London: Martial arts star Jackie Chan has confirmed that his next film, ‘Chinese Zodiac’, will be his last as an action star.
“This will be my last big action movie,” the BBC quoted him as saying at a news conference in Cannes.
“The world is too violent now. I love fighting but I hate violence,” he said.
The film, due for release in December, is the third in Chan’s ‘Armour of God’ series.
The first film was released in 1987, with Chan playing the Indiana Jones-style character Asian Hawk.
“I want the audience to know I’m not just about fighting, also I can act. And so, day by day, year by year, I said, ‘Right, I’m going to show you the real Jackie Chan’,” he said.
Last year, the 58-year-old starred opposite Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith in the remake of ‘The Karate Kid’, in the role of Smith’s mentor Miyagi.
“I don’t just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. So for the last 10 years I’ve done other films like ‘The Karate Kid’, where I’d rather play an old man,” he said.
The Hong Kong-born actor began his career as a stuntman working alongside his idol Bruce Lee in the films ‘Fists of Fury’, in 1972, and ‘Enter The Dragon’, in 1973.
Since then he has appeared in more than 100 movies, famously doing all of his own stunts. He claims to have broken almost every bone in his body.
His most serious injury occurred when he fell from a tree, fracturing his skull.
“I will ask my body how long I can go. I’m not young anymore,” he said.
“In the future I’ll still do ‘Karate Kid 2’, ‘Rush Hour 4’,” he added.