“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”
― Bob Dylan (maybe)
Some say the Academy snubbed the nomination for Jackie Chan regarding his stellar performance in Rush Hour. I say that he was robbed of the AWARD ITSELF. Not once. Not twice. BUT THREE TIMES. (I bet you didn’t know they made 3 of those films, bringing in $850 million world wide).In seriousness however, Jackie Chan holds a special place in the heart of most cinema goers. Unfortunately, unless you lived in Hong Kong in the ’80s, you may have been deprived of Mr. Chan’s more impressive performances. Of course you can go back and re-watch (I strongly suggest you do), but there must have been nothing like witnessing the absolute lunacy of Jackie Chan, and his stunt work on the big screen. His acrobatics are the stuff of lore, and that reputation is definitely earned through injury.
Below is a handy little chart showing all of the sacrifices Jackie has made for his artform. (Also some facts about his life, which you can skip if you’d like)
Jack-FactsClick here to reveal the facts!
- His lifetime domestic box office total reaches over $1.6 billionHis first acting role was as “child” in the movie
- Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962)
- His mother nicknamed him ‘Pao Pao’ or ‘cannonball’ as a child due to his highly energetic demeanor
- He recorded the song “We are Ready”, which was the official one year countdown song to the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing
- He has a Doctorate Degree in Social Sciences from Hong Kong Baptist University
- His parents, Charles and Lee Lee Chan, were both Chinese Civil War refugees
- He nearly died on the set ofArmour of God (1986) after falling during a stunt and fracturing his skull
- He has trained in Hapkido, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, and Jeet Kune Do in his martial arts career
- He was nicknamed (by a coworker named Jack with whom he worked construction) “Little Jack”. The nickname Little Jack eventually turned into Jackie, by which he is now known
- He was awarded the prestigious “Favorite Butt Kicker Award” at the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice awards for his role in the revival ofThe Karate Kid.
What you have learned today
- The man is insane
- Jackies hair won’t quit
- Rush Hour is the greatest film of all time