"I don't want a screen between me and my fans"
Jackie Chan has discussed his love for his fans and his dislike for social media.
In an interview with AOL Entertainment, the Hong Kong movie star expressed compassion for his fans. “I hope [fans] can be patient when they see me,” Chan said. “Sometimes they push each other just to get close to me. I don’t want anyone to get hurt because of me — that really concerns me. It’s the last thing I would want to happen.”
Chan has recently been promoting his latest release, Kung Fu Yoga, saying he has become accustomed to “very enthusiastic” from fans across the globe.
“In some countries, fans are really shy. in other countries, the fans just treat me as their buddy. For example, in the US, fans would simply call out ‘Give me five!’ or do a fist-bump with me,” Chan said. “But I think every individual is unique in this world, and I really love all my fans.”
Currently, Chan over 64 million Facebook followers. However, the kung fu master prefers real life interaction. “I prefer to interact with people in the real world, face-to-face. I find such directness more humane,” he explained. “I’m a people person. I don’t want a screen between me and my fans.”
Nonetheless, he’s appreciative of their online support. “I appreciate that they follow me!,” he finished.
Promoting Kung Fu Yoga, Chan said the film offers a wild ride. “Perhaps you have seen me in many car chases before, but this time there are wild expensive luxury cars loaned by the Dubai government and its royal family,” Chan said. “There’s even a lion riding with me as we fly through the air!”
Kung Fu Yoga is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 8 August.
Recently, the premier trailer for Chan‘s upcoming film The Foreigner, starring Pierce Brosnan, was released online.