Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
A few weeks ago my father told me that Jackie Chan was dead and I was sad. Now, I find out that Jackie Chan is still alive and now I am mad.
True Story: I once stayed in a hotel in Zhengzhou, China (Henan Province) on the same floor, and likely just a few doors down, from Jackie Chan. The hotel was totally buzzing and I was hoping to run into him in the hallway but I never saw him.
Maybe True Story: Several mainland Chinese I know, normal people in China's rising middle class, have sworn up and down to me that it is common Chinese knowledge that Jackie Chan is actually a big organized crime boss. Googling this ("Jackie Chan Triad Boss" or similar) in English turns up about a million movie reviews but nothing that suggests he might actually be a member of organized crime. I don't get the impression they're yanking my chain, though of course you never know. I do know that sometimes the lines of morality are on a much more slippery slope in the East, so I can imagine a scenario under which this is sort of true, but I don't know if I'm just squinting my eyes to see a truth I want to see.