Jackie Chan Facts

Jackie Chan Facts
Jackie Chan was born Chan Kong-sang on April 7th, 1954 in Victoria Peak, British Hong Kong to Lee-Lee Chan and Charles Chan, Chinese Civil War refugees. As a young child Jackie earned the nickname Cannonball (Pao-pao) because he was so energetic. When his father became head cook at the American Embassy in Australia, Jackie was sent to the China Drama Academy where he learned acrobatics and martial arts. Jackie's stage name became Yuen Lo. Jackie's schooling and talent led to a film career early on, and at only 17 he was working as a stuntman in Bruce Lee films. He obtained his name 'Jackie' while working briefly in construction in the 1970s. Jackie Chan's first breakthrough film was Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, in 1978. Although he worked in the film industry steadily for the next 20 years, it wasn't until 1998 that his first major blockbuster success was released, titled Rush Hour.
Interesting Jackie Chan Facts:
It was believed by many in Hong Kong that Jackie Chan (or Chan Kong-sang) would be Bruce Lee's successor, but Jackie had a different style - martial arts and comedy.
In the late 1990s Jackie Chan changed his birth name to Fong Si-lung. His father's surname was Fong. However Jackie's Hollywood name has stuck with him since his big break in Rush Hour.
Jackie Chan's first movie appearance in the Cantonese film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar, released in 1962 when he was only 8 years old.
Jackie Chan is an accomplished vocalist. He has recorded and released more than 20 albums in several languages. He has also dubbed many Disney classic movies, singing in Chinese in place of the English lyrics.
Jackie Chan was working on a movie called Nosebleed in 2001. It was about a window washer at the World Trade Center who stops a terrorist attack. The real attack put a stop to the movie.
While filming the movie Armour of God Jackie Chan jumped out of an airplane and landed on a hot air balloon. An accident during the filming of the movie resulted in the need for a permanent plastic plug being implanted in Jackie's skull.
Jackie Chan does all of his own stunts. He won the Guinness World Record for "Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor" for his 2012 film Chinese Zodiac.
Jackie Chan has said that he will not give any of his fortune to his son. He expects his son to earn his own money.
In the movie Dragon Lord, scenes and stunts were so intricately designed that it took 2900 separate takes for one scene alone to get it right.
Despite being huge commercial successes, Jackie Chan is not a fan of Hollywood movies. He does them because of the money offered.
In Jackie Chan's movie Chinese Zodiac he had 15 different roles and was awarded a Guinness World Record for it. He was the director, lead actor, writer, executive producer and producer, the unit producer, the art director, the cinematographer, the prop man, the stunt man, the stunt coordinator, the manager, the gaffer, food caterer, composer, and even sang the theme song.

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