Jackie Chan to step away from action roles

  • Martial arts star Jackie Chan has said his next film will be his last as an action star.

    The 58-year-old Hong Kong-born actor made the announcement while speaking at a news conference in Cannes to launch Chinese Zodiac.

    The film is due to be released in December and is the third in Chan's Armour of God series.

    The first film was released in 1987 with Chan playing an Indiana Jones-style character named Asian Hawk.

    Chan began his career as a stuntman working alongside his idol Bruce Lee in films such as Fists of Fury in 1972 and Enter The Dragon in 1973.

    Since then he appeared in more than 100 movies in which he has performed all of his own stunts.