Serious actor Jackie Chan
Harald Zwart remakes the 1984 classic with this 2010 martial arts family comedy-drama, produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and starring their son Jaden as the main character. Dre Parker (Smith) is a 12-year-old boy from Detroit who moves to Beijing, China with his mother and runs afoul of the neighborhood bully. He makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Taraji P. Henson plays the part of Dre's mother.
Jackie Chan gets bored with being asked to be an action star.
The 56-year-old actor confesses he has little appetite to recreate roles such as Inspector Lee in 'Rush Hour' and would prefer to work on more serious movies.
He told BANG Showbiz: "I keep saying to myself, 'How long can I keep doing action stunts?', so many action stars have a short lifespan... in Hollywood whenever I present a script people are like, 'No, no. 'Rush Hour 3'.' Or 'Rush Hour 4'. And I say, 'I can't do that any more!' "
However, the Hong Kong-born star was thankful when Will Smith came along with the script for new movie 'The Karate Kid' with his son Jaden in the starring role, as it meant he could display his acting abilities in a Hollywood movie.
He said: "Will actually called me and said , 'Let's do 'Karate Kid.' And I was unsure, I said send a script. I thought I was the karate kid and I wondered who the master would be. I read the script and I thought, yes, you have cast me without action and I can act. Now it's proof I can act. I want to be the Asian Robert De Niro!"
'The Karate Kid' has already been released in the US and UK, and hits international cinemas throughout July and August.