‘An­other level’

Ac­tion star Jackie Chan to re­ceive hon­orary Os­car

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As an ac­tion star, Jackie Chan never ex­pected to get an Os­car.

So he con­sid­ers re­ceiv­ing an hon­orary Academy Award from the film academy’s board of gov­er­nors his proud­est pro­fes­sional achieve­ment.

Chan will ac­cept his Os­car stat­uette on Satur­day at the eighth an­nual Gov­er­nors Awards. Film ed­i­tor Anne Coates, cast­ing di­rec­tor Lynn Stal­mas­ter and doc­u­men­tar­ian Fred­er­ick Wise­man are also re­ceiv­ing hon­orary Academy Awards, which rec­og­nize life­time achieve­ment and con­tri­bu­tions to the film in­dus­try.

“I never imag­ined that I’d re­ceive such an award,” Chan says. “I still re­mem­ber my very first proud est mo­ment was when I re­ceived an award for stunt chore­og­ra­phy. At that time, I didn’t know much about di­rect­ing. I just knew how to do ac­tion and fight­ing se­quences and stunts. Re­ceiv­ing this hon­orary award has raised my feel­ings to an­other level.”

The 62-year-old writer, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and ac­tor re­flected on his ca­reer in an email in­ter­view from his home base in Hong Kong. He plans to be in Los Angeles to ac­cept his award in per­son.

What was your most chal­leng­ing film to make and why?

Rum­ble in the Bronx had a lot of ac­tion chore­og­ra­phy, fight­ing se­quences and dan­ger­ous stunts. In Op­er­a­tion Con­dor I filmed in ex­treme tem­per­a­tures of over 40 C in the desert. I had a neardeath accident while do­ing a stunt in In Hour, Ar­mor of God. Rush di­a­logue

I found the English most chal­leng­ing.

How does mak­ing movies in Hong Kong dif­fer from Hol­ly­wood’s ap­proach to film?

I find Hol­ly­wood’s ap­proach to film pro­duc­tion very sys­tem­atic and or­ga­nized. Of course, be­ing or­ga­nized is a good thing, but some­times I feel re­strained within set rules. Hong Kong film­mak­ing is more dy­namic be­cause things can be changed on the set while we’re still film­ing. It’s more flex­i­ble and en­cour­ages cre­ativ­ity, and if we think of some­thing that might work, we try it right away.

What changes in the in­dus­try have been most sur­pris­ing to you?

Be­cause I’ve been in the film in­dus­try for over 50 years, the most sig­nif­i­cant change I’ve no­ticed is the change from us­ing 35mm­film to dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, and even 3-D film­ing. The im­prove­ment of tech­nol­ogy has changed how films are now made. What we used to use back then is now part of his­tory. I’m still fas­ci­nated by dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and the amount of work that can be done in post­pro­duc­tion with com­puter-gen­er­ated ef­fects.

What was your most ex­cit­ing Hol­ly­wood ex­pe­ri­ence?

All my ex­pe­ri­ences in Hol­ly­wood have been in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing. I’ve learned so many new things in Hol­ly­wood, made new friends and family, such as my Amer­i­can-Chi­nese brother Brett Ratner. I’ve had many great mem­o­rable mo­ments in Hol­ly­wood. I guess the most fun was mak­ing the Rush Hour se­ries.

XIAO HAO / FOR CHINA DAILY

Jackie Chan, kung fu star.

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