We reached the top and Jackie’s door was already open. I nearly dropped everything I was carrying when I saw his room. As soon as you walk in you look down to see the marble flooring that welcomed your feet. There was a hallway both to the left and right. Straight ahead to the left was the master bedroom which was obviously Jackie’s. I could only see half into it from where I was standing but it I think it had its own bathroom and walk in closet! Next to the bedroom and closer to me was a full on office with a leather chair and wooden desk! Down the hallway to the right was a big bathroom and a smaller bedroom which I guess was Dorothy’s.
“You go put the bags down over there,” Dorothy said. She motioned for us to go straight ahead into the living room. As I walked forward the marble floor turned to carpet and opened to a room as big as my own living room at home! There was a dining table to my right, and behind it a door that lead to a separate kitchen. Way down to my left there was a huge television set with a full set of leather couches in front of it. But what caught my eye wasn’t the television set, it was the elliptical machine that was there facing it!
“Wow…” I exclaimed under my breath. I mean, I knew Jackie Chan was rich, and movie stars got the best of the best treatment, but you don’t really know what “best of the best” is until you experience it for yourself! I was expecting a lavish hotel room, but this was a full on, fully furnished condo! There was even a bookshelf filled with books!
I put down the bag in front of the dining room table which already had a bunch of envelopes and various packages on it. Brad, Exy, and Paul did the same. At that moment Jackie walked in and riffled through the envelopes until he found a big yellow one. He opened it and sorted through the papers inside and then handed one of them to Brad. Brad looked it over and nodded. I couldn’t see what they were looking at. Paul joined in and after about five to ten minutes of sorting through several envelopes and items Jackie looked up noticed me standing there.
“Come,” he said to me as he walked back towards the office. Dorothy was there and he said something to her in Cantonese and then pointed at me. He then went back to the living room. Dorothy went into the desk drawer and pulled out a small clear plastic bag with something shiny in it. She then went over to the shelf where there were a bunch of black sweatshirts and white t-shirts and began sifting through them. She couldn’t find what she was looking for and went into an open box by the shelf. She couldn’t find what she was looking for in there either. She finally gave up and grabbed a white t-shirt and black sweatshirt off the shelf and handed them to me.
“What’s this?” I asked.
“Jackie said for you to have some clothes, sorry there’s only large size,” Dorothy replied. I looked at the shirts and there were some Chinese characters on them, but written clearly on the back of both was “The JC Stuntmen Team Hong Kong”! I couldn’t believe it! This was official Jackie Chan gear! I didn’t even know this existed! I felt so honored, lucky, privileged, happy, ecstatic, jubilant and any other words that mean WOW at receiving these precious gifts.
“Oh that’s okay! Thank you!” I said excitedly! Dorothy smiled as she saw me trying to contain my excitement. She handed me the small plastic bag which had two different Jackie Chan key chains, and a small Jackie Chan icon made from metal with a removable sticker on the back so that it could be stuck to something. I recall seeing one on Dorothy’s cell phone thinking that it was the coolest thing ever! Now I had one of my own! “This just keeps getting better and better!” I thought to myself. I tried on both shirts right away and apparently a Hong Kong “large” is like a North American “medium” so it fit just right!
“It fits fine!” I said excitedly.
“Okay, you go now,” Dorothy motioned that I should go back in the room with Jackie. I walked back in beaming with my new shirt on. Brad, Paul, and Jackie looked up at me as I walked in.
“He’s a junior, so you show him,” Jackie said to Brad and Paul who nodded in response and then went back to whatever it was they were doing. I thought that “junior” was a class of stunt man or something and that I was now officially “in”. Up until now I didn’t know what I was going to do or learn, but now I knew – it was clear that I was going to be working with Brad and Paul as part of the JACKIE CHAN STUNTMEN TEAM!!!
Read On! Chapter 6: First Day On Set!