Jackie seeks to be “true actor”

HONG KONG: Jackie Chan is attempting his most daring stunt ever: becoming what he calls a “true actor.” Chan says he wants to shed his action star image in favour of meatier roles that require dialogue and emotion instead of punches and kicks. “I want to change. I want to be like Robert DeNiro. I want to be Dustin Hoffman,” said the big-screen star from Hong Kong. “I don’t always want it to be like the old days. I want to change my image. I want to become an actor who can fight not an action star.” At 50, the high-flying martial arts master says he’ll probably do his own stunts for another five years. But a more serious image could provide some job security, he said. “Even though I’m pretty good, how long can I keep fighting?” he said. “Look at Robert DeNiro and Clint Eastwood. They still can act.” — IANS