Jackie Chan: Become the Dragon

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Jackie Chan: Become the Dragon

Learn English with Jackie Chan’s Speech. Jackie Chan gave his first public speech at Sydney Opera House 20 years after he appeared before cameras for the first time in Australia. The Chinese superstar discussed his thrilling life and career, from his Hong Kong smash hit Drunken Master and Hollywood breakthrough Rumble in the Bronx to the upcoming Bleeding Steel (to be filmed in Sydney) as well as his lifelong commitment to philanthropy and Australia, where he has lived with his family since 1978. Known as a tireless cultural ambassador, Jackie Chan delighted audiences with an intimate and lively discussion of his celebrated life and career on the Concert Hall stage.

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“Now I am older, I understand we have to accept who we are.” Jackie Chan

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“Let’s talk. Let’s talk.

I love you too.

Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you, Jackie.

Thank you.

Seeing the audience full of people in the theater. Obviously, this kind of admiration and respect is all around the world for you. But, I think, Australia will have to say, they got a lead on the rest of the world because they claim you as their own. So, welcome back to Australia.

Thank you.

Let’s go to the business side of things. You have been making films all around the world, but also in Australia. And can you share with us, this comeback, is it different to your previous times, I think you’ve made films in Melbourne, Brisbane, in Sydney. What do you love most about coming back to Australia? What did you experience differently to other times?

Big difference. When I come to Australia when I was 17, I think the whole country about like 30 million people, that’s all. I was in Canberra. Very few people, you know. The country is so big. So, let us say, from Hong Kong. Hong Kong just that tiny small, 7 million people, wherever you go, there’s people, people, people. In Canberra, five o’clock, I walk on  the street, nobody. Really. I just remember lot of memory, really. We don’t have a opera house yet, at that time. Suppose, I’m going back to Australia, for Canberra, for visiting my parents. It’s a holiday. Somehow, I cannot stay anymore. I tried to training but at that time, you know 28. Bell jeans, tight shirt, then jogging on the street because I didn’t bring any training suit. Then jogging, jogging, then the car stopped. Are you okay? And at that time, my English not that good. I just, uh-huh. They’re some really very nice people. You want a ride? Uh-uh, exercise. Okay. They go away. Then I… Then a car, they keep on stop. They thought I’m missing the road. Then somehow, that’s how I feel in Canberra. When I come to Sydney, there’s not like today, so many big building then. And that time, I feel like Australia as a part of my home. So, whenever I have a chance, the first movie I make is Mr. Nice Guy. Is it Mr. Nice Guy? Yes. I think, Mr. Nice Guy. Then we worked there for, like, four months. Then after I go back, I get a very good experience. Then I just tell my whole crew. The next movie is First Strike, then coming back again. I cannot remember Brisbane and Melbourne, I always mixed up. Always bourne, bourne, bourne. Brisbane, Melbourne, I mixed up. Then, big action sequence, we do a lot of big action snow mountain. Where’s the snow mountain, Brisbane or Melbourne?

Melbourne.

Melbourne. Yeah, the snow mountain. Yeah, there’s snow mountain. I tell you, very good… it’s a very funny joke. One of my friend, I have to go back to Canberra to see my friend. My friend said I want to come with you, but I have to stop… the snow mountain, Brisbane? Melbourne, Melbourne. Crown Casino, Where is the Crown Casino?

Melbourne.

Melbourne. I was in Brisbane. Somehow. I said, I have to go back to see my parents. You come with me? Okay, I come with you, but before, you stop in Melbourne. I said okay. Then we go to Melbourne, then I call my friend. I said, I’ll call my friend after dinner. Okay. As soon as landing, my friend take care of everything he has car and everything. I call my friend, hey, I’m in Melbourne. You come over. Yeah, it takes me one and half hour flight. Where are you? Brisbane. I said okay. Okay, forget it. The next day, I tell my friend, my friend said, let’s take a flight to Canberra. I said no, easy, drive, three hours. I said I always drive, three hour. Are you sure? Yeah, sure. We get up. At nine o’clock, we get on the car, put all the luggage and then I call my father, and I said 12:30 in Canberra, in some corner, waiting for me, okay? Okay. I hang the phone. Then I keep driving. And my friend get on the car, put the eye mask, then tried to sleep. I’m driving. He was gambling the whole night. And I driving, driving, driving. Three hours pass, I still cannot find a way. My friend, I’m hungry. I said no, no, no, not there yet. Then I keep driving. Suddenly, I see the sign. Another 900-mile. Then I call my father. Father, don’t. I see you tonight. Then I keep driving until three o’clock. My friend get up. I say no, no, sleep, sleep. No! I cannot sleep anymore. Oh my God, where are you going? I said, I don’t  know. Still driving. That’s how, I always mixed up. And I get three stop by the police. That’s how I remember.

But, this day, I’m coming back, no matter, I have a chance, I just Canberra, Canberra, Australia, Australia. Because we know the crew here, we know a lot of crew member here, we have a lot of good friend here. It is very easy to make a film here. And also, especially this time when I film in your Harbor, whatever, the things around here, it is easy. I just call the commission, I wanna film here. Okay, whatever, except you don’t blow up the harbor. I said okay.

Two months ago, I blow up the London bridge. The big news. Boom! I said *Chinese*.

Six months, he applied.

I applied, yes. The government, everything’s okay. Of course, now they won’t let everybody do it and that day, boom! Everybody thought it’s a terrorist attack. And the news, everyone blame me Jackie, how can you do that? You should tell us. How can I tell everybody? We already tell a hundred thousand people surround the ladder. I said, we’re gonna blow up nine o’clock, okay. But then, how can I tell the tourists?

Jackie, I hope you will leave our bridge alone. Well, Australia, just a little bit bigger than Hong Kong, I think.

No! Much bigger.

Well, when I grew up and I look at your Chinese name or when I thought I knew your Chinese name is Chèng lòng. Now, I always thought Chèng as your last name, Lòng as dragon, yeah. So, then when I was doing bit of research before I came to interview you and I actually discovered is not Chèng lòng, it’s Chènglòng. It is ‘become the dragon’. Can you explain to us where’s that name come from?

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