There was a stunt man from Hong Kong who was paid W15,000 per movie (US$1=W1,262). He frequently suffered fractures and injuries but never said no, and his three-and-a-half years in Korea were over in a flash. Now he is a global star and earns about W75 billion a year. His name is Jackie Chan.
Yet Chan (55) still feels affection for Korea. He often says his favorite food is yukgaejang (spicy beef soup) and kimchi stew and called Korea his second home. And this month he pays another visit to Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province for a charity event with 101 orphans and children from broken families nationwide starting Thursday.
He chose Tongyoeng because he served as goodwill ambassador for the city four years ago. At that time, he donated W120 million worth of goods and scholarships. He will award scholarships and deliver bicycles to children this time, too.
In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo at the beginning of this year, the 55-year old pledged to donate all his fortune to society by the time he dies, not leaving a single penny in his bank account. And he is putting his words into action.