|Jenia Cane |||Sep 05, 2016 11:47 PM EDT|
(Photo : Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Jackie Chan poses during a press conference and photocall for Bleeding Steel at Sydney Opera House on July 28, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.
Following the announcement that Jackie Chan is set to receive the honorary Oscar statuette, a new feather has just been added in his cap.
In the upcoming movie event of China, the 62-year-old "Rush Hour" actor has just been named as its official spokesperson.
According to China Daily, the announcement was made on Wednesday by the 3rd Xi'an Silk Road International Film Festival organizers.
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The report hinted that the interest of Jackie Chan in the ancient route connecting Asia and Europe, where the festival was named after, has been the consideration in choosing him.
It can be noted that in December 2015, the Hong Kong-born Kung Fu star top-billed as a Chinese warrior who successfully united the ethnic groups in the action-epic film "Dragon Blade," which tackled "a legend about a battle between Chinese and Roman armies along the route."
The 3rd Xi'an Silk Road International Film Festival, which is organized by China's movie regulator and the local governments of the provinces of Shaanxi and Fujian, is set on Sept. 19 to 23.
In the meantime, Jackie Chan recently headlined the box office with the release of his action-comedy movie "Skiptrace" wherein he portrayed the role of Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan.
In an interview with Slash Film, its director, Renny Harlin, was all praises to the Chinese Hollywood actor.
"Having started as a circus performer basically [in the Peking Opera] and a stuntman and an actor and a director and a choreographer, he does it all," he said.
"He has the energy of 10 guys and the ideas of 50 guys," Harlin continued to describe Jackie Chan. "He's the kind of a guy who is super involved in the movie, comes to the set first guy in the morning, last guy to leave, participates in everything and is just the hardest worker."
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