Jackie Chan struggled with Rush Hour's success in Hollywood after film career

Lottie O'Neill November 7, 2022
Jackie Chan struggled with Rush Hour's success in Hollywood after film career
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Hollywood and martial arts legend Jackie Chan reportedly wanted to leave La La Land behind after his success with Chris Tucker and Rush Hour.

Despite the film reaching dizzying new heights when it was first released, the fact it flopped in his native country appeared to affect the star.

Jackie Chan previously admitted to not being completely comfortable with how well the movie did in the box office.

Jackie Chan wasn’t completely sold on Rush Hour

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The story, which followed the success of crime-fighting cop shows and movies at the time, sees the likes of the unexpected pairing of two cops. We meet a Los Angeles-based officer (Tucker) who is being paired with a Hong Kong detective (Chan). Chan’s character makes the long trip over to the US in a bid to find and rescue the Chinese consul’s daughter. The young girl was kidnapped, and it affects him (Chan) deeply as a friend of the family.

However, viewers slowly start to see the pair bond and work through their differences to solve the case.

Rush Hour, which made a whopping $141 million compared to the $33m it cost to make, went on to have two sequels. Rush Hour 2 and 3 were later released in 2001 and 2007.

Chan, who rose to fame from his action and comedy flicks in Hong Kong, before he met Tucker, felt it wasn’t a success in his native home.

Speaking to magazine Crosswalk, Chan he felt confused and disappointed. It came after he realized American audiences had a different humor to the films that worked for him previously. He said at the time the movie flopped in Asia compared to the US and western audiences, so he thought it wasn’t working either.

However, his manager would say it was a bit hit and a success. But the star then would feel confused again when the sequels also didn’t hit the mark.

“Now with Asian film[s], I am right!” Chan told the outlet.

“I know what works and what doesn’t. ‘Rush Hour’ release[s] in Asia, and [it] bomb[s]. Nobody [went] to see it! Yeah! Only 12 million! My movie? I make a Hong Kong film, and it make 50 million! You see the difference?

“If ‘Rush Hour’ not starring Jackie Chan, I think it only made half million in Hong Kong. That’s all!”

Rumors swirled around Rush Hour 4

Last year, Rush Hour fans were left in a frenzy when they thought a fourth installment was coming for the action comedy franchise.

It came after a photo of the duo, Chan and Tucker, saw them both hold four fingers up. Wiewers simply couldn’t help but feed the fan theories Rush Hour 4 was on the cards.

However, after the snap went viral, Chan’s representatives shut down the rumors, writes People.

“We have noticed that false information that Mr Chan would act in the motion pictures Rush Hour 4 and The Karate Kid 2 is spreading through multiple social media platforms” the statement, released on Chan’s official website, began.

“With respect to the above information, on behalf of Mr Chan, we hereby declare that any and all such information, as spread by such infringers, relating to Mr Chan providing or about to provide acting services in the motion pictures Rush Hour 4 and The Karate Kid 2 is false.”

Jackie Chan’s successful movies

The now 68-year-old has carved his way into becoming a Hollywood legend – and definitely one in Hong Kong as well.

Chan, real name Fang Shilong, last appeared in Vanguard in 2020. The movie focuses on an accountant, named Qin, who is targeted by a terrorist organization in London. However, his only hope for survival lies with an elite security company, Vanguard.

Some of his best known works include The Spy Next Door, The Tuxedo, The Medallion, Shanghai Noon and Around the World in 80 Days. He also starred in Supercop, Crime Story, Drunken Master II and the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

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Lottie O'Neill is GRV Media's Head of Audience. After studying BA in Film and Media, Lottie obtained a MA in Journalism at the University of Sunderland and Gold Standard NCTJ with 120 wpm shorthand. In 2017, she was chosen as the student journalist rep for the UK by the EU to report on the Union's Regions and Cities week in Brussels. After walking the beat at her local paper, EssexLive, she worked as a senior reporter before joining the quirky news team at The Daily Star. She managed the national desks of Showbiz and News overnight. In 2022, Lottie joined GRV Media to work on their continuing expanding coverage and readership across their extensive entertainment websites.