* 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.
* MoneyDearBoy: Why he did ''Film/RushHour'' sequels despite not liking them very much.
* 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 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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