Jackie Chan feels ‘use­less’ in wake of Ve­gas at­tack

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - WORLD NEWS - NI­COLE EVATT

LOS ANGELES — Jackie Chan wishes he could have used his iconic, on-screen mar­tial arts skills to help those hurt at Sun­day’s mass shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas.

“A lot of young kids say ‘Jackie, you’re a su­per­hero. You’re a hero.’ I re­ally want to be any su­per­hero (so) I can fly around the world, save the peo­ple, beat up the bad peo­ple, put them in the jail. But some­times I watch this, I’m just use­less. Only thing I can do is pray, pray for them,” Chan said in an in­ter­view Tues­day.

The ram­page by Stephen Pad­dock killed at least 59 peo­ple and in­jured 527 oth­ers at the Route 91 Har­vest Fes­ti­val.

Chan does get the chance to bat­tle ter­ror­ists in his new ac­tion­thriller, The For­eigner, open­ing Oct. 13. The ac­tor takes a dra­matic turn as a grief-stricken fa­ther hunt­ing a rogue IRA cell re­spon­si­ble for an ex­plo­sion that killed his daugh­ter.

“I hope through the movie (to) tell the peo­ple (to) stop these kinds of vi­o­lent things,” Chan said. “It’s a good mes­sage to tell, stop these kind of ter­ror things, stop the bomb­ing, stop hurt­ing in­no­cent peo­ple.”

Other films can­celled and scaled back pro­mo­tion in the wake of the at­tack in Las Ve­gas — some­thing Chan thought long and hard about.

“Yes, it is chal­leng­ing,” he said of con­tin­u­ing the film’s pro­mo­tional tour, which in­cludes Thurs­day’s Los Angeles pre­miere. “Asked what should I do? Should we change? Should we can­cel? And you know I’m re­ally a for­eigner in an­other coun­try. I don’t know what to do. You know, what should I say? Any­thing I can (do to) help?”

At 63, the Hong Kong star is hop­ing to prove he can do more than mar­tial arts.

“I want to be a true ac­tor. I don’t want au­di­ences to keep think­ing I’m an ac­tion star. One day I’m get­ting old, I can­not fight any­more. I want to be a Robert De Niro. I want to be a Clint East­wood,” he said. “They are true ac­tors, but they can fight!”

Chan says a ro­man­tic lead in a mu­si­cal would be a dream gig.

“I’d love to do it! I want to be some­thing spe­cial. I want to be in a mu­si­cal ac­tion com­edy movie. You know fight­ing with singing, danc­ing,” Chan said. “Of course if a di­rec­tor hire me to do some kind of La La Land and Sound of Mu­sic, I’d love to do it. I re­ally do try ev­ery­thing, any­thing.”

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