Maybe we disagree about the Super Bowl. Or whether or not Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle. But here’s something we can all agree on, I promise.
Jackie Chan is a giant of Chinese cinema. Maybe THE giant of Chinese cinema. My parents were born in Hong Kong. I grew up on Jackie Chan movies. I grew up thinking action movie stars all did it like Jackie. Jackie, however, is singular – and you don’t have to be Chinese to know his physical commitment to his art, his dedication to getting the action scenes exactly right, even at the expense of all his bones. Tell that to Leonardo DiCaprio the next time he talks about struggling in the wilderness and sleeping with a bear. Leo’s been on a two year break since The Revenant. Jackie Chan has basically been falling out of buildings for 40 years straight. He received his Honourary Oscar a few months ago in LA and he was recently honoured in China for his contribution to Chinese film.
To celebrate Jackie’s lifetime of hard work, members of his stunt team, many of whom haven’t seen each other in years, gathered to surprise him at the tribute. The video is going viral because of how loyal his crew is to him and also for how Jackie reacts. It’s probably the best thing you’ll watch all day and I’m pretty sure you won’t say “nah”.