the questions and answers which were posted on the E! Online Celebrity
Q & A in September, 2002. Click
here to link to the site. Click
here to read Jackie's 1997 Q & A. Click
here to read his 2001 interview (plus see video of Jackie describing
one of the stunts from Rush Hour 2)
From caladon: How
does it feel to be an animated character?
I've always wanted to be animated, because when I was young, I watched
a lot of cartoons. My heroes were Batman and Superman. I never thought
that one day I would have my own cartoon. I never imagined it; I just
did my thing. And then Columbia TriStar said, "Do you want your own
cartoon?" and I said, "Yes!" I never asked how much they
would pay me. If they gave me $10, I would do it. And one more thing,
cartoons never get old. I never have to break my ankle.
From sircharles34: If
your cartoon character could team with Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck, who would
you choose for him?
From kimad: If you could
meet your hero, who would he or she be?
Oh, there's so many. When I was young, it was Superman, Batman. But always,
it's really been firemen, policemen. That's why I always play a good policeman.
People who help people have always been my heroes.
What was the scariest stunt you ever performed?
Actually, all of the stunts are scary. I couldn't say which one was scariest.
So many of them are things I don't do every day. Punch-kicking I do every
day, but jump off a building, backward ski, roll under the car I don't do
everyday. After I created myself as an action hero, they tell me to jump from
this building to that one. Okay, wow, I'll do it, but it's scary. I'm scared
all the time, but I have to do it.
I recently read your autobiography, in which you mention doing a movie based
on your father's life. When will we see it?
It's done. I've just finished it. Now my manager is talking with Miramax about
it. There's no title to it yet, but it's my father's life. Two or three years
ago, I was with my father and he said, "Son, there's something I have
to tell you before I die." I was shocked. "What is it; what's happening?"
He said, "Someday I might slip and never get up, and I want you to know
something." I was really curious, but I said, "Don't tell me right
now, let me set up a camera." I wanted to document it. Then I finished
writing the script and made the movie.
From jumpnjak: You are
such a great comedic actor! Have you considered taking more dramatic roles?
I would love for someone to come up to me with a script like Spy Game or Gladiator,
where the fighting is not that important. It's the story. Nobody wants me
to act. They want Rush Hour 3, Shanghai Dawn. They never think of me for serious
scripts. If Spy Game 2 comes around, they'll think of Robert De Niro, but
they'd never think of me.
Just how many bones have you broken in your career?
I cannot remember--a lot! My arms, shoulders, ribs. Crack, crack, crack.
Broken, broken, broken.
(THE NEXT QUESTION
IS THE ONE POSTED BY THE KIDS CLUB PRESIDENT!!!)
From jackiechanfan: Which
of your characters is most like Jackie Chan?
The ones in Armour of God, Police Story. When I'm directing myself, it's
almost just like me. Everything from my life, I put into my movies.
From brent_carey: Do
you practice the martial aspects of kung fu? What is your daily training routine?
I've practiced southern-style, northern-style. When I was young, and crazy
about martial arts, I studied hapkido, judo, boxing, all kinds. Now, my style
is like chop suey--everything. Every day I'm doing CableFlex, light weights--no
more than 20 pounds. I can't get too big. I have to stay slim so I can move.
A lot of jogging, quick walking. Quick walk for 20 minutes everyday, it's
the best! Good for the heart, good for everything.
From astrokat: We know
you love cars, but what about motorcycles? What's your favorite bike?
I have to say Yamaha, because I have a relationship with them. I use them
for all of my movies. For cars, it's Mitsubishi. The Japanese companies give
me a lot of money to do their commercials. Plus, I trust them, and loyalty
is very important. A few days ago, I did some MTV thing, and they gave me
a Lexus to use, but I called up Mitsubishi and said, "Send me a car."
From angiepauley: What
is your favorite place to visit?
Really hard to say. I'd like a place like Vancouver, with people like the
Japanese and ruled by Singapore. I think it's about having the right timing
when you're in a place. Vancouver has lots of parks. The Japanese are very
polite, it's very clean there. Singapore is very disciplined. I like discipline.
Seven o'clock call time on the set? I'm dressed and ready. So, if we had this
type of country, I would like it. I like L.A., but sometimes I don't like
L.A. I like Japan, but sometimes I don't like Japan. I like Singapore, but
there're some things I don't like about Singapore. Hard to say. Everywhere
the same, in some ways. You go to Beijing, and there's a Starbucks!
From nick.v: Will
Police Story 5 ever get made?
Yes. I already have a story; I just don't know when. My schedule's fully
booked. I do have a Police Story 5. I have an Armour of God 3. The scripts
are both ready to go. I just don't have time.
From patbooks: Do you
have any control over the changes made to your films by American distributors?
Now, yes. Before, I had to really trust American marketing, when they said,
"Jackie, we have to cut this or do that." And I said, "Okay,"
because I didn't know American culture. But after I started hearing from the
fans, "Jackie, we don't like this version; we like the Chinese version,"
then I realized they cut the wrong things. From now on, if they want to cut
my movie, I'm not going to do the promotion. Now, they listen to me.
From jellybnz: How long
before you retire?
Three years ago, I said five years. Now, you ask me...hmmm...maybe another
five years. I have no idea. I'm not as fast as I was before. People say, "You're
still so good, so physical--how do you do it?" I have a special trick:
I do my own choreography. I do all the action. Before I would do jump kicks,
but now I can't do them as high as before. So, what can I do? I have someone
push me, then I can run two steps to do the jump kick, but the audience doesn't
know. It really helps, and I can make myself look good.
From baihaolin: How did
you start your cups-and-saucers collection?
When I made Rumble in the Bronx in Vancouver, my art director gave me a cup
and saucer. And he said, "They're antiques," and gave them to me
as a gift, adding, "I hope you like them." And I said, "What
is it?" He said it was bone china. And I started collecting them. Now
I have 1,200 cups and saucers in my office. Wherever I go, I get them. I just
buy it--all vintage.
From jf01: How many tuxedos
did you have to wear to film The Tuxedo?
I had 300. All Giorgio Armani. It was amazing. They were just all hanging
there. Whenever I'd sit down too long and get up, they had me change into
a new one.
From victoriapeak: Any
chance we'll see and hear you sing in a movie?
I keep asking my manager about it. Now I want to sing American songs. [Breaks
into song.] "Wise men say...only fools rush in, but I can't help...falling
in love with you." I hope so, yes.
From jf01: Do ever dream
No. Always Chinese.