Jackie Chan feels ‘use­less’ in wake of Ve­gas at­tack

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - ENTERTAINMENT - 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 ac­tion-thriller, The For­eigner, open­ing Oct. 13. the ac­tor takes a dra­matic turn as a grief­stricken 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.”

Va­lerie Ma­con/getty images

Ac­tor Jackie Chan at­tends The Los Angeles Pre­miere of The For­eigner, on Oct. 5, in Hol­ly­wood, Calif.

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