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14 August
 
High-kicking action film hero Jackie Chan might risk life and limb on the silver screen but in real life Asia's hottest star admits he is meek and superstitious.

'I never park my car under a flyover for fear that it might fall down to crush the car and me,' he said in Beijing where he is promoting his new flick The Medallion, which is being released in China a week before the rest of the world.

'I have never tried riding on a rollercoaster for fun, being afraid of any accidents, just in case.'

All this changes though when the martial arts stunt star gets on set.

'Once I enter the movie site I am ready to do any move by myself. I have no fear at all because I know that the camera records everything,' he told the Beijing Weekend newspaper.

'It does not matter to me if my arms or legs are broken then.'

Chan, 49, made his name in Tinseltown on such pictures as Rush Hour with Chris Tucker and Shanghai Noon with Owen Wilson but admitted they hadn't fared well in China, and that was part of the reason he was in town.

'It is simply hard to cater to both western and eastern tastes at the same time,' he said.

'I came to do the premiere in Beijing not because the plot caters more to the Chinese audience, but that I see there is a growing, big film market in China.

'My foreign partners also think so and want to tap this market more than ever.'

The Medallion, which cost US$35 million to make, is another of his gongfu-style action pictures and sees him obtaining supernatural powers after a good deed, the paper reported.

It teams him with British comic Lee Evans and was shot mainly in Hong Kong in cooperation with Chinese directors.


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