Chan decries outdated kung-fu practice

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HONG KONG -- Jackie Chan has a message for aspiring action stars: Don't bow to me.

In a blog entry on his Web site, the actor said he doesn't like the way disciples greet their masters in kung-fu movies by grasping a clenched fist in a prayerlike gesture, then bowing their heads.

Chan says he's seen the move in audition video clips for "The Disciple," his Chinese talent show, which is co-produced by Beijing TV station BTV.

"Some preliminary competitors would introduce themselves the old-period kung-fu way: the fist of one hand clenched firmly, the palm of the other wrapped on top, head slightly bowed, then saying, 'All the heroes here today, please advise and correct my wrongdoings,' " Chan wrote.

He said the greeting is "old-fashioned and definitely not what I'm looking for."

"I think actors of today should adapt to situations appropriately, like using old-fashioned terms for old-fashioned movies or using modern-day speech for modern-day films. Actors shouldn't mix old-fashioned speech with modern-day films. It just doesn't fit," he said.

Chan said actors who adapt to the times will enjoy a wider range of roles.

He also says he didn't launch "The Disciple" to find the next kung-fu superstar, but rather to spot people with talent to become genuinely skilled "action artists."

Chan's films include the "Rush Hour" movies, "Shanghai Noon" and "Shanghai Knights," co-starring Owen Wilson.
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