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Jackie Chan wants to be `Asian Robert De Niro`

London: Action legend Jackie Chan says he wants to take a break from action-oriented films and concentrate on performance-based roles in Hollywood.

The Hong Kong-born star was thankful when Will Smith offered the script of `The Karate Kid`.

"Will actually called me and said `Let`s do `Karate Kid`. And I was unsure, I said send the script. I thought I was the karate kid and I wondered who the master would be. I read the script and I thought, yes, you have cast me without action and I can act. Now it`s proof I can act. I want to be the Asian Robert De Niro!" he said.

The 56-year-old says he is not so keen to recreate roles such as Inspector Lee in "Rush Hour" and would prefer more serious movies, reports contactmusic.com.

"I keep saying to myself, `How long can I keep doing action stunts?`. So many action stars have a short lifespan... in Hollywood whenever I present a script, people are like, `No, no`. `Rush Hour 3`. Or `Rush Hour 4`. And I say, `I can`t do that any more!`" said Chan.

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