Jackie Chan not quitting action films after all?
It seems that Jackie Chan is not giving up his action movie career just yet.
The 58-year-old Hong Kong actor had told reporters at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in May that "Chinese Zodiac," which is set for release in December, would be his "last action film." He said he was "not young any more" and was "really, really tired."
When asked about the issue by a TMZ cameraman outside a Beverly Hills restaurant on Monday night, Chan said: "No. I still do action movie (sic)." (watch video below)
He also nodded when asked if he still planned to perform all of his own stunts.
The veteran action star, known for movies such as the "Rush Hour" series," had told reporters at the festival that his new flick and many other past films have taken their toll on his body.
"It hurts, it really hurts," he said. "The shoulder, the ankle, it really hurts. You don't know because I still look healthy."
Despite his comments at Cannes, Chan had announced on his Facebook page on June 28 that he was "on his way to making his next action comedy movie." The Hollywood Reporter said that the actor planned to produce and star in a "two-hander action comedy" that would see him play a detective on the hunt for an American gambler.
"Chinese Zodiac" is due to hit theaters on December 12. Chan plays Asian Hawk, a fortune hunter who is searching the world for a set of 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. The actor described the movie, which he also directed and wrote, as one of the "most important" films in his career.
Chan had said at Cannes that he wanted to become an "Asian Robert De Niro."
"I don't just want to be an action star; I want to be a true actor," he said. "I want to get rid of my image."