Af­ter son’s jail time, Jackie Chan aims to work with Jaycee on mu­sic and film

The China Post - - ARTS - BY LOUISE WATT

Ac­tion star Jackie Chan says he wants to work with his son Jaycee on a movie and an al­bum as they mend their re­la­tion­ship af­ter Jaycee was im­pris­oned on a drug charge.

Jaycee Chan was re­leased from a 6-month prison sen­tence in Fe­bru­ary af­ter plead­ing guilty to al­low­ing oth­ers to use mar­i­juana at his Bei­jing apart­ment.

Jackie Chan, 61, said late Mon­day that prison was good for his son be­cause it made him ma­ture and that their re­la­tion­ship has changed for the bet­ter.

Be­fore, “I was too Chi­nese, tra­di­tional — you, son, go away, I don’t want to help you, you have to help your­self,” Chan said in an in­ter­view in Bei­jing. When film­ing the re­make of “The Karate Kid” along­side Will Smith’s teenage son Jaden Smith, Chan said he was struck see­ing Will “help­ing his son to be in a movie, ev­ery day on the set.”

“I say why am I so stub­born? I have to help my son,” Chan told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The Hong Kong ac­tor said he was look­ing for suit­able movie projects for Jaycee, 32, and in the mean­time his son would pro­duce one of his records, ex­pected out at the end of the year. He also said he hoped Jaycee would sing a duet with him on one of the tracks.

“Prob­a­bly there is one song that we will sing to each other,” said Chan, adding that in it he would apol­o­gize for ig­nor­ing Jaycee when he was young. “I say ‘sorry, I was busy at that time.’”

Chan said he wasn’t sure his ac­tor-singer son would go for it, and that he might have to find some­body to sing it for him.

He said Jaycee wrote songs and scripts and read a lot of books in prison, and joked that a bit of prison time might be good for a lot of peo­ple.

“So many rich peo­ple, like some of my friends, they take 10 days or a month to the moun­tain to pu­rify,” Chan said, adding that his busy sched­ule doesn’t al­low him to re­lax for 10 days.

“I think some­times I should set up the jail hol­i­day, force some rich peo­ple, even my­self, to go to jail,” he said. “These days all the peo­ple need to do this be­cause they’re so busy.”

Af­ter the de­ten­tion of Jaycee Chan and other ac­tors on drugs charges, Chi­nese author­i­ties said they would ban celebri­ties linked to drugs from ap­pear­ing in movies and TV shows in China. How­ever, the younger Chan still ap­peared in a small role in Chen Kaige’s re­cent “Monk comes down a Moun­tain,” which had al­ready fin­ished film­ing when Chan was de­tained.

Jackie Chan’s latest film, “Dragon Blade,” is a US$65 mil­lion ac­tion movie set 2,000 years ago fea­tur­ing Ro­man sol­diers and a Chi­nese force that pro­tects the Silk Road. It was a big suc­cess in China, pulling in more than US$115 mil­lion ear­lier this year, and de­buts in the United States on Sept. 4.

Chan plays a squad com­man­der who strikes up a friend­ship with Ro­man gen­eral Lu­cius, played by John Cu­sack, who has fled his home­land be­cause of ruth­less ruler Tiberius, por­trayed by Adrien Brody.

Chan, who chore­ographed the fight scenes, said Cu­sack knew how to free fight but not how to use a sword. “He cut me so many times in the fin­ger, again and again, and Adrien Brody same thing, but I had to pre­tend noth­ing hap­pened, OK, con­tinue.”

Chan’s movies in the pipeline in­clude a China-Bol­ly­wood ac­tion com­edy called “Kung Fu Yoga,” a World War II drama ti­tled “Rail­road Tigers,” and “The Karate Kid 2.” The “Karate Kid” script is still be­ing writ­ten as Will Smith isn’t com­fort­able with it, Chan said.

“I said ‘hurry up or oth­er­wise Jaden will be taller than me,’” Chan said.


Ac­tion star Jackie Chan speaks dur­ing an in­ter­view in Bei­jing, Mon­day, Aug. 3.

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