Promoting his new movie, CZ12 <十二生肖>, Jackie Chan (成龍) has spoken extensively about his marriage, his controversial family views, and even about his illegitimate daughter, Etta. As the undisputed “Big Brother” of Hong Kong films, Jackie proudly revealed how he combated triads forces in order to protect artists in the entertainment industry. He also formed the Hong Kong Performing Artist Guild to prevent artists from suffering any unfair treatment.
Jackie does not recall exactly when people started calling him “Big Brother”. It started because he likes to become involved into everyone’s business. Jackie was unhappy with the unfair treatment of Hong Kong artists, who were bullied by triads in the 1980s and 1990s. ” There will be no more bullying from the triads. I was the first one to speak up. I am the only one who has the guts to single-handedly fight against the triads!”
Triads: An Oppressive Force in Hong Kong Cinema
In the past, triads had forced artists to film projects at gunpoint, in which Andy Lau (劉德華) was also one of the victims. The situation became very grave as triads used scare tatctics to severely underpay artists. For example, artists may be promised $100,000 HKD for a movie, but their paycheck would end up with only $2,000 HKD instead.
On one occasion, Jackie was hunted down by triads, forcing him to hide in the United States. ” The moment after I got off the plane, bullets were fired at me. I had to carry guns with me everyday. Back in Hong Kong, when I went to a restaurant for dinner, I was surrounded by two dozen triad members armed with large knives. I showed them my gun and had two more hidden inside my jacket. I told them that I wasn’t going to take it anymore.”
From then on, Jackie started carrying guns around and sometimes even armed himself with grenades for protection.
Big Brother Fights the Triads
When the triads went after his contracted artists such as Maggie Cheung (張曼玉), Joey Wong (王祖賢), and Jacky Cheung (張學友), Jackie decided to fight the triads with money. He spent half a million dollars to hire some “guys” from the mainland to fight fire with fire. His guys would be there to assist him and left when they were done with their “assigned duties”. If one of his guys was hurt, Jackie would support their families when needed.
Some people may wonder if Jackie was in the same league as the triads, but he clarified, “I wasn’t like them as I used money to take care of business. If I were a triad member, I wouldn’t get an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from the British.”
After the disputes were settled with the triads, Jackie initiated and formed the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild to protect the artists in the industry. He is very proud of his accomplishment and believes that strong leadership is needed in handling any problems.
Jackie is an idealist as he has three dreams: world peace, a universal brotherhood, and no poor people suffering in China. He said,” I want a perfect world, and I get upset for not being able to achieve one.”
This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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