The newly named celebrity anti-drug ambassador to Singapore and possible zombie Jackie Chan can now boast yet another title: Dean of The Jackie Chan Film and Television Academy of the Wuhan Institute of Design and Sciences (武汉设计工程学院), which opened officially on May 20.
In a post to his Weibo account last Wednesday, Chan wrote: “Today I have finally fulfilled my life-long dream”. (We kind of thought managing a K-pop band was his life-long dream, and he did that back in March 2014?!)
After observing that Chinese films “always employed foreign crews and directors”, Chan felt it was time to cultivate some home-grown talent. Thus, the Jackie Chan film school was born.
The actor/director said he’s invited some friends in the industry, including actor Zhang Guoli (张国立), actress Li Bingbing (李冰冰), director Feng Xiaogang (冯小刚) and his wife Xu Fan (徐帆), to act as visiting professors to his school. He’s planning on hiring even more filmmakers to teach his students not just in a classroom setting, but also on set.
The institute currently offers undergraduate programs in animation, performance and digital media and will offer overseas exchange programs as well.
We’re proud of you, Dean Jackie Chan.
[Images via Sina]
By Sharon Choi