107 Thought-Provoking Jackie Chan Quotes
Actor, Martial Artist
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Founder / Co Founder:
Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, The Dragon's Heart Foundation
Jackie Chan is a name that needs no introduction. He has entertained the world with his martial arts techniques, acting skilss and great comic timing. Jackie is also a director, singer, producer and a stuntman. He began his career as a stuntman with ‘New Fist Of Fury’ in 1976 which went unrecognized, but later his stunts in ‘Snakes In The Eagle Shadow’ was widely appreciated. Within a short span of time, Jackie Chan became the most popular martial arts superstar in Asia. Thereafter, he directed his first movie ‘The Young Master’ in 1980. Till date, Jackie has appeared in more than 100 Hong Kong and Hollywood movies. ‘The Karate Kid’, ‘Rush Hour2’, ‘Shanghai Noon’ and ‘The Tuxedo’ are few of his noted movies. Apart from movies, Jackie is also involved in social service and philanthropy, and serves as the Brand Ambassador of UNICEF and UNAIDS children’s organization. Jackie has shared his thoughts on several issues through his films, life, interviews etc. We have collected some of his thought-provoking and inspiring quotes from his film dialogues, speeches, interviews and general life. Here is our collection of Jackie Chan quotes and sayings on love, movies, life, stunt and much more.
I prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. I'm afraid to fail again. The movie business is a big gamble. When I'm in meetings until 5am and then have to get up two hours later for filming, sometimes I ask myself 'why?' You cannot mix sports with politics. I feel like I have lived all over the world since I get to go everywhere to film. I have a metal plate in my head, and can pop my shoulder and pop it back. My wish is to bring my heroes to the big screen, and many of them have already appeared in my films. Every country when they have Olympics, a lot of people come out opposed. I play a nobody in Japan. I want to be in 'Avatar'. I want somebody to hire me to be Superman, a Chinese Superman or Spider-Man. My schedule goes: wake up, running, exercise, downstairs, running shoes off, then to the shower. That's the Jackie Chan diary. When I was young I didn't care about education, just money and box office. I went by myself to Hollywood, I spoke no English, every day I had to go to school. We're all the same inside. I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama. I'm good for some things, bad for a lot of things. When I make a film - I direct my own film, I write my own script - that's what I want to hear from the audience. 'Oh, thank you, Jackie!' Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society. Most of the time, I'm not even working; I'm just helping people, because I feel that I am too lucky. I want to play a fireman and a spy. I want to learn special effects. It is totally different making films in the East than in the West. In the East, I make my own Jackie Chan films, and it's like my family. Sometimes I pick up the camera because I choreograph all the fighting scenes, even when I'm not fighting. I don't have my own chair. I just sit on the set with everybody. I want to try something different in Hollywood, to tell the audience I am not just an actor star - I am an actor, too. Chinese people need to be controlled; otherwise, they will do whatever they want. When I give somebody something and see their face, it just makes me so happy. When I was a child, I was very poor and wanted everything. So when I got money, I began buying things. As a father, I always want my son to be perfect. When he was young, I tried to train him in martial arts, but he said, 'I don't want to become like Bruce Lee's son, with everybody telling me how good my father was.' I just think my son is too lazy. I just make good movies. That's the way I thank my fans. I'm crazy, but I'm not too crazy. I'm not a god - I do bad things. Being a stunt coordinator, I have to take care not only of myself but I have to make sure everyone is safe. I hate violence, yes I do. It's kind of a dilemma, huh?. Coffee is a language in itself. I'm not young anymore. I'm really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now. It's a dilemma - I like action but I don't like violence. Why did I become Jackie Chan? Mostly because I work very hard. When people were sleeping, I was still training. If there really is a god, then he really looks after me. I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want. My affection for Taiwan... is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am a son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese. I feel that there are a few things in the world without cultural barriers. I've got a very interesting background. Money for me today does not really matter. The kids never listen to you, especially the youngest ones. Speaking English is like tongue-twist for me. I can speak each word perfect, but then you have to string them together like, 'Blah, blah, blah.' That's when I get crazy. I love wushu a lot and I would love to see it included in future Olympic Games. Sometimes, I'm very embarrassed. Every time I make American film I just trust American directors and American writers. I sometimes just don't like to see the Ultimate Fighting. I just find it, as a martial artist, I just find it too violent. In every movie I do have a dialogue. I give the children education. I really like children to watch my movies. One day, I want to make a PG film. I think the family movie is very important to everybody right now. I like to change characters and then, slowly I believe the audience treat me as, like an actor who can fight. It's not like an action star. I've choreographed all of my movies. When I'm making an American film, it's more safe because there are so many people on the set to watch me. Whatever I do, they say, 'What are you doing!? Tell me first!' There are so many restrictions. In America there's no way I can make the kind of movie I like to make. I now have two different audiences. There's the one that has been watching my action films for 20 years, and the American family audience. American jokes, less fighting. I know I have a responsibility to the fans. Actor's life is very long. I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro. I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton. When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, 'Ah yes, they good.' Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way. Sometimes I'd like to play the bad guy and sometimes I'd like to die in a movie. The ads all call me fearless, but that's just publicity. Anyone who thinks I'm not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am. I don't want to be an action star, an action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer. I will make action movies, I think, for a few more years, another five years. The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro, like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act. After all those years in Asia, I don't have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and - Boom! - people go. Very difficult to understand American audience, what they like, what they don't like. Some movie I like very much, it doesn't work. Some movie I don't like, it gets big box office. Very difficult. For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing - stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses - makes more money for me than making movies. I loved cowboy movies when I was a kid. When I was five years old, I was already wearing a cowboy hat and suit. When I grew up, I knew John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and so on. Now I am older, I understand we have to accept who we are. I don't want to be an action star; action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer. I want my career to get longer. I've seen too many ups and downs in the movie industry. Olympics for me is love, peace, united. I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. I'm really confused now. I want to show audiences I can act. I know I have to run 20 more minutes if I eat ice cream. Basically, I eat everything, but I just do more training. If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. I make American films for American audiences and Asian films for Asian audiences. I hate interviews - but you have to do them. I do small things. I try to do good things every day. If everyone does some good, think of what a good world this will be. When you are learning about a martial art, it is about respect. Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan. My dream is to continue filming until my body tells me to stop. In the real world, children love me. More understand China, then more people will have interest in China and more people will come to China to visit us because I am a tourist ambassador. Before I do a stunt, I have to make sure it is safe. Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality. I'm tired of fighting. I've always known that I can't be an action star all my life. In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog. I felt humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me 'Jackie Who?'. Since the child knew his parents would give in, he tried the same trick again and again.
Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.
Sometimes I do need to go to karaoke, sometimes I need to relax.
When I got depressed, I watched Bruce Lee movies. I learned everything from Bruce Lee.
I only want my work to make people happy.
I'm crazy, but I'm not stupid.
We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You're always helping people. I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.