YES, Jackie Chan Was Once A Porn Actor!

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YES, Jackie Chan Was Once A Porn Actor!

Jackie Chan starring in porn film, All in the Family in 1975

“I had to do anything I could to make a living 31 years ago, but I don’t think it’s a big deal, even Marlon Brando used to be exposed in his movies,” Chan said. “The porn movie at that time was more conservative than the current films,” he said.

Martial arts action star, Jackie Chan, starred in a porn movie in 1975. Not only was he in a porn movie, but it remains to this day the only movie he has ever been involved with that doesn’t include a fight scene or a stunt sequence.

We know that Jackie Chan is famous for performing his own stunts, and it’s not uncommon for actors to simulate sex scenes in their movies, but porn is a whole different ball game. In porn it’s the real thing in front of a camera, while in mainstream movies it’s simulated to look like the real thing. That’s simulate, not stimulate, which is what Jackie Chan ended up doing when he starred in a porn movie in 1975. So what was it that drove Jackie Chan to a porn movie? Was it his first ever role as was the case with Sylvester Stallone, or were there more over riding circumstances involved?

Jackie Chan began his acting career at a very young age, making several small appearances from the age of five. By the time he was eight he started to make more frequent appearances in movies. But even though the roles were becoming more frequent and slightly larger, he was only still a small time actor, scoring only insignificant parts. His first big opportunity came in 1971 when he was 17.

Jackie Chan starring in porn film, All in the Family in 1975

“I had to do anything I could to make a living 31 years ago, but I don’t think it’s a big deal, even Marlon Brando used to be exposed in his movies. The porn movie at that time was more conservative than the current films.”
~Jackie Chan speaking to the Information Times in 2006

Following an appearance as an extra in kung fu film A Touch Of Zen, he was signed to a new studio, the very same one that had the legendary Bruce Lee. Imagine how amazing that must have been for an aspiring actor, even if you were only hired as a stuntman for his movies. It was the opportunity of a lifetime, and one that you wouldn’t want to squander. But he did, and his career shortly hit a snag.

Later in the same year that he was signed to the new studio, he landed his first major acting role. It was released two years later in Hong Kong, and flopped miserably. A few failed movies later, and a lack of stunt work led the way to a desperate decision for Jackie Chan to star in a porn film.

Jackie Chan starring in porn film, All in the Family in 1975

In 1975 the down and out actor was offered a role to appear in comedy porn film, All in the Family. He played the role of a rickshaw driver. This movie contained one half of the only two sex scenes that he has ever starred in. This movie also holds the distinction of being the only movie that he has starred in to date that doesn’t contain a fight scene or stunt sequences. So how do you think Jackie Chan feels about starring in a porn movie? Well, he doesn’t regret it at all. He said that he had to do whatever he could to survive. plus, the porn movies of the mid 1970’s were a million miles away from what they are today.

About, Biography of Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan began his film career as an extra child actor in the 1962 film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar. Ten years later, he was a stuntman opposite Bruce Lee in 1972’s Fist of Fury and 1973’s Enter the Dragon. He then had starring roles in several kung fu films, such as 1973’s Little Tiger of Canton and 1976’s New Fist of Fury.

His first major breakthrough was the 1978 kung fu action comedy film Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, which was shot while he was loaned to Seasonal Film Corporation under a two-picture deal. He then enjoyed huge success with similar kung fu action comedy films such as 1978’s Drunken Master and 1980’s The Young Master. Jackie Chan began experimenting with elaborate stunt action sequences in The Young Master and especially Dragon Lord (1982).

1983’s Project A saw the official formation of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team and established Chan’s signature style of elaborate, dangerous stunts combined with martial arts and slapstick humor, a style he further developed in a more modern setting with 1984’s Wheels on Meals and notably 1985’s Police Story, which contained numerous large-scale action scenes and is considered one of the best action films of all time.

Chan continued his style of slapstick martial arts mixed with elaborate stunts in numerous other films, such as the Police Story sequels, the Armour of God series, Project A Part II (1987), Dragons Forever (1988), Twin Dragons (1992), City Hunter (1993), and Drunken Master II (1994), among others. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) made Jackie Chan a mainstream celebrity in North America, leading to a successful Hollywood career with the Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon series.

In 2000, Chan produced an animated series Jackie Chan Adventures, which ran until 2005. In 2010, Jackie Chan appeared in his first dramatic role in an American film, The Karate Kid. In 2017, the Chinese-Indian co-production Kung Fu Yoga became his highest-grossing film in China. As of 2021, Jackie Chan has appeared in nearly 150 films.

At the box office, ten of his films earned nearly US$200,000,000 (equivalent to $500,000,000 in 2021) worldwide between 1985 and 1989. By the mid-1990s, he had become the most popular action movie star in Asia and Europe, with at least 20 films (out of 40 films) up until then earning him a net income of $5 million per film.

In East Asia, his films collectively grossed HK$1.14 billion (US$146 million) in Hong Kong between 1973 and 2010, ¥48.4 billion (US$607 million) in Japan between 1979 and 2012, and over US$72 million in South Korea between 1991 and 2010, while topping the Taiwan box office ten times between 1982 and 1994. In Europe, his films collectively sold about 84 million tickets between 1973 and 2010.

As of 2021, his films have grossed over CN¥14 billion (US$2.03 billion) in China, and US$1.84 billion (more than US$2.44 billion adjusted for inflation) in the United States and Canada. As of 2018, 48 of his films listed by The Numbers have grossed more than US$5 billion at the worldwide box office.

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