Jackie Chan expresses thoughts about turning 70

9 Apr – Jackie Chan recently took to social media to express his thoughts about turning 70, having celebrated his birthday on 7 April.

Sharing a long post on social media with several photos of him throughout the years, the action star wrote, "Even before today, many friends have been reminding me: "Jackie, it's going to be your 70th birthday!" Every time I hear this number, my heart would stop for a second - l'm 70 years old already?"

"After recovering from the shock, the second thing that would come to my mind is a saying that my big brother, Sammo Hung once said: "being able to grow old is a fortunate thing." Especially for us stunt people, we don't know how lucky we are to be able to grow old."

Jackie also clarified about a recent viral photo of him looking old and grey, saying that people had expressed concern about his health.

"I want to take this opportunity to let everyone know, don't worry! It's just a character appearance for my latest movie. The character requires me to have white hair, white beard and look old. Over the years, I've always been willing to try new things for a movie, no matter if it's a challenging stunt or a breakthrough appearance for a character. I've been in the entertainment business for 62 years and I cherish every moment because I'm lucky I'm still filming today," he said.

Lastly, he thanked everybody who wished him a happy birthday, and expressed hope that everybody will stay happy and healthy.

A photo of Jackie looking old and haggard sparked fans' concern
A photo of Jackie looking old and haggard sparked fans' concern

(Photo Source: Jackie Chan IG, Oriental Daily)