Karate Kid a nice break for Chan
Jackie Chan has said his serious role in The Karate Kid was a pleasant break from his usual action-comedy parts.
The star's turn as the stern Mr Han, the Mr Miyagi character in the remake of the 80s hit, has won praise from reviewers.
Chan told reporters in Beijing that such parts are rarely offered to him in the US, where audiences are more used to seeing him in jokey, light-hearted roles in films such as the Rush Hour series. "I'm very happy to take on a different role. It's not just a comedy, but a serious role," he said.
Sony's new version of 1984's The Karate Kid debuted at No 1 for the weekend in the US with a whopping 56 million dollars, according to studio estimates. Costing just 40 million to make, the film far exceeded the studio's expectations.
Hollywood actor Will Smith, whose 12-year-old son Jaden stars in the movie, said he hopes that success will extend to China, where the film opens nationwide this week.
"I'm very excited about how well the movie did in the US and I hope the rest of the world will have the same reaction," said the star, who served as an executive producer on the film alongside wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will flew to China to promote the film's Chinese release with Chan and said the joint Chinese-US production shot in Beijing could pave the way for more. "This collaboration will speak loudly. It's truly a collaboration of two very different nations," he said.