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Jackie Chan who once threw his son across the room

Jackie Chan had made some personal revelations about his past in a memoir last year, in which he refers to himself as a “nasty jerk” and recounts throwing his toddler son across the room on one occasion. Never Grow Up was first published in Chinese in 2015 and now available in English also.

Chan remembers an incident that occurred when his son Jaycee Chan, now 36, was two. “I picked him up with one hand and flung him across the room, and he crashed into the sofa,” the actor states. “With the amount of force I used, if he’d hit the back or armrests, it could have been quite serious.” The honorary Oscar winner says he “immediately” regretted the gesture and never “threw” or “hit” his son again.

The Chinese actor, 64, reflects on his rise to fame and his former habits in the book, saying that when he was younger, he spent a significant part of his money on “drinking, gambling and girls”. He mentions a woman he knew by the name Number Nine, whom he visited several times at a club.

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“Every night, Number Nine and I would squeeze into her dingy little cubicle, the low ceiling right above us … There were times when I’d notice people trying to peep through the cracks in the door at us,” reads one of the quotes from the book transcribed by CNN last year. “Yet this little cubicle seemed like paradise to me.”

Looking back at his newfound stardom, Chan recounts: “I drunk drove all the time. In the morning, I’d crash my Porsche, then in the evening, I’d total a Mercedes-Benz. All day long, I went around in a haze.” Chan, the fifth highest paid actor in the world according to Forbes’s 2018 ranking, also mentions his affair with former beauty queen Elaine Ng, describing his wife Joan Lin, with whom he has been married since 1982, as a “strong woman”.