Jackie Chan Is Now Academy Award Winner Jackie Chan

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If Leonardo DiCaprio deserves an Academy Award for sleeping in animal carcasses, then Jackie Chan should have a dozen Oscars for everything he’s put his body through. The Rush Hour star has broken his nose, breastbone, fingers, and ankles, not to mention that time he cracked his darn skull after falling from a tree. But you’ll never hear him complain about his hardships or use the word “Method” — the man loves to make movies, injuries be damned.

Last night at the Governors Awards, after 50-plus years in the industry, Jackie Chan became Oscar winner Jackie Chan. Alongside editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, Chan was presented with an honorary Academy Award for achievements in kicking butt. Or, according to Tom Hanks, for being “Chan-tastic.”

“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally…” the actor said. “I continue to make movies, jumping through windows, kicking and punching, breaking my bones.” (Via)

The Oscar trophy, which Chan has coveted since seeing one at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, was presented to him by Hanks, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Michelle Yeoh, and Chris Tucker, who called his Rush Hour co-star a “living legend.” Chan presumably skipped the post-ceremony party to get back to work. That speeding car isn’t going to fall out of itself.

(Via The Guardian)