I suppose this doesn’t really count as news, since Jackie Chan getting injured while making his movies is as common/expected as explosions in a Michael Bay movie. The difference is, the man’s really getting too old for this shit, and if he keeps this up, the next genuinely newsworthy piece might be his obituary.
Late last week, the mainland Chinese press was abuzz with reports that 57-year old Chan sustained a serious leg injury in a fall, while filming a dangerous stunt for “Armour Of God 3: Chinese Zodiac”. Details are scant, but it is known that Chan was performing the stunt himself (as usual) and a miscalculation in the safety rigging resulted in him losing his foothold and dropping to the ground.
Somewhat ironically, Chan had gone all-out to ensure on-set safety measures were as foolproof as possible. In an interview with wu-jing.net last month, he said: “I have been hesitant about this for a long time, many told me it is too extravagant, and advised me against it. But eventually, I still go for it. This film will contain many vigorous action scenes, I’d almost be fighting throughout the film, but my most demanding action scenes will stop at this movie.”
Chan also spoke about the main theme of the film, which deals with the theft of ancient Chinese artifacts by foreigners. He said “I once saw a Chinese Zodiac animal bust being auctioned in a foreign country, I was immensely stirred, why do we keep losing our national treasures to other countries? Last year, two more busts were auctioned, re-igniting my will to shoot the movie Chinese Zodiac. Why does such and such museum have so many Chinese national treasures? These are loots. Many big countries are saying those are world legacies, and they’re safekeeping them, but in reality, they just want to possess them.”
Chan added: “Once, I set aside US$30m, intending to quietly buy back an animal bust for China. However, the final bid was US$100m, it was far too high, beyond what I could afford, and I had to give up. I had thought of making use of my kung fu skills, sneak into those museums, and get back all those lost national treasures one by one. But, their security was too high. But I believe, all these artifacts will gradually be returned by and by.”
Chan was seen leaving a hospital in Beijing yesterday, and had to walk with the aid of a cane. Production has been halted until the star makes a complete recovery.