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  • The Danza: In several of his films his character is named (or translated as) simply "Jackie."
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • 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."
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  • 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.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Many of his fighting scenes aren't planned until the day of the shoot. As noted in the commentary for Shanghai Noon, 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.
  • Money, Dear Boy: 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 Ellen'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, 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.
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  • 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 behind his decision to stop doing big action movies, as the pressure to keep topping himself was getting out of hand.
  • Old Shame:
    • He didn't care for City Hunter.
    • He also played a minor role in a Sex Comedy called All In The Family with Sammo Hung waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy back when he was pretty much a nobody in the industry. There was an Urban Legend 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 Hong Kong and is available on 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.)
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    • He appeared in Fantasy Mission Force purely as a favour to actor Jimmy Wang-Yu. He didn't care much for it either.
  • One for the Money; One for the Art: Has admitted to accepting roles in American films which he's, to put it nicely, severely overqualified for simply because it gives him the financial security to take more ambitious roles in his home country or fund several charities he's involved with.
  • Periphery Demographic: Rather appropriately for someone touted as the successor to Bruce Lee, Jackie also has a ginormous fanbase in Japan.
  • Star-Making Role: Drunken Master. Rumble in the Bronx in America.
  • Throw It In!: Most of his action scenes are not planned much ahead of time, but just develop a setting, get a bunch of props, and then develop the action while on set. This creates a sense of spontaneity as he hasn't been practicing the fight for weeks, but his natural talent shines through and all the stuntmen have known each other for decades to make it look good. The Hilarious Outtakes showing Amusing Injuries adds to it.
  • 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.
    • John Carpenter wanted him for Wang Chi in Big Trouble in Little China, 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 Black Rain because he refused to play a villain.
    • He turned down Jet Li's role in Lethal Weapon 4 for the same reason.
    • He was offered the role of the King of Qin in 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 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. 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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