Monday August 27, 2007
Jackie Chan re-injures back while filming
HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan suffered back pain in China while wrapping up filming of "The Forbidden Kingdom,'' his first collaboration with Jet Li. Chan is recovering, his Web site said Monday.
Chan said in his blog that he aggravated an old back injury when filming sequences that required him to throw someone upward last week.
Chan said he was "in excruciating pain'' when he woke up the next day, and "could barely get myself out of my bed.''
He said he also felt the pain when filming with Li.
"I had to walk down three steps and join Jet Li for one scene, and each time my feet hit the steps, pain shot through my back,'' Chan said.
He said the pain had persisted for at least two days.
A separate statement on Chan's Web site said the action star is "recovering nicely.'' Chan has suffered numerous injuries throughout his career.
One of the worst was a brain hemorrhage while filming "Armor of God,'' which was released in 1987.
He said in an interview in 2005 that he usually feels pain in his waist, knees and shoulders when he wakes up.
"The Forbidden Kingdom,'' due out in the U.S. next spring, is about an American teenager's fantasy journey to ancient China to rescue a mythological monkey king.
The idea originates from the classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West,'' in which a monkey king, a pig and a friar guard a Buddhist monk in search of religious texts.
Li plays the monkey king and a silent monk, while Chan plays another monk called T'sa-Ho.