Jackie Chan proves his financial worth
Critics and diehard martial arts fans might scoff at Jackie Chan's new movie, The Forbidden Kingdom, for selling out to Hollywood, but we say that happened way back with the first Rush Hour movie. Obviously the formula works, because he and Jet Li's first movie together pulled in US$20 million last weekend, making it America's No1 film.
Somehow, in between movie promotion and threatening to 'go Jackie Chan' on any protester during his stage of the Olympic torch relay, the action star managed to fly to England for an advert for department store Woolworths, co-starring its two puppet mascots, Wooly and Worth. In the 60-second promo, Chan (pictured) engages in some silly shtick, endures a wisecrack about a famous Karate Kid line of dialogue ('I'm not in that one!' he protests) and helps plug some #2 (HK$31) jeans and 70 pence T-shirts. Talk about going commercial.
The advert is already airing on English television. If you're curious, browse the YouTube site and type in 'Jackie Chan Woolworths ad'.