[News] Jackie Chan Introduces “12 Chinese Zodiac Heads” to Korea.
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The Chinese star, one of the most familiar foreign celebrities amongst Korean moviegoers, attended a press event of the action blockbuster, held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul, Korea on February 18.
To the disappointment of many, Kwone failed to make the event. As some fans had traveled from Japan just to get a glimpse of the star`s face, the sense of disappointment and irritation was heavy.
There was anger among some reporters over Kwone’s abrupt absence but the incident was settled after a spokeswoman from Kwone’s agency, Bell Actors, apeared and made a profuse apology.
Despite this incident before the press conference, Jackie Chan altered the atmosphere to a much lighter mood by answering reporters’ questions sincerely and tactfully, even using Korean words from time to time.
“Though it is my first official visit to Korea in two year I’ve been to Korea several times unofficially because two Korean companies was in charge of the computer graphics of this movie,” the action master said, “it is my great pleasure to be back in Korea and meet all of you, especially with this special film.”
About the adventure plot focusing on going around the world to find 12 bronze statues, Chan added, “it’s not just about China but it is a tale about the whole world. You can see Japan returning an old book to Korea and some relics going back to Cambodia and India from Europe. The whole story is based on a true story, with a bit of dramatization.”
When asked about working with the top Korean actor Kwone, Chan answered, “the only obstacle of Kwone’s acting was language. Though I told him it is okay to speak in Korean, he insisted in using Chinese and English so I let him do so. Aside from the language, his actions or comic acting was perfect.”
“There was a time that Kwone had an injury in his ankle and we told him to use a stunt man. But he did the action scenes by himself. I saw him going to a corner and his face was full of pain. I was really moved," Chan praised the 36-year-old actor that he has a high potential to be a world star.
“I always tell myself that to be an actor not an action star. When you see the list of my films from the last ten years, I’ve done so many characters. I want to let people know that I’m an actor,” the 58-year-old star revealed his hopes of being recognized as a true actor, “I hope people know me as an actor good at action, not as an action star with not bad acting skills.”
After the press event, Chan finally teamed up with Kwone at the crowded red carpet event at a movie theater near the hotel on the same night.
During the star-filled red carpet event, actor Han Jae-seok and girl groups miss A and Rainbow, local filmlovers kept cheering for Chan with loud applauses.
The film, which grossed over 100 million U.S. dollars in three weeks since opening in China, is set to open at Korean theaters on February 28.