Jackie Chan, a peerless combination of actor, action star, stuntman, and filmmaker.
Tom Hanks saluted Jackie’s “enormous creativity and gift for physical performance,” an example of how great acting can manifest in many different ways while delighting millions of worldwide viewers as the Chinese fusion of John Wayne and Buster Keaton – with the audacity to “put the bloopers on during the closing credits,” too, demonstrating the real-life injuries he endured for his craft.
A star alongside Chan in Supercop, Michelle Yeoh offered a charming reminiscence about first meeting Chan and using their mutually competitive natures to come up with increasingly outlandish stunts. He’s “exactly the same as the day I met him – honest, funny, kind,” she added warmly, and “forever young.”
Chan’s costar in the Rush Hour series, Chris Tucker, presented the Oscar to this “living legend” whom he couldn’t wait to see when he got to the set – even if “I was late most of the time!” An exhilarated Chan took to the stage and clutched his Oscar, exclaiming, “I can’t believe I’m standing here!” H
e jokingly recalled telling his dad he wouldn’t get an Oscar for doing comedy action films, but indeed, the dream came true. After more than 56 years in the film industry with over 200 films, friends in China and Hollywood, “and broken bones,” he said, “Finally, this is mine!”
Honorary Award recipient Jackie Chan accepts his award at the 2016 Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 12, 2016.
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