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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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I Was About To Say    

First

887 days ago
2.

jimi    

asian De Niro? does that mean he will date black women only?

887 days ago
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Jody    

Yeah right. If he really quits it's because he isn't wanted any longer or his body has given out. If he is still wanted, he will be in more movies if the money is right.

887 days ago
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Cirrus Unicus    

And the key to real acting is slinging V8?

887 days ago
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Sincerity    

MORE POWER TO HIM AND HE LOOKS "GREAT"!!! More than likely, he'll end up producing his own movies in order to expand his acting opportunities. Asian's performers are still rigidly "TYPE CAST" in Hollywood.

887 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

That's good Jackie because I never watched one of your movies and never planned to. "I want to be an asian robert deniro." Hey Saturday Night Live: you just got some new material for this weekends show.

887 days ago
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David    


and so the haters already start DO YOU GUYS LIKE ANYONE? in every god damn news i see everyone hating on a celebrity unless they're dead

887 days ago
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XYZ    

Good luck, Jackie! That's a tall order!

887 days ago
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Majestik    

So, Jackie, how about naming us one of your action movies that didn't have violence in it...oh, is that it, Martial Arts kicks to the face, stomach and head aren't violent right? LOL, I love his movies, but damn, that statement doesn't make any sense.

887 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

Pray for Jackie. Several sources are revealing Mr. Chan is about to enter the world of gay porn.

A moment of silence...

887 days ago
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Sincerity    

***********CORRECTED POST**********

MORE POWER TO HIM AND HE LOOKS "GREAT"!!! More than likely, he'll end up producing his own movies in order to expand his acting opportunities. Asian performers are still rigidly "TYPE CAST" in Hollywood.

887 days ago
12.

DaveT    

How do you say......"You talkin' to me!?".....in Chinese?

887 days ago
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Silverado Mom    

I'm glad he knows his limitations and will respect his body by keeping it safe. I always wondered about that. He's certainly impressed me, and my kids, over the years. I hope Stallone includes him in his future Expendables movies.

887 days ago
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aquanet    

didnt he already make this announcement 3 years ago?

887 days ago
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just sayin    

he seems like the nicest sweetest guy, really. He was good at his genre and well known for doing his own stunts. But one the thing he wasn't.. a good actor. Sorry, Jackie.

887 days ago
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