Jackie Chan Explains Guns and Grenades Controversy
In a recent interview, Jackie Chan (成龍 ) shared how he had to fight against the triads who had a strong control of the entertainment industry in the 1980s and 1990s. He admitted to carrying guns and grenades to protect himself against the triads. However, arming himself in this manner would have been a criminal offense in Hong Kong.
Bodyguards Carried Weapons
With the rumor that the Hong Kong police started an investigation on Jackie’s gun drawing controversy, he finally clarified that the incident happened about 35 years ago in the United States, and the guns and the grenades were carried by his bodyguards. Jackie said the reason for the misunderstanding was due to his loose-cannon personality, so the press misunderstood his words.
Jackie said,” I don’t understand how an incident that happened 35 years ago would cause such huge controversy. I really have to be very cautious with my words.”
Jackie is confused and hurt by this controversy and complained, “I can’t take it anymore! I cannot believe that with only a few words, I would cause such a controversy. I will be extremely careful from now on. I will try to talk less during future promotional events.”
Jackie is frustrated that the press had been creating many false stories about him. At the Beijing premiere of his new film, CZ12 <十二生肖>, Jackied said, “In the past, if I made a mistake on my statement, the press would usually correct it. Now, it’s a different story, if I made a small mistake, the press will end up writing an entirely different story.
Although he has been in the entertainment industry for many years, Jackie still has difficulty in handling the press regarding rumors and controversy. One of his employees advised Jackie to try to express his feelings and opinions oh his own Weibo blog instead. He will use this method to clarify himself going forward. Otherwise, the press may continue to pester him everywhere he goes.
Jackie: “I Didn’t See the Need for a Divorce”
At various public events, Jackie has been praising his son, Jaycee Chan (房祖名), for his good singing skills, musical composition talent, and recent movies. Jackie explained that he only praised his son publicly because his wife, Joan Lin (林鳳嬌) urged him to not undermine Jaycee’s pride and confidence.
Joan cried fearfully one time, “What we are doing is pushing him [Jaycee] towards suicide!”
Jackie said, “Thirty years ago, I would have given him [Jaycee] a couple of slaps on the face, to straighten him out. But I can’t do that anymore; otherwise he will say, ‘You hit me, I will sue you! You hit me; I will commit suicide!'”
Married for 30 years, Jackie was extremely satisfied with his wife, Joan, whom he praised, “She takes care of the family and me. She doesn’t go out and there is no gossip.”
Jackie also said jokingly, “I wanted to find a reason for divorce. After searching for a reason for half a year, I found none. I picked the right wife 30 years ago. She doesn’t make me worry, allowing me to focus on work.”
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