Legendary martial arts star Jackie Chan has blasted American movie bosses for relying too heavily on computer generated imagery (CGI) in action films.

The POLICE STORY actor - who has broken nearly every bone in his body in the pursuit of screen realism - hopes American cinema will ditch special effects in favour of stuntmen.

Jackie says, "There are so many good martial arts actors around, but no one discovers them, because movies just use a lot of special effects.

"In American movies you're always talking about big stunts - helicopter jumping, explosions, motorcycles, leaping 200 feet onto air bags. I do much smaller things.

"In those kind of movies the actors don't even have to be there - they CGI everything. It looks like a cartoon and it's lazy.

"When I ask friends, 'How's the movie?,' they say, 'Wow! The special effects, good.' But nobody says, 'The actors, good. Actresses, good.' Special effects aren't the real deal."

28/11/2003 19:35