Jackie Chan says he wants to film a movie in Malaysia next year

Jackie Chan talks about his latest movie, 'Ride On', in an exclusive group interview with Malaysian media. Photo: Shanghai Pictures

Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan said that he's interested in filming a movie in Malaysia next year.

In an exclusive group interview in Beijing, China attended by StarLifestyle for his upcoming action-comedy film, Ride On, Chan said that he misses the country and is excited to return here.

"I'm sure the audiences in Malaysia will welcome me to film. In fact, there's a story that will be filmed there.

"The producers have also scouted several locations in Malaysia. If things go according to plan, we'll be filming there next year," he said.

Chan also jokes that he won't be "blowing up" places or "flying through" tall buildings this time. While the 68-year-old didn't disclose much about the untitled film, he did mention that it's not an action movie.

The last time Chan filmed in Malaysia was back in 1992 for the action flick, Supercop – where he worked alongside Oscar winner Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh.

Back then, several roads near Dataran Merdeka had to be closed off for the movie.

When asked if he'd like to bring together a group of talented martial artists like Yeoh, Wu Jing and Jet Li to collaborate on a film, Chan responded: "It's going to be really difficult (to do that)!"

The actor added that he's interested in making a reality show where young people skilled in kung fu from all over the world come to China to train.

"After several months of training, they will then work together on an action movie. The roles are all selected among the students," he said.

The Rush Hour star has long been passionate about stunt work and has once expressed his desire to find talented martial artists to carry on his and the legacy of kung fu stars like Wu Jing and Jet Li.

Chan hopes that through Ride On – which sheds light on the struggles stuntmen face behind the scenes – people will develop a stronger sense of appreciation for the unsung action heroes behind the cameras.

"A lot of people who watch movies aren't aware of the struggles stuntmen face behind the scenes.

"In the past, martial artists would act as a stunt double for actors. But nowadays, with technology and all, action scenes are done using special effects.

"Even if it was done by a real stunt double, no one knows their names. But I do.

"That's why I'm doing this for them ... to share with the world the story of our behind-the-scenes heroes," he said.

Ride On premieres at cinemas nationwide on April 13.

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