If you’re a movie lover, you’ll probably know of Jackie Chan (成龙). Famed for his stunts and martial arts, his work has left many stunned and wanting more.
Jackie is known for his dedication to his craft, but it seems he thinks that the recent generation isn’t. The Hong Kong actor recently claimed that many young actors are not giving their all when filming these days.
In a recent interview with Lan Yu Meeting Room (蓝羽会客厅), the renown actor was discussing what goes on while filming. He brought up some injuries he had sustained when doing his stunts which led to him criticising the professionalism of younger actors.
“Well, I won’t list any names,” Jackie said solemnly. “(But) our actors cannot sweat. Our actors cannot hang on wires. They cannot do dangerous things.” He further claimed that they were always focused on being beautiful and are unable to work hard. Jackie shared that their work ethics left him disappointed and angry.
He also brought up the fact that the actors would arrive late to set. “You (think you are worthy) of the many staff members who are on scene for you, to do lighting for you and are waiting on you,” he stated. “You are the latest to arrive but the earliest to leave.”
Jackie then asked the behind-the-scenes team to not coddle their actors. He hoped they would respect the lighting and filming team especially in regards to their time. “If (they) cannot come, don’t say, “My actor wants to leave”,” he requested. This isn’t the first time Jackie has brought up his disappointment in younger actors’ work ethics. He previously expressed his dissatisfaction in 2016.
However, netizens aren’t happy with the veteran star. Some brought up scandals he’s been involved in. Others were unhappy that he refused to give names. As one pointed out, “I don’t know if Jackie Chan realises that it’s easier to accidentally hurt people if you don’t say names.”
Jackie’s criticism may be harsh, but presumably he means well. We do understand that acting may be a high-paying job, but it is also hard work! However, while we appreciate all that actors do when producing a movie, we sincerely hope it doesn’t come at the cost of their health.
You can check out his full interview here: