When it comes to big-budget action movies, you can always rely on Hollywood to deliver the goods. From Transformers to the entire Marvel franchise, we’ve got a lot of explosions to watch.
One franchise we’d like to point out is Fast & Furious. This is a movie series that has three of the most popular action stars in the entire world: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
However, there’s something about these action stars — something that makes them all inferior to the 65-year-old Jackie Chan.
Vin Diesel and Jason Statham Refuse to Look Weak On Camera
Are you a fan of the franchise? How many Fast & Furious films have you seen? Maybe you’ve noticed something strange about how the main guys battle it out.
You see, it turns out that Diesel and Statham do not want to look like they lost a match. It’s a movie — but they still want to look stronger than most other individuals.
And so during the filming of Fast & Furious 7, Diesel made a numerical plan. It involved giving a specific value to a type of hit to the body such as a head-butt or a body slam.
His goal? He wanted neither he nor Statham to accumulate more points than the other. This would make them both strong in front of the audience — or that’s at least how he sees it.
That plan didn’t work out, but Diesel still had his sister check on the number of punches he gets in the film franchise. Likewise, Statham has an agreement with the movie studio that prevents him from looking horribly beat up in the movies.
Dwayne Johnson is a Different Kind of Perfectionist
If you think Diesel and Statham were ridiculous in their ways of protecting their onscreen image, check out what the former professional wrestler does.
Johnson ensures that everyone knows he wants to look good and strong in front of the camera. He talks to both producers and editors to check what they’re doing with the scenes.
If that wasn’t enough, Johnson also works with fight coordinators. This helps him look formidable no matter what.
And Then There’s the Legendary Jackie Chan
While Diesel and the others had stunt doubles protecting them from the riskiest action sequences, we have Chan orchestrating his stunts to make them as complex as possible.
And you know what’s great? He’s not afraid to fail. He currently has the world record for having done the most stunts as an actor.
Chan does not give up. He’s had many broken bones and other severe injuries because of his insistence on performing the stunts.
More importantly, Chan doesn’t mind having his characters look weak. In contrast to Diesel, Statham, and Johnson, he’s comfortable with weakness.
What differentiates Chan from other established action stars is that he doesn’t need to look strong all the time. He’s okay getting beat-up multiple times in his movies.
If he can defeat his enemies by a hair, that’s good enough. What matters is that he wins and displays his courage in the face of overwhelming odds — not that he looks almighty in doing so.