Action star Jackie Chan, who got into hot water for his 'Chinese people need to be controlled' comment last month, shrugged off the widespread criticism, saying he was 'incorrectly quoted by some press'. Turning up for a function at a fitness club in Kowloon Bay yesterday, Jackie Chan appeared to be in a good mood as he shared health tips and took part in aerobic exercises with club members. Referring to the controversial comments he made at the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province , Chan said some papers had quoted him out of context. 'I'm used to that. Some papers always do this. They are just not reliable. I believe the public can tell what is true and what is false,' said Chan, without clarifying how his words had been distorted by the press. The Hong Kong-born action star provoked widespread anger after he said in a panel discussion at the forum that too much freedom could lead to chaotic societies like Hong Kong - and that Chinese people needed to be controlled. His remarks triggered strong condemnation in Hong Kong. Some demanded that he withdraw his words and make a public apology, while some even called for a boycott of Chan's films in the city. But Chan said yesterday: 'I believe an innocent person can prove his innocence with time rather than words. Everyone knows that I did a lot of things for Hong Kong and China in the past years. I did all these without any personal purpose. But some papers ... are trying to please the public with claptrap or simply want to sell more copies.' Despite the incident's negative impact on the film star's public image, Chan proved yesterday that he was still one of the most sought-after actors, attracting many fans asking for autographs and seeking to have their pictures taken with their idol. 'You can see that people still like me. If I were really like what some papers wrote, I am afraid they would have already been throwing eggs at me,' said Chan. After leaving the club, the busy actor rushed to the airport to fly to Sichuan for a series of activities marking the anniversary of the earthquake in that province. Although some are urging the Tourism Board to remove Chan as a tourism ambassador because of his remarks, he has been invited to act as ambassador for the Asian Games in Guangzhou and the World Expo in Shanghai next year.