"I'm like a 70-year-old guy."
Jackie Chan has compared his upcoming film The Foreigner with his 1998 classic Rush Hour.
In an interview with SCMP, Chan discussed his plans to continue making action movies, his latest task of voicing the Lego Ninjago film and his upcoming film The Foreigner.
With regards to lending his voice to Lego Ninjago, Chan said his extensive filmography has allowed for his fans to recognise voice without his face. “I’ve been making movies for 57 years. More than 200 movies,” Chan explained. “I’m just so lucky. Even without my face, children recognise my voice.”
He added that his character can do a lot a more than he can at his age. “In a cartoon like Ninjago, you never get old. Whatever you can think, you can do it. My character does this 360 [degree] high kick.”
However, the 65-year-old still hopes to continue producing action movies like The Foreigner. “I believe I can do – not flipping, not the big stunts – but for another five or 10 years, I still can move. All the small movements – punching, kicking – that’s easy. That’s a normal day for me. Whatever you can do today, you can do tomorrow.”
“I think I will continue to do action films because action films are still popular around the world and also, for myself, I love to do action. I want to show the audience my age that I still can do a lot of things.”
Nonetheless, Chan reminds fans that The Foreigner will not be like Rush Hour. “But The Foreigner is not like Rush Hour,” Chan says. “I’m like a 70-year-old guy [in the film] so all the fighting and all the choreography is suitable for the movie. It’s not like suddenly the old guy is doing double kicks. That would kill the whole movie.”
The Foreigner will be released on 13 October 2017.