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“Blood Poured Out of My Nostrils”: An Unusual Stunt Once Left Martial Arts Legend Jackie Chan in ‘Grave Danger’

Published 12/14/2022, 3:00 PM EST

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One of the world’s most loved actors, Jackie Chan, continues to follow his passion at 68. The martial artist turned actor has experienced multiple injuries throughout his long career, due to his penchant for doing his own stunts. He recalls one such incident that left him terrified.

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According to Chan, there is no part of his body that he has not broken. One of the most gruesome scars from his young shoot days is a hollow area on his forehead which happened during the shoot of his film, Armour of God, in 1968. Moreover, the horrific accident had Jackie bleeding from every orifice in his body, putting his life at risk.


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Jackie Chan talked about the deadliest accident in his book

In his book, Never Grow Up, Chan talks about the gruesome accident. As per the scene, Chan was supposed to jump off a tree branch. Dissatisfied with the first take, he insisted on doing another. On the third take, the branch of the tree snapped, resulting in Chan falling down and hitting his head on a rock at the base of the tree.

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As soon as he hit the rock, a large amount of blood came spurting from his ears and his head. His team drove down to the nearest hospital where the doctors examined his condition and called in for urgent brain surgery. Chan explains, “Through all this, my ear was still bleeding. Then blood poured out of my nostrils. I felt a gurgle of it rise in my throat, too. When that happened, I started to feel scared. I was bleeding from every orifice, like people do when they’re about to die. Blood was coming out of my nose and ears and mouth.”


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Immediate surgery for Chan saved his life although he returned to shoot within a week, to the surprise of the crew. However, Chan still feels the pain of that accident today.

Filmmakers forced Chan to act like Bruce Lee


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After Bruce Lee died in 1973, he left a void in the Hong-Kong film industry. Soon, filmmakers approached Chan in an attempt to turn him into the next Bruce Lee. Although he tried to adapt to Lee’s style, the audience did not recognize Chan’s attempts.

Chan, therefore, decided to create his own signature style by combining martial arts with comedy. He decided to combine his comic timing with his martial arts background resulting in the 1978 success, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow. With this genre of action comedy relating with audiences, the rest became history.


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Written by:

Muskan Sharma


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Muskan Sharma is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Calcutta. Muskan has worked as a writer for 3+ years but has a knack for filmmaking, too.
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Anupama Ghosh