Never Grow Up

Never Grow Up

by Jackie Chan
Never Grow Up

Never Grow Up

by Jackie Chan


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A candid, thrilling memoir from one of the most recognizable, influential, and beloved cinematic personalities in the world.

Everyone knows Jackie Chan. Whether it’s from Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, The Karate Kid, or Kung Fu Panda, Jackie is admired by generations of moviegoers for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, and mind-bending stunts. In 2016—after fifty-six years in the industry, over 200 films, and many broken bones—he received an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement in film. But at 64 years-old, Jackie is just getting started.

Now, in Never Grow Up, the global superstar reflects on his early life, including his childhood years at the China Drama Academy (in which he was enrolled at the age of six), his big breaks (and setbacks) in Hong Kong and Hollywood, his numerous brushes with death (both on and off film sets), and his life as a husband and father (which has been, admittedly and regrettably, imperfect).

Jackie has never shied away from his mistakes. Since The Young Master in 1980, Jackie’s films have ended with a bloopers reel in which he stumbles over his lines, misses his mark, or crashes to the ground in a stunt gone south. In Never Grow Up, Jackie applies the same spirit of openness to his life, proving time and time again why he’s beloved the world over: he’s honest, funny, kind, brave beyond reckoning and—after all this time—still young at heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982107215
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jackie Chan is a martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and philanthropist. He has appeared in over 150 films, including Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, Kung Fu Panda, and The Foreigner.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Cannonball 1

Chapter 2 The Boyfriend 9

Chapter 3 My Deepest, Only Regret 13

Chapter 4 A Decade of Darkness 21

Chapter 5 First Love 33

Chapter 6 Number Nine 43

Chapter 7 My Big Breaks 49

Chapter 8 Welcome to Australia 59

Chapter 9 Australia, Round Two 65

Chapter 10 Becoming the Dragon 73

Chapter 11 Overnight Success 81

Chapter 12 The Ghost of Bruce Lee 89

Chapter 13 Welcome to Hollywood 97

Chapter 14 The Fling 105

Chapter 15 Free Fall 115

Chapter 16 The Gritty 129

Chapter 17 The Love of My Life 137

Chapter 18 So What if I Die? 153

Chapter 19 Wild Things 167

Chapter 20 Fatherhood, Part I 177

Chapter 21 One More Shot 187

Chapter 22 My Flashback Highlight Reel 203

Chapter 23 More Dollars Than Sense 219

Chapter 24 Costars 225

Chapter 25 Fatherhood, Part II 237

Chapter 26 Vintage Jackie 251

Chapter 27 Taken for a Ride 257

Chapter 28 Give 263

Chapter 29 The Karate Kid's Dad 273

Chapter 30 Sing 277

Chapter 31 The Real Kung Fu Star 283

Chapter 32 My Three Fathers 287

Chapter 33 National Treasure 299

Chapter 34 Four Houses in Singapore 305

Chapter 35 For the Fans 317

Kicker 329

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