Jet Li fans, worry not.
‘I am not a brand ambassador for wheelchairs’: Jet Li says he’s doing fine
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the action star said he was “doing great and feeling great,” reassuring fans around the world after a recent photo of the actor – looking visibly aged and frail compared to his usual self in movies – went viral.
The 55-year-old kung fu star was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2010, which has limited the amount of physical exercise he is able to engage in. Li said that medication has not been effective at curing him of the condition.
He also has leg and spinal problems, after decades of starring in physically demanding action films.
But the 55-year-old actor futher addressed rumors of his ill health in a video that started circulating on the Chinese internet yesterday.
“I am in good health. I am not a brand ambassador for wheelchairs or medicine. The internet wants to make me look like someone with disabilities,” Li said. “It will be great If I am in such a state at age 80!”
The video was filmed on May 20, when Li attended an event organized by Taijizen Institute he co-founded with Jack Ma of Alibaba (which also owns Inkstone) in Chengdu, Sichuan.
Li's manager Steven Chasman told USA Today that the photo that went viral was just misleading. “If you took a picture of me at the wrong angle and wrong time of the day, I could look frail as well.”
A former national martial arts champion, Li has achieved Hollywood success with movies including Romeo Must Die, Lethal Weapon 4 and the Expendables franchise.
He has become less active in films in recent years and turned his focus on charity work.
But fans may soon see the martial arts icon on the silver screen once again, as he is reportedly in final talks to play the Emperor of China in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan.