that the competition-trained Lee could not perform himself.)
Jackie Chan on working for Bruce Lee: ‘Everyone thought he was a god’
Chan worked as a stuntman on Lee’s films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon and would act injured just to speak to a man he grew to revere despite his initial suspicions. He recalled the biggest thing he learned from the kung fu legend
Long before computer effects helped keep leading actors safe during stunts, Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan achieved international acclaim by putting his body and life at risk—often for multiple takes. Films like The Legend of the Drunken Master and Police Story showcased Chan’s willingness to endure traumatic injury for his comedic ballets of violence. Here are a few things you might not have known about the man
HE TOOK BRUCE LEE BOWLING.
Early in Chan’s career, he made brief appearances in two Bruce Lee films: 1972’s The Chinese Connection and 1973’s Enter the Dragon. Months later, Chan was headed to a bowling alley when Lee spotted him in the street and asked to join him. Chan agreed, and the two played while Chan kept busy rebuffing autograph-seekers eager to get to Lee. Just about 10 days later, Lee would be dead of cerebral edema at age 32. “I was totally shocked,” Chan said.
HE HAS A PERMANENT HOLE IN HIS HEAD.
Considering Chan’s prolific stunt career, it’s slightly amazing he’s still with us. But he had a very close brush with death shooting 1986’s Armour of God. Describing the action as “simple,” Chan swung from a tree and hit his head on a rock, necessitating a surgically-inserted metal plate and a permanent, quarter-sized indentation in his skull. Chan will sometimes invite people, like co-stars or talk show hosts, to stick their fingers in it.
HE HOLDS THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR MOST CREDITS ON A MOVIE.
Chan often directs, produces, and stars in his Hong Kong films, but some projects have inspired him to take on additional responsibilities. For 2012’s Chinese Zodiac, Chan earned a Guinness World Record for most credits (15) in a single film. In addition to directing, producing, and acting, he is also credited as fight choreographer, composer, art director, unit production manager, gaffer, theme tune vocalist, writer, cinematographer, stuntman, prop work, and catering coordinator.
Jackie Chan is a very affable and genuinely kind person in real life. He’s a businessman involved in all aspects of his work and a dedicated family man, too. He is an international celebrity and is the fifth highest paid actor in the world as well. Jackie has always loved his fan base. Fans throughout Asia and the world absolutely love him. Here he is in Malaysia doing a selfie.
When you see or hear the name Jackie Chan, images of well executed martial arts moves and out of this world stunts probably come to mind. Since the 1960s, Chan has been acting, and has appeared in over 150 films. Hence, establishing a name for himself as one of Hong Kong’s best known stars, and achieving international success as a movie action hero.
But underneath the glitz and glamor of Hollywood lies a real life hero. When he’s not making viewers laugh or using improvised weapons on the silver screen, Chan helps the less fortunate and is a great role model to not just children, but everyone. We, at Evolve Daily, believe that there are some things we can learn from him. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 8 Reasons
Why Jackie Chan Is A Hero To Everyone?
1) He exemplifies the Asian values of integrity and HUMILITYy
Despite achieving a massive amount of success, Chan refuses to let it get to his head, and makes it a point to stay humble. When he’s on set, he takes responsibility for everything – including tidying up and cleaning the studio with his crew, and ensuring that everyone is happy with their accommodations. Apart from that, he is always quick to point out that he owes his success to his best friend and manager, Willie Chan, rather than take credit for everything.
2) Understood the Essence of Life
It is clear that Chan thoroughly enjoys what he does. After all, he has dedicated his entire life to making and starring in action films that bring smiles to his audience’s faces while inspiring them. And what better way is there to live than to be happy and appreciate all that you have in this fleeting life?
3) DARE TO CONVERT DREAMS IN TO REALITY
It takes a great deal of persistence and courage to go after your dreams, especially when there are always going to be people who doubt you. Chan had to deal with a number of setbacks and overcome some obstacles during his career. Before leaving his footprints in Hollywood, he dealt with his fair share of struggles due to the lack of roles for Asian actors. However, he didn’t let that stop him from creating “The Tuxedo”, “Around The World In 80 Days”, “The Medallion”, and the blockbusters “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon”.
4) MOST STUNDS BY THE LIVING ACTOR
Due to the difficulty level of Chan’s stunts, no one else is willing to attempt them. So he does all of them himself. Although he has broken most of his bones while attempting the harder and more dangerous stunts, he never let that stop him from ultimately doing them. In fact, he always tries his best to outdo himself and take on more challenging stunts than the ones he has done previously – all in the name of exhilarating the audience. It comes as no surprise then, that he holds the Guinness World Records for “Most Stunts by a Living Actor”.
5) BRUCE LEE INSPIRATION …BUT JACKIE OWN STYLE
Although a director once gave Chan the opportunity to be the second Bruce Lee, he turned it down as he decided to do his own style and take on a role that captured his personality rather than Lee’s – although he admires the Kung Fu icon. Staying true to himself paid off, as his uniqueness made him famous. We believe that it’s always better to be original rather than copy someone else. In fact, sometimes it’s better to be different. So don’t be afraid to embrace your quirks!
6) JACKIE CHAN ..BRAND AMBASSADER FOR CHARITY
When Chan isn’t acting, he gives his money and time to the less fortunate – because he remembers his humble beginnings. He believes that he wouldn’t have made it to where he is today if not for the people he met along the way. So doing his part for the less fortunate is his way of showing gratitude to those people who have helped him. Apart from being an ambassador for UNICEF and helping under privileged kids, his causes include animal treatment, conservation, and disaster relief.
7) EVER FIT
Some people let age stop them from getting in shape, and often give up exercising because they feel that intense physical activity is “too much” for them after hitting a certain age. But not Chan. It is evident that to him, age is just a number. He may be 62, but he’s still as fit as a fiddle, and continues to perform his own stunts. We believe that this is something to draw inspiration from the next time you feel “too old” for anything.
8) MASTER OF HIS OWN DESTINY
Although Chan came from a poor family, and at some point, ended up being unhappy in a construction job in Australia, he never let his circumstances control him. Instead, he went back to Hong Kong and infused humor in martial arts movies such as “Snake in Eagle’s Shadow”, “Drunken Master” and “Fearless Hyena” (which he directed). All these movies went on to become big hits. This is a great example of how we all actually have the power to take control of our lives – it’s only a matter of whether we dare to.
LOOK AT JACKIE CHAN …..HE IS THE LIVING LEGEND …..A MAN OF STRANGE COMBINATIONS …..A SMILEY STUNTMAN …….MAKE AUDIENCE SMILE IN THEATERS ……TRYING TO HELP THE SUFFERERS WITH HIS CHARITY …..AN ASIAN WITH INTERNATIONAL OUT LOOK …