Jackie Chan getting hurt while filming his movies is certainly not breaking news. It kind of comes with the territory. However, the latest behind-the-scenes clip from Chinese Zodiac suggests the actor can’t bounce back as quickly as he did in his youth.
Chan did quite a number on his back while shooting a scene for the actor’s last foray into the world of dangerous stunt work. The rig he’s attached to seems to come apart during the sequence, causing Chan and the picture frame he’s riding to hit the ground hard.
It’s pretty clear right away that something isn’t right. After letting Chan deal with the pain on his own for a moment, the medical team picks him off the ground and has a look at the damage. The bruise that runs across the length of the actor’s back is fairly impressive.
The embedded video illustrates why Jackie Chan has decided not to risk his neck for movies anymore. Given the actor isn’t getting any younger, his announcement wasn’t altogether surprising.
“I’m not young any more, honestly,” Chan recently told MSN India while promoting Chinese Zodiac. “Why [do] I have to use my own life to still do these kind of things? I will still do as much as I can. But I just don’t want to risk my life to sit in a wheelchair, that’s all.”
However, just because Chan isn’t willing to put his life on the life for a motion picture doesn’t mean he’s turning his back on the genre altogether. In fact, the actor recently revealed that he had signed on to co-star in the upcoming sequel The Expendables 3.
“Sly had invited me to be in ‘Expendables 2′ but I was too busy filming ['Chinese Zodiac'] and couldn’t make a commitment to the film,” Jackie Chan told Yahoo! News. “But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes.”
Chinese Zodiac opened in China on December 20. North American fans will hopefully get a chance to see Jackie Chan’s final death defying feature at some point next year.