Jackie Chan may have recently celebrated his 70th birthday, but some fans were taken aback when new photos of the star surfaced online, prompting concerns about his health and well-being.

Yes, the beloved action star turned the big 7-0 on April 7, but fans of the Rush Hour legend weren’t in the mood for celebrating when photos of the star sporting a gray beard, glasses, and looking all-around older surfaced on X.

In response to a tweet that was supposed to honor the Police Story star’s birthday, social media users flooded the post with messages of concern.

“So sad seeing our childhood heroes aging. Thanks for the memories and Happy Birthday Legend,” one person wrote. A second added: “Legend is getting old.”

However, the iconic actor swiftly addressed the buzz, reassuring fans that his new look is merely for a movie role.

In a heartfelt Instagram post commemorating his birthday and illustrious career, Chan addressed the speculation surrounding his aged appearance. “I want to take this opportunity to let everyone know, don’t worry! It’s just a character appearance for my latest movie,” he wrote.


Jackie Chan has been in the entertainment industry for 62 years! (Pictured here in 1981) Credit: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff / Getty


“The character requires me to have white hair, white beard and look old,” Chan added, before voicing his love of trying new things for his many movie roles. “Over the years, I’ve always been willing to try new things for a movie, no matter if it’s a challenging stunt or a breakthrough appearance for a character.

“I’ve been in the entertainment business for 62 years and I cherish every moment because I’m lucky I’m still filming today.”

Reflecting on reaching the milestone age of 70, Chan shared sentiments of gratitude for the privilege of growing old in an industry renowned for its physical demands.


Jackie Chan pictured at the Beijing International Film Festival in 2023. Credit: VCG / Getty


He wrote: “Even before today, many friends have been reminding me: ‘Jackie, it’s going to be your 70th birthday!’ Every time I hear this number, my heart would stop for a second – l’m 70 years old already?

“After recovering from the shock, the second thing that would come to my mind is a saying that my big brother, Sammo Hung once said: ‘Being able to grow old is a fortunate thing.’ Especially for us stunt people, we don’t know how lucky we are to be able to grow old.”

With a career spanning an impressive 62 years in the entertainment industry, Chan expressed his deep affection for filmmaking and the cherished memories it has afforded him. “Looking at these photos brings back so many fond memories,” he reminisced alongside the carousel displaying joyous moments from his career.

“All I can say is: I love making movies and I love you all,” Chan concluded the post. “A big thank you to everyone for all your birthday wishes. Hope everyone stays happy and healthy!”

Amidst the flurry of concern, Chan’s reassurance and enduring dedication to his craft serve as a reminder of his indomitable spirit and the fact that legends never die.

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