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The Untold Truth Of Jackie Chan Life Story - Full Biography

 The man known as Jackie Chan is one of the biggest and most badass movie stars ever and the 1st to bridge the gap between Hong-Kong action mocie and big-budget American movies. Chan might be past 60, but he's still puttinghis life on the line to thrill audiences. Read the womb Though it may seem like the big-screen legendhas been around forever, Jackie Chan was born Chan Kong-sang in April 1954. Nothing weird about that… until you realizehe was supposed to be born in January of that year. Yup, he hung out in his mother's womb fora full 12 months before a British doctor had to surgically remove him. At the time of his forced birth, he weighed12 pounds. Afterward, she was totally exhausted. The nurse brought the baby in, saying, "Aw,he's so cute, just like a cannonball." 

Nevertheless, that kind of medical procedureisn't cheap, and Chan's parents couldn't afford it; thus, they tried to sell their baby tothe doctor who delivered him. The doctor said no obviously. According to Chan's memoir, his parents gatheredthe money from their friends and needed a decade to pay them all back. Learning from legends When Jackie Chan was 7 years old, he was enrolledand boarded at the China Drama Academy, where he was taught acting and singing in preparationfor a career in the Peking Opera. It was there that Chan lived and trained forthe next ten years, eventually forming an acrobatic troupe with some classmates calledthe Seven Little Fortunes. Upon leaving school, Chan used the group togain his first roles in Hong Kong movies. He and the Seven Little Fortunes were extrasand stuntmen in Enter the Dragon and Fists of Fury, two of the most famous and popularmovies ever made by Bruce Lee. 

Chan even got to spar on-camera with the screenlegend. "Suddenly, my eyes all black because he just— one stick, right here, on my head." Picky with voice parts While a star in Asia since the 1970s, JackieChan wasn't a mainstream star in the U.S. until the release of Rumble in the Bronx in1996. Before that, he helped bring American moviesto Asia: for example, he provided the Mandarin language voice acting of the Beast for theChinese dub of Beauty and the Beast. Chan has since done voice work in the English-languagereleases of other major animated movies, one notable example being his portrayal of MasterMonkey in the Kung Fu Panda movies. However, you might be surprised to hear ofthe one place he didn't lend his voice: the cartoon series Jackie Chan Adventures. Although he appeared in live-action bumpersfor the show, the cartoon version of Jackie Chan is voiced by James Sie "But I don't know anything about Children!". So much so that in 2013, his movie Chinese-Zodiac was promoted in Japan with a poster that consisted of an image of Chan's body with arrows pointing to all of his injured body parts. 

Among the injuries Chan has suffered in thepursuit of entertainment: On Drunken Master, he damaged a bone behindhis eyebrow, and it nearly blinded him. On City Hunter, he dislocated his right shoulder. On The Armour of God, Chan fell out of a treeand suffered a skull fracture, a bone cave-in behind the ear, and bleeding into his brain. During surgery, bone chips were removed fromhis head. "Two fingers. During the filming of The Accidental Spy,he broke his tailbone and was temporarily paralyzed. Oh, and he's broken his nose four separatetimes: once while making The Young Master, once on Project A, once on Miracles, and onceon Mr. Nice Guy. Ouch we'll never complain about a stubbedtoe again! "Broken, broken, teeth gone. Jaws, cheek. Broken, broken, broken. In one example of this borderline abusivepractice, Stanley Kubrick infamously required Shelley Duvall to film one scene in The Shining127 times. 

By that logic, the most sadistic directorthat Jackie Chan has ever worked with is … himself. It's been reported that the scene took 2,900takes, but it probably didn't take that many. The book Kung Fu Masters places the numberover 190, and other estimates come in at over 1,000. Either way, Chan was dedicated to the shot. Tough love Jackie Chan's a movie star, which means he'srich. He's amassed a fortune of more than $350 million. In addition to earning salary and box officepercentages from his films, he's owned a chain of movie theaters and a Segway dealership. And when he dies, a lot of that is going tocharity. But his son, Jaycee Chan who was convictedon drug charges in 2015 stands to inherit exactly none of that. In 2011, Chan publicly mentioned that he won'tleave his fortune behind to his son, remarking: "If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wastingmy money." 

It seems like there's a little more to thestory than that — especially considering the fact that their relationship isn't withoutits past bumps in the road. Jackie once even admitted that he had beatenJaycee when he was a child, admitting that he was not a "model father." "Do you give him a shot?"  In fact, he's way more politically outspokenthen most of his fans probably realize. He's even opened up about his opinions onthe American way of life on more than one occasion. In 2009, he talked about the dangers of toomuch freedom in China-controlled Taiwan, saying: "I don't know whether it is better to havefreedom or to have no freedom. It could end up like in Taiwan.