Jackie Chan is mainly known stateside for his action comedies, as the Rush Hour franchise, though successful, has placed him in a rather narrow box. Chan’s dramatic abilities are on full display with The Foreigner, a movie about a London restaurant owner (Chan) whose teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing. Directed by Martin Campbell, the gritty filmmaking known for such first rate works as Casino Royale and Edge of Darkness (and unfortunately Green Lantern), the film has received great word of mouth. Pierce Brosnan, who previously worked with Campbell in the James Bond flick GoldenEye, co-stars in the feature.
“He wanted the action to be more serious,” said Chan about his collaboration with Campbell. “It’s not too fancy and it’s more real. It’s not like some other action comedy. It’s heavy and tough action. At the same time I told Martin, ‘yes I’ll do that but not too violent.’ I don’t really like violent things.”
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The Foreigner opens nationwide October 13.