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.

7 comments

  1. SuperChan Blog

    December 1, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    Hi, I’m sorry but this information is mostly just nonsense. Jackie was videotaped by paparazzi leaving an hotel in Beijing walking with the intermittent aid of a cane. There was no mention of a hospital in any of the reports. The interview on wu-jing.org is more than a year old and doesn’t mention anything about safety rigging failing. And filming has not stopped for either him or Kwon Sang Woo to recover from injuries. In fact they are filming right now today. What is your source for the information about a supposed fall? It’s like every time some new site picks up on this information they add a little to the almost non-existent information about Jackie’s injury to make it more interesting. The only information available about this at all is the original qq.com paparazzi photos and video of Jackie leaving a hotel in Beijing with a limp and a cane. There is no information on what happened or how serious it is. Certainly filming has not been delayed.

  2. Wai

    December 1, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    SuperChan Blog: Thanks for writing. Appreciate your take on this but I stand by my sources, which includes usually reliable folks like AsianMoviePulse. You’re entitled to attack the credibility of the info, but it goes both ways. Just because you have not personally read any news it doesn’t automatically render what is reported “nonsense”. I do stand corrected on the date of the wu-jing piece, so cheers for pointing that out.

  3. SuperChan Blog

    December 1, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    well asianmoviepulse does refer to the qq.com footage. Their source was and I quote: “Martial Arts Junkie for breaking the news” Martial Arts Junkie’s source was my blog. So I think I have a good handle on where the news came from and what the news actually is. There is no news on any source on the exact nature of the injury or how it occurred. Filming was not stopped for the injury or any other reason recently. There is no mention in the video of a hospital visit in the video nor in the Asianmoviepulse article other than to say Jackie “Jackie Chan has a list of hospital visits so extensive …”. The clip shows Jackie leaving a hotel in Beijing after visiting friends. He then climbs in a vehicle and returned to the hotel where the cast and crew are staying in Beijing. End of story. That is the ONLY news about this injury anywhere.

  4. Wai

    December 1, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    SuperChan Blog: You seem determined to be the absolute and only authority on this subject. You know what? I’ll let you believe it. End of story.

  5. AndrewDasz

    March 23, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    I was with JC this week, and the movie continued in Hong Kong…

  6. j j chan

    March 28, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    lets forget about the injury and spend more time finding new clips and news about jackies next movies

  7. Wai

    March 29, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    AndrewDasz & jj chan: Errm, this news is kinda outdated already, so I won’t comment on it any further. But anyway, welcome to the site and thanks for writing!

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