The 58-year-old also mentioned the world being "too violent right now" as playing a factor in his decision.
Though he has noted his desire to retire from action films in the past, Chan says he's serious this time. "For the last 10 years I have been making some other different movies," he said. "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 promised movie-goers would slowly but surely come to see "the real Jackie Chan."
In Chinese Zodiac, his 100th feature film, Chan stars as a fortune hunter in search of bronze heads representing the 12 animals of the zodiac. The Hong Kong-born actor says he's been working on Zodiac for seven years, and calls it the "most important" movie of his career.
Instead, he'll merely be scaling back "the life risking stunts," letting a stunt-double do the high-flying feats he would normally do himself. "I will continue to do international action movies," he writes. "And I will keep improving my English."
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