Jackie Chan is an icon and a role model for many people for his career achievements, but who is a real Jackie? Does he deserve to be called so? Jackie Chan had a horrible life story and that’s why he kept risking his life in his movies.
While most people think Jackie just enjoyed entertaining the audience, from the beginning, he had nothing to value his life for. His struggles trace all the way back to his childhood: Jackie saw poverty, class division, gangs, and a hostile environment. He and his parents were living in the servant quarters of a prestigious Hong Kong area. Back in his childhood Jackie always hated rich people and felt jealous. That was how he found Kung Fu to sublimate the hatred. Almost no actors at the time were ready to perform death-defying stunts in their movies but Jackie Chan was.
Despite his impressive arsenal of skills and acting talent, the actor’s road wasn’t easy. As well as the price for doing extremely dangerous stunts. Did you know that Jackie Chan literally has a hole in his head? The secret of such bravery is regular cowardice. During his years of fame, Chan became a person he used to despise. Кich Chan drank a lot, gambled, and even splurged on prostitutes. He stopped to value relationships with women and did many things only to show off.
Jackie’s fans thought that maybe when the actor’s kids were born he may change for them. Sadly he’s not even close to the dad people dream about. Jackie has two kids and managed to ruin relationships with both of his children. His elder son Jaycee went to jail and his daughter Etta became homeless for a month because of her father’s arrogance. Despite how controversial Chan’s family relationships may be, he’s always been on very good terms with his friends and colleagues. He also takes place in many hearts of many people who he inspires from the screen.
However, Jackie Chan’s life story isn’t over yet. The movie legend is on his road to redemption now. You can read his revealing autobiography to find out all the details, but for a brief story watch our video to find out who is the real person behind everyone’s favorite stunt performer!
Jackie Chan’s risked his health and his life more than 70 times. But why did he do that? The answer will shock you.
While most people think Jackie just enjoyed entertaining the audience, through his pain, he was actually looking for redemption. His struggles trace all the way back to his childhood, fights in school, gangs, and never-ending poverty. That’s what little Jackie saw around him. He and his parents were living in the servant quarters of a prestigious Hong Kong area. Seeing the giant class distinctions, Jackie hated rich people. “Ever since I was a little boy I’d been looked down on by rich kids”. He felt jealous. Chan had so much energy that his parents used to call him cannonball and the only thing that helped him control it was Kung Fu.
Now it’s hard to believe but Jackie didn’t start out in action movies. No, he was in adult flex. “I had to do anything I could to make a living, but I don’t think it’s a big deal”. The starving actor had to go full frontal before he found his personal key to success. Almost no actors at the time were ready to perform defying stunts in their movies but Jackie was. And that idea and his willpower put him on the road to success. However, it cost him a lot, from breaking his sternum to getting a hole in his head. It’s a true miracle that Jackie’s still alive. But if you think that he’s never been afraid of dangerous tricks, then think again. There was just something mysterious about Jackie’s personality that kept pushing him to the very edge of his existence. So, why did he risk his life so many times?
Perhaps, unconsciously, Jackie was trying to end it all because the years had played a terrible trick on him. As a kid, he hated wealthy people but when he grew up he became one himself and he immediately wanted to get back at the people who’d looked down on him in the past. As a result, rich Chan drank a lot, gambled and even splurged on produce. “I behaved so badly because of my deep insecurities”.
Jackie confessed in his autobiography Never Grow Up that any whiff of snobbishness or superiority set him on edge and that jealous energy pushed him to want more and more. Once Jackie bought seven of the most expensive watches for $64,000, made plans with his friends, and made sure to roll up his sleeves exposing his watches. “For one whole week, I wore a different watch every day just to show off”. Sadly, he didn’t foresee the moment when he became someone he used to despise as he wrote in his autobiography. Jackie behaved like quite a nasty jerk. He was extremely selfish in his relationships with women, cheating on them and even leaving them when they got pregnant. “I was selfish and didn’t know how to empathize with others”.
Over the years, Jackie became even nastier and when he had his own family and kids, his behavior worsened. Jackie was a horrible father and his children hated him. He confessed that he’d always believed kids need to be smacked to be disciplined and tragically, that’s what Jackie did. In his autobiography, he told a horrifying story about how aggressive he was to his boy Jaycee. “When my son was still young, I hit him once and was very heavy-handed directly lifting him and throwing him onto the sofa”.
When Jaycee grew up, he got into real trouble. He was jailed for distributing addictive substances. And you know what Jackie did, he turned his back on his son. He didn’t show up for the trial or even visit Jaycee in prison. Why? Nobody knows for sure. Perhaps Jackie was disappointed by his son’s lack of discipline. Jackie always stood up for himself and was raised in a strict household and he expected Jaycee to be the same. But what the legendary actor didn’t realize is that times have Changed.
Jackie’s daughter, Etta, also suffered a lot from her father. She and Chan have always had a tough relationship and even lived separately for a long time. And when Etta came out, it was a total shock for Jackie. Yes, Chan’s daughter was homeless because she wasn’t accepted for her true self. Jackie didn’t support her at all. When Jackie was asked to comment on his daughter’s sexual orientation, he made as brief a statement as possible, “If she likes it, that’s fine”. And that was it. No more comments.
Despite how controversial Chan’s family relationships may be, he’s always been on very good terms with his friends and colleagues. Just look at the video where Jackie met his first stunt team on the 40th anniversary of their founding. That definitely brings some tears and portrays a sense of how connected they were. It’s impossible to imagine how horribly different Jackie’s life was and that’s what destroyed the legendary actor from the inside right until he found the courage, true inner courage to accept his guilt. Jackie Chan’s revealing autobiography is called Never Grow Up and writing it, accepting and regressing all the horrible things that he did, helped Jackie to finally grow up and today, he’s a different man, living a different life without fighting anyone or himself anymore.
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