Jackie Chan: Not Just Karate-Chopping
"I don't want 'Rush Hour' 1, 2, 3, 4, 5," said Chan, 48, referring to his box-office hits with Chris Tucker. He calls "The Tuxedo" his opportunity "to let audiences see I have different style."
In "Tuxedo," Chan goes from driving a cab in jeans and a T-shirt to becoming a rich man's chauffeur. And, yes, despite the relationship between Chan and Hewitt, there are stunts involved.
"She can do everything," Chan said, speaking of his 23-year-old costar. "Even men say, 'I'm not going to do that, Jackie. It's too dangerous, ooh, it's too difficult.' She never says too difficult."
Still, as he pushes 50, Chan faces the difficulty of growing older. "I don't want somebody to later mention my name, always 'Jackie Chan,'" he said, making a yelping karate cry, "Hi-ya," and holding up his fists in a fighting pose.
"Why does nobody ever say, 'Robert De Niro?'" he added, mimicking the same "Hi-ya" and fist action.
Two words, Jackie: "Raging Bull."