Jackie Chan‘s visit to San Diego Comic-Con proved the star to be charming, though the panel lacked considerable punch due to a lack of new footage. The panel featured the trailer to Chan’s CZ12 which is also being called Chinese Zodiac and also Armour of the Gods III. I don’t know how much sense any of those titles make, but the movie is about a thief who’s hired to steal back four missing heads of statues of the Chinese zodiac. So there’s the part that makes sense. I don’t get the 12 in CZ12 since there are only four missing heads. Oh well.
Chan did mention that in two months they’d be dropping a new trailer before the film’s December release. Knowing that just bringing the same trailer wouldn’t cut it for Comic-Con, so to spice up the panel he brought his French roller-suit trainer. Roller-suit? Yeah, you know – those weirdo plastic space suits that have wheels all over them which allow you to kill yourself at 70mph by going face first into concrete.
So what else did we talk about?
Mostly stunts, which makes sense, after all, since Chan’s biggest claim to fame is his awesome stunts, which he still performs himself, despite his aging body. Many of the questions and topics covered were around Chan’s stunt team – he’s a prolific trainer, bringing in stuntmen from all over the world and training them to be apart of his team. Many of those stuntmen end up being stunt directors – he says he’s probably turned more than 100 stunt men into working stunt directors.
Chan stressed the values of personality and being a team player over raw skill before devolving into a 65 second sound effects only break-down of how he stages an action scene. It was awesome.
The future for Chan will include more action movies, but mostly in smaller, less intense roles. What Chan really wants for himself though is to become a “true actor.” He wants to work with the likes of Robert DeNiro and move away from just being an action star, even though he’s still “pretty young” in his own words. What he envisions for his own career would be one similar in trajectory to Clint Eastwood – the young action star growing into the seasoned and respected veteran actor, in front of and behind the camera.
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