Trivia / Jackie Chan

  • Executive Meddling: 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.
  • No Stunt Double: 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.
  • Reformed Bully: 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 Sammo Hung. They're not enemies as adults.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Sylvester Stallone wanted Jackie to play Simon Phoenix in Demolition Man, but he wasn't available.
    • He was offered the lead role in Martial Law, but didn't want to tie himself to a possibly long-running series, so he told his friend Sammo Hung about it, and he got the job.
    • 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 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 The Tuxedo instead. However, Snopes is dubious of this claim's veracity.) A segment near the end of his autobiography where he excitedly talks about his plans for the film comes off as quite poignant now.