Whenever a new movie of Hollywood Superstar Jackie Chan comes out, people throng to cinemas to find out what new stunts he has done in the film. In the last 2 decades, many young actors have collaborated with him to reduce the load on the Action Star’s shoulders.
Let’s take a look at Jackie Chan’s successful partnerships with other Hollywood stars – both new and old – and how they have fared.
Chan and Brosnan (The Foreigner)
For the first time in his career, Jackie Chan stars opposite an actor who has played James Bond. In The Foreigner, Jackie Chan plays a distraught father who lost his daughter in a terrorist attack and needs the names of those responsible. Pierce Brosnan plays the Irish Minister who could have the answers and so begins the game of cat and mouse between the two. In real-life, Jackie Chan is one year younger to Pierce Brosnan but he plays an old man here who is also a Vietnam War Veteran and trained with the Special Forces. Pierce Brosnan graduates to the character actor region with this film as he hardly gets to do action scenes, against the Master.
Chan and Tucker (Rush Hour series)
In Rush Hour, the East meets the West – the Top Cop in China is made to work with American loose cannon and together, they are the perfect team. Between 1998 and 2007, the duo of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker appeared in three Rush Hour Films, with all doing well at the Box Office.
While Jackie Chan is the one doing the action, Chris Tucker is the one who provides the comic relief and always comes to his partner’s rescue, if he isn’t in need of one. Their first adventure takes place in America, the second in Hong Kong and third in Paris. The fourth film in the series is all set to release in 2 years and might take the duo to Moscow.
Chan and Wilson (Shanghai series)
What will you get if a Wild West Outlaw and a Chinese Imperial Guard join hands – the outcome will be known as the highly entertaining Shanghai series. Cowboy Ray O’Bannon and Chon Wang (Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan) take you on a trip down the memory lane where first they get to rescue a Chinese Princess (in Shanghai Noon) and later help in the creation of Sherlock Holmes (in Shanghai Knights).
Both the lead actors shared a wonderful chemistry that helped make these two films a huge success and there is a third one in the pipeline where the duo travel back to Imperial China to help those who can’t help themselves.
Chan and Black (Kung Fu Panda)
Jackie Chan lends his voice for Master Monkey in this highly successful animated franchise where Jack Black plays the lead role of Po the Panda and actors like Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Lucy Liu play Kung Fu masters training him. So far, Po has saved Ancient China three times thanks to Master Shifu and his band of Masters. It seems that Po The Panda will be required to play the Saviour more in coming years, meaning more work for his Masters.
Jackie Chan lent his voice for The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature as well as The Lego Ninjago Movie this year.