Warning: This will make you cry!
Jackie Chan, known for his impressive stunt work, got his start by acting in minor roles in Bruce Lee films. After Bruce Lee’s death, Jackie began to be cast in more roles. Upon seeing success in Asia, he decided to give the United States a try, but he didn’t rise to international stardom immediately. Quite the opposite, he starred in multiple films that tanked in the box office.
During this time, he relied on the help of his hard-working stunt men to help make his dreams become a reality. Though there have now been four generations of stunt team during Jackie’s career, he cannot forget the original crew.
Watch as the original crew surprises Jackie Chan in an overwhelming and emotional tribute.
After the production of Police Story, Jackie really started to see his work pay off. He followed that successful performance with Armour of God, but while filming this movie, Jackie was injured during a stunt that called for him to jump from a wall to a tree. He miscalculated the distance and ended up falling directly onto his head, causing a skull fracture.
Hollywood today has the help of myriad technological advances, but movies in the ’80s were made much differently than they are today. So, during the ’80s, Jackie had to perform his stunts with little to no assistance; he constantly depended on the help of his “brothers,” AKA his stunt crew.
Jackie has had amazing stuntmen on his crew for four generations. And although he has help from younger stuntmen today, he never forgot those that were with him in the beginning, when he needed them most.
It is said that Jackie Chan’s original stunt crew was “unparalleled in their ability to execute the most incredible fight scenes and action sequences.”
After receiving an honorary Oscar award in 2016, Jackie Chan was also honored by his peers in Asia. A tribute was put together to celebrate the years of stunt work Jackie Chan and his crew have been through together.
While Jackie watched the emotional tribute, his original stunt crew lined up behind him in secret.
Jackie, preparing to start an emotional thank you, turned around to thank who he believed to be the same men that were behind him originally. It’s no surprise that he was so overwhelmed that he broke into tears. Watch the heart-warming video up next.