JACKIE CHAN’S new memoir is about to be published (tomorrow) and in it he reveals a lot about his past which he regrets for the most part. From reading articles about it, it seems like he is really opening up about his life and the poor choices he made when he started to grab glimmers of fame. Now 64 years old, his new memoir titled: “Never Grow Up”, talks about all his weaknesses and how he was a womanizer ( sleeping with many prostitutes) when he was a stuntman, how he was an avid gambler in his early years and behaved like a “new money star” and how he was an abusive father. All these things he regrets and calls himself a “bastard” and promised himself that he would change his ways.
The memoir sounds interesting to be honest and lifts a lot of shadows haunting Chan’s life and the cosmetics that he comes across in the public as this martial artist comedian who risks it all and does his own stunts. Chan has also become a mainstream household name, so I think this is a very brave attempt to share with the world who he really was behind all that silk. Another way to think about all this is that really should we be surprised about his past? I mean, anyone who gets some fame and/or is in a position of power and influence is susceptible to regrettable actions and behaviors.
When I read about him being a womanizer and getting a number of prostitutes in his younger, early days, I wasn’t surprised. I mean, men who are actors, celebrities or are in a position of power and/or influence tend to womanize. To womanize and/or to sleep with prostitutes/women as a whole, is never about the act of sexual pleasure, but it is all about power and control. Essentially men’s exploitation of women is centered around that and it becomes a value to disrespect women by doing this. His other admissions of being a gambler and abusing his children are also non surprises because again these actions are all about power and control. A father abusing his son/daughter is about him reinstating his control over his kids and doing so by force. When you have some fame and fortune, this temptations are always there. Anyways, enough from my rantings, here is more from the Inkstone article about the memoir:
Chan, who picked up a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2016, admits in his book he was a “bastard” and that he had vowed to change his ways, blaming his behavior on his insecurities and his immaturity.
Here are five of the most shocking revelations in Chan’s memoir, in his own words.
1. A drinking problem
“Going out and drinking every night did start to erode my professionalism. I went through a phase that was known as ‘one before lunch, one after lunch.’
2. Visiting prostitutes
“Even though I made next to nothing, I spent all my wages on drinking, gambling, and girls. We all did.
3. Domestic violence
“[After an argument with his wife Joan Lin, she] was on the sofa, laughing and chatting with a female friend. That made me angry […] Just as I was about to say something to her, [Chan’s son] Jaycee ran in, his hands pointed at me like guns, shouting ‘Bang! Bang!’ like he was shooting me to avenge his mother.
4. An affair
“In 1999, I made a serious mistake.
5. Dropping cash
“For a while, as I adjusted to my fame, I had a big chip on my shoulder.
These are just bits and pieces from the article, so please check out the original Inkstone (SCMP) article to get the full descriptions. In many ways my respect for Chan has wavered, from being his biggest fan, to questioning his actions and behaviors. However, no matter what I think of him, he remains as someone significant to me in terms of Asian/Chinese notable celebrities. I will leave my piece here.
Images via Inkstone (SCMP)
To read the original article, please click on: Girls, gambling and abuse: 5 quotes from Jackie Chan’s new memoir