Hong Kong-born martial arts star Jackie Chan, 63, was recently in Australia to promote his animated family-comedy film “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” In an interview, the actor made some revelations that his fans have yet to hear.
“I am Australian,” the martial artist and actor told AAP. He then talked about the years he had spent in Australia with his late father Charles Chan and his late mother Lee-Lee Chan, who were both buried in Canberra.
Jackie’s parents worked in the United States Embassy in Canberra. Around the area, Jackie was known as Pao while he used a different name in school.
While in Australia, Jackie attended Dickson College in Canberra, where he was called Steve. When he tried to find a job, he was called Jack, which was also the name of his friend in the U.S. embassy.
According to Jackie, his father had a secret mission in Australia. He explained, “My father was spy hiding in Hong Kong and hiding in Australia at the American embassy for so many years.”
Charles was a Chinese nationalist agent. To avoid being captured by rival Communists, he fled China to Hong Kong. While Charles and Lee-Lee they lived in Canberra, Jackie grew up at a Hong Kong boarding school where he had his martial arts and acrobatics training.
As a teenager, Jackie moved to Australia to join his parents there. He then left Australia and went back to Hong Kong to pursue an acting career using the name Jackie, which is from his Australian name Jack.
Decades later, Jackie went back to Australia to film “The Lego Ninjago Movie” and an action film titled “Bleeding Steel.” According to the actor, he was the first person fighting on top of the Sydney Opera House.
“At the same time, I’m dubbing the Lego movie,” Jackie said. “Night time, I’m dubbing. Day time, I’m filming.”
Among Jackie’s fellow voice actors of “The Lego Ninjago Movie” are Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanijani, Ali Wong, Justin Theroux, Charlyne Yi and Dave Franco. Recently, Franco told Herald Sun that Jackie’s group of martial artists were hired to choreograph the fight scenes, which were then animated over.
“The Lego Ninjago Movie” was released in Australia on Sept. 21, Thursday, and in the U.S. on Sept. 22, Friday. Watch a trailer here: