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Chan says Hollywood held him back

JackieChan.jpgI don't think it's really a surprise to hear that Jackie Chan was restricted throughout his years acting in Hollywood, after all as soon as the western Chan films started appearing the stunts were pale incomparisons to some of these he'd done before in the east, and the films suffered as a result.

Through Yahoo News he tells us that this was the case:

"There are so many safety and insurance rules to follow...I know that they want to make sure that I'm safe when I do my stunts, but sometimes they insist that I use protective gear for even simple things, and that is frustrating. It takes so much time...

...In Hong Kong we just go ahead and do what needs to be done. There is no safety captain on the set. I use my own stunt team because they have experience and I trust them to make the action and stunts safe,"

He does say that as time passed the directors would start to listen to his suggestions and he would get more involved in the stunt work, but he still says that "mostly it's difficult".

To be honest it's an ongoing problem we see with eastern talent and films coming to the west, they are either diluted, hacked to pieces, or any soul drained out of them. That said, there are a few superb examples where it can be done just right, look at The Departed (review). Why does Hollywood keep doing this? Take the talent and films across by all means, but find out what is at their heart and preserve it, don't destroy it.



I call it Hollyweird nowadays. It's a shame really if that was the case. I am not a huge fan of Jacki Chan but I remember watching a few of his films when I was growing up and its true, compare it to the ones he did in Hollywood the stunts are much inferior.


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