* BigNameFan: Several big stars like Creator/SylvesterStallone and Creator/RobinWilliams are big fans of his, which led to their becoming friends.
* TheDanza: In several of his films his character is named (or translated as) simply "Jackie."
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** The crew of ''Police Story'' decided that regular sugar glass panels looked too fake and so used a stronger, thicker version. Ergo, all those glass cuts you see? Yeah, they're real.
** The constant panicked looks Jackie gives when he's clinging from a tall building or helicopter? Also real. He notes in his autobiography that all the marketing describing him as fearless is total crap: "Anyone who thinks I'm not scared out of my mind when I'm doing one of my stunts is crazier than I am."
* ExecutiveMeddling: His autobiography gives a quite unflattering view of famous producer Lo Wei during Jackie's time working for him in the '70s, stuck in the mindset of how martial arts films were supposed to work and undercutting all attempts by Jackie to do his own thing. Also, his Hollywood career had several false starts due to producers and directors who completely failed to understand his appeal.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Many of his fighting scenes aren't planned until the day of the shoot. As noted in the commentary for ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', they simply set up a saloon with as many props as they could find and simply let Jackie plan the scene and the shots as he wished.
* MoneyDearBoy: Does not hide the fact that he does movies, particularly American movies, for the money and makes pragmatic decisions to make them sell. He's also got his own clothing line among his many franchises. Also, in Creator/{{Ellen|Degeneres}}'s talkshow, he gives us this line:
---> "(Talking about the elaborate setups for stunts in America) Just give me the money, and I'll climb that tree! No need for all this complicated stuff."
** In particular, [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298648,00.html he doesn't care for]] the ''Rush Hour'' films, doesn't get the American humor, and only did a second film because they offered him an "irresistible" amount of money (reportedly something like 20 million to match his co-star Chris Tucker's salary). When it came time for a third one, they had to give Jackie and Chris Tucker both 25 million, promise Chris Tucker 20% of the gross, and give Jackie the distribution rights to the entire continent of Asia. Although he certainly had fun working with his compatriots in it.
* NoStuntDouble: Famously, Jackie Chan did almost all of his own stunts. As he's gotten up in years and his body has begun to wear out, it has necessitated him leaving some of the more advanced stuff to stunt doubles. This is also probably behind his decision to stop doing big action movies.
* OldShame:
** He didn't care for ''Film/CityHunter''.
** He also played a minor role in a SexComedy called ''All In The Family'' with SammoHung ''waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy'' back when he was pretty much a nobody in the industry. There was an UrbanLegend that it was a porno that was in black and white (the article featured a black and white picture). In actuality, it would be tame by modern Western standards but was racy for 1970's China and is available on Website/YouTube.
** His autobiography includes a filmography with comments by the man himself. One film he laments making, ''The Protector'', was completely gratuitous and nonsensical (as in, a drug den staffed by naked women), and he also mentions ''All In The Family'', which contains his only on-screen sex scene (which he says was terrible and nobody should ever want to see it.)
** He appeared in ''Film/FantasyMissionForce'' purely as a favour to actor Jimmy Wang-Yu. He didn't care much for it either.
* ReformedBully: While attending the Peking Opera School, one older kid relentlessly beat up and bullied Jackie. Years later, Jackie met him again and they wound up doing a number of movies together. The bully in question was Creator/SammoHung. They're not enemies as adults.
* StarMakingRole: ''Film/TheDrunkenMaster''. ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'' in America.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/SylvesterStallone wanted Jackie to play Simon Phoenix in ''Film/DemolitionMan'', but he wasn't available.
** He was offered the lead role in ''Series/MartialLaw'', but didn't want to tie himself to a possibly long-running series, so he told his friend Creator/SammoHung about it, and he got the job.
** Creator/JohnCarpenter wanted him for Wang Chi in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', but the producer felt that he lacked box-office draw and his English wasn't up to scratch. Carpenter insisted after seeing ''Police Story'', but Chan declined.
** He turned down a role in ''Film/BlackRain'' because he refused to play a villain.
** He turned down Creator/JetLi's role in ''Lethal Weapon 4'' for the same reason.
** He was offered the role of the King of Qin in ''Film/{{Hero}}'', but he wasn't interested.
** He was going to make a film called ''Nosebleed'' where he played a skyscraper window washer who discovers a plan to blow up the World Trade Center. Then the [[TooSoon/SeptemberEleventh September 11th attacks happened]]. (The Hong Kong press claimed Jackie Chan had been scheduled to film atop the World Trade Center on 9/11 but the script hadn't come through so he went to Toronto to work on ''Film/TheTuxedo'' instead. However, [[http://www.snopes.com/rumors/jackchan.asp Snopes is dubious of this claim's veracity]]. The attacks also forced the "Demon Portal" arc schedule of ''Jackie Chan Adventures'' back by two weeks, along with the rest of Warner's Saturday morning lineup for the 2001 TV season.) A segment near the end of his autobiography where he excitedly talks about his plans for the film comes off as quite poignant now.
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