World 'too violent' so Chan gives movies the chop
JACKIE Chan has announced his retirement as an action star, saying he is too old for stunts and the world is "too violent".
The 58-year-old actor said he felt "really, really tired" after decades of pushing his body to the limit.
Speaking in Cannes, Mr Chan said that his latest Hollywood outing, 'Chinese Zodiac', would be the last time audiences see him performing his trademark martial arts stunts, which he does without the help of a body double.
"This is my last action film," he said. "I tell you, I'm not young any more. I'm really, really tired.
"And the world is too violent right now. It's a dilemma -- I like fighting but I don't like violence."
Mr Chan said he planned to continue his acting career but hoped to concentrate on more serious roles.
"For the last 10 years I have been making some other different movies. I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro. 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," he said.
'Chinese Zodiac' is Mr Chan's 100th film.
Producer Brett Ratner said: "Jackie is super-human. In Hollywood we would do a green screen and put the actors on wires and pretend they were in the sky. Jackie does it for real.''
In his teens, Mr Chan worked as a stuntman on Bruce Lee films.
The Hong Kong-born actor became a crossover Hollywood star in the 1990s with hits including 'Rumble In The Bronx', 'Rush Hour' and 'Shanghai Noon'. (© Daily Telegraph, London)