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Jackie Chan

I'm QUITTING

Action Movies

5/18/2012 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jackie Chan's fighting days are OVER ... at least on camera ... 'cause the legendary actor says he's giving up action movies so he can become "the Asian Robert De Niro."

The 58-year-old was promoting his 100th flick, "Chinese Zodiac" earlier today -- when he told reporters, "This will be my last action movie."

He explained, "I tell you, I am not young any more ... I am really, really tired."

Chan -- who has famously performed his own stunts for decades -- added, "The world is too violent now. It's a dilemma because I like action, but I don't like the violence."

He continued, "I don't just want to be an action star ... I want to be a true actor. 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 has suffered countless injuries on the sets of his movies ... and FUN FACT -- he appeared as an uncredited prison thug in the Bruce Lee classic, "Enter the Dragon" back in 1973.

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31.

Ct    

I hope he really does quit action movies, he's no Bruce Lee. Maybe he'll take it a step further and quit acting altogether. One can only hope...

833 days ago
32.

billy cema    

Robert DeNiro can't do what Jackie does. Jackie can't do what Robert DeNiro does. Unless...there's something he has hidden from us.
Saw him once in the city. Only a handful of people around. He was nice enough to wave at a nobody such as I.

833 days ago
33.

Wulung    

Jackie- You've been saying the exact same sh*t for the past 20 years. You are like a broken record!!! "I'm tired.....I want to be a real actor......I want to be Asian Robert DeNiro".....blah, blah, blah, blah. Instead of flapping your gums, how about staying true to your word.

833 days ago
34.

Bananarama    

Hoorat

833 days ago
35.

Jackie    

whatever you wanna do....for sure your fans will still support you. good luck dude:)

833 days ago
36.

Raejean    

I think he's entitled to stop bashing himself to bits.

He's a very funny guy. There's no reason he can't have a career as a character or comic actor, but I don't really see him as a (mature) leading man type.

833 days ago
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38.

callmeannoying    

I love u Jackie Chan!!!!!!!

833 days ago
39.

Truth    

OH PLEASE... I SEE THIS AS A MASSIVE #EPICFAIL ON HIS DECLINING CAREER. HE WAS NEVER A GOOD ACTOR AT ALL. THE ONLY REASON HE HAD A CAREER WAS BECAUSE OF HIS MARTIAL ARTS ABILITIES. PEOPLE ONLY CARED ABOUT HIS LAME "ACTING TALENT" AS MUCH AS IT GOT THROUGH THE BORING SH*T SCENES UNTIL YOU GOT TO THE ACTION STUFF. ASIAN ROBERT DENIRO??? HHAHAHAHAHAHA. DUDE BETTER TAKE TONS OF ACTING LESSONS. HE SUCKS. JET LI WAS WAY BETTER FIGHTER AND ACTOR THAN THIS COMEDIC MIDGET. #TRUTH!!

833 days ago
40.

Hadrada    

Because he is the consumate Shakespearean thespian with the sweet tone English only a Chinese can master- superb English elocution and diction.
And then?

833 days ago
41.

dilip    

realy, I thought it was all comedy.

833 days ago
42.

Zanne    

I love Jackie Chan! I can't believe he has lasted in doing action movies as long as he has. He's been hurt SO many times, he must be in pain always. I hope he's successful in more dramatic roles. He is talented and humble and VERY funny on the talk shows.

833 days ago
43.

Anonymous    

Screw the haters, Jackie Chan is a badass who doesn't have to prove a damn thing to anyone. Good for him. It's an end of an era

832 days ago
44.

jwoolman    

I don't generally watch martial arts movies-except for anything Jackie Chan is in ... He really is a good actor in both comic and dramatic roles, even working in a second language. Really good comic actors often are also good at drama, although the reverse isn't generally the case. So if anybody can pull off such a shift, it will be Jackie.

832 days ago
45.

sd001    

Loved your movies, and thanks for all the great laughs you have given over the years. GL to you!

831 days ago
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