With an estimated net worth of 350 million dollars, over 150 films to his credit, a brand so powerful that it made him, for a time, the 2nd highest paid actor in the world, recipient of countless awards, and once called the most recognized star in the world, Jackie Chan is a living legend!
From his early days as stunt extra on the sets with Bruce Lee to literally owning the martial arts and action movie genre for decades, Jackie Chan has come a long way; overcoming obscurity, poverty, and the endless challenges of being a genuine stunt and action hero literally with his own blood, sweat and tears. Perhaps no action star has had as many wounds to show; accidents, injuries, broken bones and near fatal misadventures on sets doing his own action scenes with mastery, passion and grace.
Genuine mastery in the guise of buffoonery - Jackie Chan literally invented the comic martial arts and action genre. His method from raw Chinese martial arts films like Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master to the more contemporary avatars he played in Police Story and Project A, presented an entirely new and endearing style; appearing comical in every sense even to the point of being taken for granted as merely an interesting comedian who also does a few action tricks. Yet Chan whose skills span at least Hapkido, Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, and TaeKwonDo displays incredible prowess, speed, and skill creating a result much like Mozart’s music; brilliant and with no sign of struggle evident in the art… giving the impression of effortless artistry.
Ace of aces as his own stunt double - In the stunts department, Chan is without equal. Though there are the few like Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise who have dared to do some of their own stunts, no one has pushed their luck so far beyond the boundaries of reasonable risk as Jackie Chan. From the earliest flicks to his most recent action scenes people know they are watching this incredible super star actually scale buildings, fall off clock towers, jump off cliffs, get beaten and bruised …all so he can be just that much truer to the action scene and to his audiences. He has paid a heavy price for this idiosyncratic insistence but has never regretted retaining this trademark authenticity in his acting.
Chan [...] displays incredible prowess, speed, and skill creating a result much like Mozart’s music; brilliant and with no sign of struggle evident in the art… giving the impression of effortless artistry.
Emotional resonance – Jackie Chan has also endeared his countless fans through his simple, child-like approach to acting. No matter what role he plays, he is constant in his sincere, pleasant, and humble demeanour never taking himself seriously but rather simply throwing himself so completely into the role to please his audience. It is this ability which creates such charm in his performance and emotional resonance with viewers when he laughs, weeps, or is simply doing his action scenes with commitment and passion.
Yes, Jackie Chan remains a true legend of our times and it would take an entire book to summarize the magic ingredients that make him not just one of the greatest action stars but also one of the most lovable people on and off screen.