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Jackie Chan Almost Died While Filming Raft Scene for Action Comedy Film ‘Skiptrace’

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(Photo : Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images) Actor Jackie Chan and director Sam Fell attend the 'Skiptrace' Photocall during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France.

Action star Jackie Chan revealed shocking behind-the-scenes details on Sunday about filming for his upcoming action comedy movie, Skiptrace. The actor said that he almost died while filming a raft scene.

Recalling the incident in Guangxi, he said, "I tried my best this time, and I almost died during filming. I met a torrent, fell out of a raft and was sent rolling in the water. I'm not a good swimmer, so I was really screaming for help. But the staff could not get close enough to rescue me. Later, the raft was turned back by the torrent and I got my life back. Life is so vulnerable. It is horrifying."

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This is not the first time that tragedy has struck Skiptrace. It can be remembered that in Dec. 17, 2014, a boat, which carried the film's crew members, tipped and cinematographer Chan Kwok-hung passed away on set.

Chan Kwok-hung was 51-years old and drowned in Lantau Island. The crew members with him on the boat were able to swim their way back to the shore. Later on, his body was found lifeless.

Although Chan was not on the boat, he saw when the boat capsized from the shore. He immediately jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue Skiptrace's crew members.

Skiptrace is an upcoming Hong Kong-Chinese-American film directed by Renny Harlin and Sam Fell. Not only does Chan star in the movie, but he also produced and wrote the story.

Aside from that, the 62-year old actor revealed that he performed all the kung fu in the film instead of using CGI effects. ""Everybody works with a green screen now, but the hardest thing to do is to create real action. I'm not a fan of high-tech effects, I just like raw and simple things."

Skiptrace follows the story of a retired detective from Hong Kong, who collaborates with a gambler from America to fight a criminal boss. Aside from Chan, the movie also stars Fan Bing Bing, Eric Tsang, and Johnny Knoxville. Chan's movie will premiere in China on July 22, 2016.


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