Jackie Chan says his newest film, "Chinese Zodiac," will be his last major action film, but adds that he is not quitting the genre entirely.
The 58-year-old Hong Kong actor had in May told reporters at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival that "Chinese Zodiac," which is set for release in December, would be his "last action film." He said he was "not young any more" and was "really, really tired."
When asked about the issue by a TMZ cameraman in Beverly Hills, California in July, Chan said, "No. I still do action movie (sic)," and also nodded when asked if he still planned to perform all of his own stunts.
The veteran action star, known for movies such as the "Rush Hour" series," recently clarified his stance again, telling the Reuters news wire in a recent interview in Beijing, published on Monday, November 19, that "Chinese Zodiac" will be his last major action feature, but that it would not mark the end of his action career in general.
"I'm not young any more, honestly," he said. "Why (do) I have to use my own life to still do these kind of things? I will still do as much as I can. But I just don't want to risk my life to sit in a wheelchair, that's all."
The actor also noted that much can be done on movie sets without physical risk thanks to special effects and stunt doubles, Reuters reported.
"Chinese Zodiac" is due to hit theaters on December 12. Chan directs and stars as Asian Hawk, a fortune hunter who is searching the world for a set of 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. The actor described the movie, which he also directed and wrote, as one of the "most important" films in his career.
Chan had said at Cannes that he wanted to become an "Asian Robert De Niro," adding: "I don't just want to be an action star; I want to be a true actor. I want to get rid of my image."