At 66, Jackie Chan is far from retiring from dangerous stunts.
As this scene from Chan’s latest action film “Vanguard” shows, the actor is still taking on dangerous stunts like a Jet Ski chase scene in heavy rapids – which nearly drowned the legendary stuntman. Luckily, Chan was not injured in the 2019 film set accident which saw him trapped underwater following a spill in the swift water.
But the incident left him and the crew shaken.
“Wow, this scared me to death,” the waterlogged Chan said as he emerged out of the water from a rehearsal gone wrong, according to “Vanguard” behind-the-scene footage.
Director Stanley Tong, who has worked with Chan on nine films including the classic 1995 martial arts film “Rumble in the Bronx,” tells USA TODAY he has never been more concerned for his leading man’s safety and shed tears of relief after Chan emerged unscathed.
Tong showed the finished Jet Ski chase scene in “Vanguard,” released on VOD Tuesday, while placing the dramatic outtakes from the accident during the film’s credits, with Chan’s blessing.
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“We wanted to show the outtakes to prove that even though Jackie is 66 years old, he’s a professional actor and loves action,” Tong tells USA TODAY. “He still wants to try anything himself. That’s his passion and dedication and devotion to the film industry.”