A mere seven months ago Jackie Chan told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival, “I am not young any more. I am really, really tired.” The actor/director claimed that he would be retiring from the physically demanding action film roles he’s made his name in. Chinese Zodiac (or CZ12), the project that was to mark his last starring role, recently premiered in Hong Kong. But now it’s reported that Chan has signed on to a new action project: The Expendables 3—and he’s making sure that his giant ego talents will be featured in “more than just a minor role.”
Speaking at press conference for Chinese Zodiac, Chan revealed that Sylvester Stallone had invited him to appear in the second Expendables movie, but scheduling conflicts got in the way:”Sly had invited me to be in The Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming CZ12 and couldn’t make a commitment to the film,” said the actor, “But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes.”
When you combine this news with the rumours that Chan and Chris Tucker might reunite for a fourth Rush Hour flick, the announcement basically signals that the kung fu star’s promise to retire has failed to stick. So he’s changing his tune slightly by saying that he’ll cut down on performing his own stunts, but he won’t quit making action movies altogether: “What am I supposed to do if I stop making movies?” asked Chan. “I will make an amendment to my announcement. CZ12 will be my last big action movie. I won’t be able to complete every stunt myself now and will probably relax a bit in that area by using CG effects in the future. But I will never quit movies.” Never. Look for hologram Chan coming to a theatre near you in the next 40 or 50 years.