After more than 50 years in the film industry, Jackie Chan hardly requires an introduction. The writer, director, stuntman, and composer has so may fascinating aspects about his life. Here are 50 kick-ass little known facts about the legend Jackie Chan.
1/50. He worked with Bruce Lee as a stunt coordinator. Says the most painful of all the injuries he's sustained in his career happened on Enter the Dragon (1973), when Bruce Lee accidentally hit him in the face with a nunchuck.
2/50. In his action scenes, his punches and kicks actually connect with their targets. He has his actors wear special padding in their feet and body to prevent serious injury.
3/50. In the act of performing his own stunts, he has broken his nose three times, his ankle once, most of the fingers in his hand, both cheekbones and his skull.
4/50. Due to an on-set stunt accident, Jackie has a permanent plastic plug in his skull.
5/50. He was to star in a film entitled "Nosebleed", but the project was canceled after the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. He was to play a window-washer at the WTC who has to stop a terrorist plot.
6/50. Most often dubs his own voice for the English release of his Asian films. He also dubs his Asian films in Mandarin.
7/50. He has his own stunt team, known as the Sing Ga Ban (Jackie Chan Stuntman Association). Members of the team appear as extras in his films. The team includes Andy Kay, Chung Cheng, Chung Chi Li(Nicky Li), and Bradley James Allan. Jackie and his stunt team have no insurance, so he pays for himself and his team.
8/50. Guinness awarded Mr. Chan the record for the most film credits in his movie 'Chinese Zodiac.' In it, he was the writer, director, lead actor, producer, executive producer, cinematographer, art director, unit production manager, stunt coordinator, prop man, gaffer, stuntman, composer, theme song vocalist, and catering coordinator.
9/50. Has a great, long-lasting relationship with Mitsubishi Motors. The company has donated many of their automobiles for his films.
10/50. He is trained in Northern & Southern styles of Kung-Fu as well as other styles of Martial Arts including Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Hapkido. Chan also has some experience in Jeet Kune Do having studied under Bruce Lee.
11/50. Despite being known for his extraordinary combat skills, Jackie abhors violence in real life and claims to having only been in one fight his entire life and only then because his friends dragged him into it.
12/50. His greatest regret in life is not having received a proper education, inspiring him to fund educational institutions around the world.
13/50. During the fight scenes, Jackie and the stunt fighters communicate by making specific grunting noises.
14/50. He was sucker punched by one of his fans while filming Rush Hour 2 (2001) because the fan thought he would block the punch. [April, 2001]
15/50. Jackie Chans son will get none of his $130 Million fortune. According to him, If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.
16/50. Chan said in an interview that his inspiration to perform stunts was from films such as The General where Buster Keaton performed his own stunts.
17/50. Jackie Chan used to carry multiple guns and even a grenade to protect himself and his other artists from The Triad in the 1980s and 1990s.
18/50. The only two things scare him are needles and public speaking.
19/50. Jackie Chan reportedly spent 12 months in the womb. His Mother therefore nicknamed him Cannonball.
20/50. Jackie Chan holds the Guinness World Record for Most Stunts by a Living Actor.
21/50. Jackie started acting at a very young age. He took an interest in it at age 5.
22/50. His father Charles was a spy for Chinese Nationalist government.
23/50. His mother Lee-Lee was a stage performer who also sold opium on the side.
24/50. Young Jackie Chan failed his first year in primary school.
25/50. Chan was left in a boarding school while his parents went to Australia in search of work.
26/50. He has released 20 albums since 1984 and has performed vocals in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Taiwanese.
27/50. After a fight, Chan once spent two days trying to push his bone back into his fist but later realized it was the other guy's tooth.
28/50. During 'Armour of God' he was in an accident and had a permanent plastic plug placed in his skull.
29/50. Chan once broke twelve concrete blocks with his hand, while holding an egg in his fist. The egg was not broken.
30/50. Jackie never was passionate about the Rush Hour series but did it because he was offered an irresistible amount of money.
31/50. He speaks 7 languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, English, German, Korean, Japanese and Thai and also American sign-language.
32/50. Chan is a big supporter of China's Communist Party and he thinks the Taiwanese democracy is "the biggest joke in the world".
33/50. Jackie Chan once jumped out a plane and landed on top of a hot air balloon.
34/50. Jackie has broken his nose 3 times, injured his knees, dislocated both his shoulders, his pelvis and sternum and crushed his thighs between two vehicles.
35/50. Chan began his film career as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films, Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon.
36/50. Jackie Chan taught a catfish tricks in Mandarin and English.
37/50. In the movie 'Dragon Lord,' one scene took Jackie 2900 separate takes because it was so complex.
38/50. Chan didn't actually voice his character in the Jackie Chan Adventures series of cartoons.
39/50. In Jackie Chan Adventures, the character of his niece was voiced by Stacie Chan, his real niece.
40/50. He received the name "Jackie" from fellow workers on a construction site in Australia, who couldn't pronounce his real name, which is actually Chan Kong-sang. Kong Sang means "Born In Hong Kong.
41/50. Chan always plays the good guy roles expect in Rumble in Hong Kong.
42/50. Jackie Chan is known to keep trying failed stunts until he succeeds.
43/50. His wife, Lin Feng-jiao is a Taiwanese actress. They married in 1982.
44/50. Jackie's son Jaycee Chan was conceived with his wife Lin. He also has a daughter as a result of an extra-marital affair with Elaine Ng Yi-Lei.
45/50. Jackie Chan loves football and supports the Hong Kong National team, England National team and Manchester City.
46/50. Jackie's stage name was 'Become the Dragon' for a while.
47/50. Jackie loves giving thumbs up.
48/50. He was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to entertainment in 1989.
49/50. While filming for Wheels on Meals in 1984, Jackie became angry after being painfully hurt by Benny The Jet Urquidez (a kickboxing world champion) while shooting a fight scene with him. Jackie, by-the-way had landed a few blows on the boxer as well. Letting by-gones be by-gones, Jackie and Urquidez appeared again in a fight scene of the film Dragons Forever (1988).
Jackie isnt much of a fan of Hollywood. Even after years of success with blockbuster movies like Rush Hour films and Shanghai Noon films, Jackie says that he doesnt get American humour nor does he understands Hollywoods craziness behind car-chase formulated film.