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Jackie Chan to says farewell to action

posted 19 Nov 2012, 09:53 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 19 Nov 2012, 09:54 ]

Kung fu superstar Jackie Chan tells reporters that upcoming film Chinese Zodiac 2012 will be his last big action movie.

 BEIJINGCHINA (NOVEMBER 19, 2012)(REUTERS) -  Kung fu superstar Jackie Chan said on Monday (November 19) that while upcoming film Chinese Zodiac 2012 would be his last big action movie, he would still be packing punches in the world of philanthropy.

The 58-year-old Hong Kong actor was in Beijing shooting a documentary and auctioning a Bentley 666 to set an example to China's leagues of newly wealthy, whom he hopes will give more to charity.

Chan, recently awarded social philanthropist of the year by Harpers Bazaar magazine, believes that although strides towards philanthropy have increased for China's wealthy, they still have a long way to go.

"A lot of rich people in China, everybody want to start the charity foundation. But, they have a lot of things to learn, they have to be very careful because right now the internet is so popular, is something is wrong, the people now, on the internet, (makes blabbering sound), say a lot of negative things. So after the last few years there's something going on, but right now the people very very be careful, but doesn't stop them to want to do the charity. I think it's a good sign," Chan said.

China now possesses more billionaires than any other Asian country, but has very few philanthropic organizations.

Chan's newest film, Chinese Zodiac 2012, which is set to premier in cinemas from December 12, was written, directed and produced by Chan, who also plays the lead role.

"Probably is for the last ten years my best film for myself. I'm the director, I'm the writer, I'm the producer, I'm the action director, almost everything. This really, really is my baby. You know, I've been writing the script for seven years, and one in a half year in the making," Chan said about his role in the film.

In the film, Chan is a treasure hunter seeking to repatriate sculpture heads of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac which were taken from Beijing's Summer Palace by French and British forces during the Opium Wars.

Chan said the film was an important film for him because it is his last major action feature, although he insists it is not the end of his action career.

"I'm not young any more, honestly, I'm not young anymore, and just, sometimes I film, I'm so stupid, there's so many technology going on, special effects, blue background, green screen, a lot of double. Why I have to use my own life to still do these kind of things? So this why that one, the last one. Next one, probably they use the blue background, special effect, and some double helping me. I will still do it as much as I can. But I just don't want to risk my life to sit in a wheel chair, that's all," he said.

In addition to film work, Chan also hopes to dedicate more time to charitable work.

With over 700 participants in total attending Monday's (November 19) Autumn Arts and Finance Auction in Beijing, Chan, an avid car fan, auctioned off the Bentley 666 for around 6 million yuan (961,837 USD, 604,503 GBP).

It was the only item at the event auctioned for charity.

Citing Warren Buffet and Bill Gates as influences, Chan hopes to encourage more Chinese millionaires to give their money to good causes.

He announced in 2006 that he would bequeath half of his personal fortune to charity, leaving the other half for his wife and son.

Explosive economic growth over the last three decades has left China with over 500,000 people with at least $1 million to invest, but giving to charity is a comparatively new phenomenon in the world's most populous country.


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