Jackie Chan: I'm Quitting Action Films

Entertainment May. 18, 2012 AT 2:20PM
Jackie Chan attend the "De Rouille et D'os" Premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2012. Jackie Chan attend the "De Rouille et D'os" Premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2012. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

One of the world's most beloved action stars is calling it quits.

At a Cannes press conference Friday for his latest film, Chinese Zodiac--his 100th movie--Jackie Chan told reporters he's giving up action films for good.

"This will be my last action movie," the actor, 58, said. "I will ask my body how long I can go . . . I tell you, I am not young any more."

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Laughing he added, "I am really, really tired."

The international superstar--who is famous for performing his own stunts--says he also takes issue with the extreme content seen on-screen today.

"The world is too violent now," he explained. "It's a dilemma because I like action, but I don't like the violence."

Chan is also hoping that by giving up his tried-and-true action star parts, he'll be able to expand his brand and take on more serious, dramatic roles. Little by little, the actor hopes he can show audiences "the real Jackie Chan."

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"I don't just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor," the Hong Kong-born star revealed. "I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro. I want to get rid of my image. So, for the last ten years I've done other films like The Karate Kid, where I'd rather play an old man. I want the audience to know I'm not just about fighting or comedy, also I can act."

Chan is best known for combining martial arts with slapstick comedy; the actor's daredevil tendencies make it difficult for him to be insured by movie studios. Chan currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for "Most Stunts By A Living Actor."

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