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Jackie Chan Dealt A Blow To Hong Kong's Protestors, Don't Act Surprised

If you had any doubts about Jackie Chan and his politics, this should erase them.

The Hong Kong protests have escalated dramatically since they kicked off back in March 2019 and things are getting dicey. Hundreds of thousands of disgruntled Hong Kongers are holding demonstrations everywhere, the economy is getting shell-shocked, flights are getting canceled and the police are retaliating with excessive force.

Jackie Chan, a Hong Kong native, has now spoken out about the protests and, well, let’s say his comments didn’t go down too well.

Too late for that.

Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Chan said he went to Hong Kong to “express the most basic principles of patriotism as a Hong Kong citizen and a Chinese” and wanted to “represent everyone’s voice.”

“I feel pride in being Chinese wherever I go, and the ‘Five-starred Red Flag’ is respected everywhere around the world.

“I also deeply feel that safety, stability, and peace are just like fresh air, you never know how precious it is until you lose it.”

He then called the protests “sad and depressing” and hoped that peace will come to Hong Kong soon.

While these comments are seemingly positive, they’re the last thing Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters want to hear, especially from a guy like Jackie Chan, and they responded with a barrage of comments labeling him as a traitor and a Chinese lackey.

So why all the hate for the world’s biggest action star?

Well, Chan is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultive Conference and a staunch supporter of the Chinese Communist Party. When he’s not acting as the face of modern Chinese communism, he’s going around preaching how Chinese people need to have their freedom and democratic processes suppressed so he’s not exactly on the side of democracy here.

They’re certainly trying though.

So when he’s talking about “safety” and “stability” when referring to Hong Kong, it’s less about democracy and more along the lines of “stop dem protests soon because you’re ruining all the safety and stability we got going in communist China RN.”

As a cherry on top of this oppressive, tear gas soaked cake, Chan reportedly feigned ignorance of the protests when he was asked in June, saying how he had only found out the day before and knew nothing.

Hard to believe you didn’t know about the protests that are taking place in your home country, champ.

He really is.

We shouldn’t be surprised by any of Chan’s comments about the Hong Kong protests, though

It’s been long established that he’s an awful human being and his dodgy politics have been out in the open for ages, so we shouldn’t act too shocked that he’s going around and trumpeting empty rhetorics under the guise of wanting peace.

But in terms of swaying public favour away from the pro-democracy protests and back towards the pro-China side, well Jackie Chan has done his job as China’s mouthpiece perfectly.

Joaquin Phoenix's Wild Prep For Joker Tells Us We're Getting Something Special

Joaquin Phoenix is running loose with his Joker and it's going to be awesome.

Ever since Joaquin Phoenix was confirmed as the Joker, we knew we were getting something different to what we’ve seen previously with Heath Ledger and *shudders* Jared Leto.

So far the signs are indeed pointing in that direction. It’s getting an R-rating, it’s a low(ish)-budget character piece, it’s an original story not based on any pre-existing comic book and it’s trying to position itself as Oscar-bait.

But what about Phoenix’s take on the character? What is he bringing to the Clown Prince of Crime that we haven’t seen before.

Well if we’re to take his word for it, he did some seriously cooked prep to nail his Joker laugh and character, and it all sounds insane.

It’s a cry of excitement.

Chatting to Italian magazine Il Vernerdi (via IndieWire), Phoenix said he crafted his Joker laugh and character by studying up victims of a disorder called Pathological Laughter or Crying (PLC).

“I saw videos showing people suffering from pathological laughter, a mental illness that makes mimicry uncontrollable.”

It sounds like he’s making this stuff up but PLC is indeed a real thing and the symptoms sound absolutely terrifying:

“Patients with PLC are subject to relatively uncontrollable episodes of laughter, crying or both. The episodes occur either without an apparent triggering stimulus or following a stimulus that would not have led the subject to laugh or cry prior to the onset of the condition.

“PLC is a disorder of emotional expression rather than a primary disturbance of feelings, and is thus distinct from mood disorders in which laughter and crying are associated with feelings of happiness or sadness.”

Holy crap, that’s next level method acting right there.

This is suddenly way darker than we initially thought.

Props to Phoenix for not half-arsing this Joker gig. He could’ve did some weird Jared Leto “method-y” stuff but it sounds like he actually did his homework to make something unique.

This application of real-life medical issues also hints at how Phoenix’s Joker will be nothing like what we’ve seen before. The film is going all in on the psychological stuff and there’s no doubt Joaquin will bring his considerable acting chops to the table for it.

But will this unique approach to Joker by Joaquin Phoenix result in a performance that’ll rank up there alongside Heath Ledger or will it fall flat on its face like Jared Leto’s “acting”?

We’ll find out soon enough when Joker drops on October 4.

Jack Black Is What Happens When Your Childhood Fantasies Actually Comes True

Jack Black is like a real life Peter Pan without the character's jerkass parts.

We all have wild, fantastical dreams when we were children. Some want to be a wildly famous movie star while others want to be a rock music god of sorts. There are also a worrying number of kids who want to be *shudder* YouTube stars but hey, might as well let your dreams go crazy when you’re a kid.

In 99.99% of these cases, those childhood dreams end up unrealised because it’s all a crazy long shot. But there are of course exceptions to the rule and there’s no bigger exception than the one and only Jack Black.

The man has carved out quite a career in the movie and music biz over the the last three decades. With the opening of his YouTube channel, Jack can add “YouTuber” to his CV and with that, he’s gone beyond all our regular labels for a regular celebrity.

What he’s become is the embodiment of every person’s childhood fantasy if they all actually come true.

Just think about it. He’s somehow carved out a critically and commercially successful movie career that appeals to nearly every demographic despite not being your traditional Hollywood leading man.

Kids love him because of films like Kung Fu Panda, School of Rock and Jumanji; and adults love him because he’s shown some great comedic and dramatic work in stuff like Bernie and Tropic Thunder.

It’s crazy how surprisingly versatile Jack is when it comes to his movie work.

When he’s not starring in movies, Jack is off being a rock star with his buddy Kyle Glass as part of the wildly – and surprisingly – successful Tenacious D.

Performing raunchy comedic rock songs that you wrote with your best mate while high isn’t the usual recipe for success when you want to be a famous music star, and yet Jack somehow carved out his own niche within the music space.

When you’re rubbing shoulders with rock royalty like Dave Grohl, talented folks like Jack White lining up to work with you, and you’ve sang the greatest song in the world to a demon, you’re doing something right.

You’d think Jack would’ve been satisfied after conquering the movie and music worlds but he somehow managed to break through the final frontier of being a celebrity by becoming a famous video game YouTube star.

After originally starting his channel as a project with his son in 2018, it’s since taken off like wildfire and currently has over 4.2 million subscribers.

But perhaps what makes Jack’s YouTube channel stand out the raw, unedited approach he takes to his content. There’s no “WASSUP GUYZ!” intros or “LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL!” call to actions, it’s all just Jack playing games and being his usual goofy self.

Your childhood dreams are probably just mere fantasy at this point but rather than think of it with a “what if” mentality, you might as well live out those dreams vicariously through Jack Black because he’s fulfilling them right now by doing nothing more than living his best life.

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