Hong Kong Action Movie Legend Jackie Chan Flirts With Idea of Joining Communist Party of China
10:26 GMT 13.07.2021 (Updated: 10:27 GMT 13.07.2021)
© AP Photo / Willy SanjuanJackie Chan arrives at the LA premiere of "The Foreigner" at the Arclight Hollywood on Thursday, 5 October 2017.
© AP Photo / Willy Sanjuan
The prolific actor who starred in more than 150 movies throughout his lengthy career previously threw his weight behind China's official policies, controversially saying he feels that "Chinese people need to be controlled".
Jackie Chan, a legendary movie star known for performing acrobatic feats without any help, has pulled yet another "stunt" by saying that he is eager to join the ruling Communist Party of China.
The actor made the remark at a symposium in Beijing, where he was welcomed to share his thoughts on Xi Jinping's keynote speech dedicated to the the CPC's centennial.
© REUTERS / Carlos Garcia RawlinsChinese President Xi Jinping applauds above a giant portrait of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong at the event marking the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China 1 July 2021.
Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds above a giant portrait of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong at the event marking the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China 1 July 2021.
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Chan said he was proud to be Chinese and respected the ruling party.
"I can see the greatness of the CPC, and it will deliver what it says, and what it promises in less than 100 years, but only a few decades", the movie star said.
The Hongkonger was recently cast in "Epic Journey", a play celebrating the party's 100th anniversary.
In 2008, Chan made a controversial remark saying that Hong Kong and Taiwan are chaotic because they were "too free". He argued that the Chinese people need to be "controlled" in order to thrive.