Podcast Episode 99: Stuntman Pays Tribute To His Idol Jackie Chan
Chan received special Oscar at Governors Awards
Cinema Junkie Podcast pays tribute to Jackie Chan by way of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a stuntman who grew up worshipping the Hong Kong action star.
Chan is a human special effect, only he works without a green screen or a net. On Saturday, Nov. 12, his unique skill set was finally acknowledged by the Academy with a special Oscar at the Governor’s Awards.
The award comes a bit late though. It was 25 years ago that Chan, a stunt man extraordinaire, came to the United States and tried to break into the American market. But Hollywood didn’t know what to do with him. Chan, already a writer, director, martial arts director and star in Hong Kong, knew how to best showcase his own unique talents, but no one in Hollywood was willing to listen.
Fed up with Hollywood and newly inspired to prove that he knew best how to deliver “a Jackie Chan picture,” Chan returned home to make some of the most breathtaking and exhilarating action films of all time — most notably, the “Police Story Trilogy,” “Project A, Parts I and II,” and “Armor of God I and II.”
Check out some highlights of Chan's stuntwork and action. But this is just a tiny taste of his genius.
But in 1996, Chan kicked-off a multi-picture deal with Newline, which released “Rumble in the Bronx.”
That’s the first film that stuntman Fernando Jay Huerto remembers being influenced by. Huerto is an actor, director, stuntman and fight choreographer. He gets to jump off a 25-foot building as a regular part of his job at Universal Studios and he also makes his own short films to showcase what he can do.
I had been following Huerto for 72 hours (watch for my KPBS Evening Edition story about his film) as he partook in the Four Points Film Project, where filmmakers are given three days and a handful of required elements to work with.
Huerto had Chan in mind when he was creating action scenes for his film. We spoke the morning after Huerto had just finished editing his film submission.
You can check out Huerto’s work at Jabronie Pictures. And here is a montage of some of his fight scenes.