It’s hard to map out all of the injuries that Jackie Chan has sustained over the years because, like fellow pain fanatic Mick Foley, getting hurt is part of the gig. There’s almost no part of Jackie’s body that hasn’t been damaged in some way, as he’s fallen, dropped, jumped, slashed, hacked, broken, stabbed, snapped, and smashed his body in just about every single frame he’s ever shot. It’s what makes him a legend.
In reverence of one of the greatest cinematic marvels in history — and because it’s his 61st (!) birthday — here’s Jackie Chan’s guide to breaking your everything:
Step 1: Fall Off Really High Stuff
Jackie loves jumping, swinging, and generally falling from really tall walls, bridges, and clock towers. You name it, and he’s jumped from it. The worst injury he had from a fall is when he jumped off a wall and onto a tree in 1986’s Armour of God. He fractured his friggin’ skull in that stunt, but he also damn near broke his spine in the fall from a clock tower in Project A (see video above) and sustained rib and chest plate damage dropping from a chain in Armour of God II (see below video).
Stop making films called Armour of God, Jackie.
Films: Armour of God I & II, Project A, Police Story
Step 2: Take A “Leap Of Faith”
You’d think that this insane stunt would cause Jackie to dislocate something, but it was actually the stunt above — he jumps onto a hovercraft from a bridge — that caused him to break his ankle. Being the otherworldly wizard of pain that he is, Chan painted his cast to resemble a shoe and kept filming on a broken ankle because Jackie ain’t got time for that.
Films: Who Am I?, Rumble in the Bronx, Thunderbolt, City Hunter