The Real Reason Jet Li Looks Completely Different Now

The Real Reason Jet Li Looks Completely Different Now

Li Lianjie is one of the most well known faces
in martial arts movies, but you probably know him better as Jet Li . From martial arts movies
in the ’80s and ’90s up to modern-day franchises like The Expendables, Li has been an action
star for as long as many moviegoers can remember. But fans were sent into a frenzy after a 2018
photo of the actor appearing aged beyond his years went viral. The snapshot was almost unrecognizable as
the great martial arts star. Born in 1963, the martial artist would have
just turned 55 at the time the buzzworthy picture was posted, but many thought he appeared
to be 20 or 30 years older. People made their concerns known all around
the world, but is there really any reason to worry? Here are the real reasons why Jet Li looks
completely different now. Kung fu cult master Jet Li is an actor with a rare résumé. Born in Beijing, Li grew up practicing martial
arts on a nationally competitive level, transitioning to a movie career in his late teens. Since then, he’s appeared in both Chinese
movies and Hollywood productions, but he slowed down his Hollywood output around 2010. Li’s partial withdrawal from the spotlight
had to do with a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. When he announced he was suffering from the
illness, Li said that the condition left him feeling uncertain as to whether or not he
could continue working as an actor in martial arts movies. Despite this setback, Li seemed content about
the situation, saying in 2013, “I’m in pain, but I’m not suffering. I’m happy.” Concerns gone viral Li’s diagnosis again became cause for concern
in May 2018 when a photo taken of him at a Tibet temple went viral. The photo, which showed the five-foot-six
star hunched over, with short gray hair and glasses, made him look remarkably older than
his age. Li’s relative absence from American movie
screens in recent years, coupled with the implied notion that he was gravely ill, helped
the image to circulate rapidly. Suddenly, a man who had convincingly defended
entire nations on the screen looked like the sort of person you would help to cross the
street. Fortunately, things aren’t nearly as bad as
they might look. While an overactive thyroid can cause drastic
changes in one’s weight and resting heart rate, it’s a treatable condition. While the disease has required Li to change
up his lifestyle, it’s reportedly never threatened his life. As his manager told The Washington Post, “He has hyperthyroidism that he’s been dealing
with for almost 10 years. It’s nothing life-threatening and he’s dealing
with it. He’s all well and good.” A painful career Li has a lot more going on with his body than
an overactive thyroid, and he’s been building up the damage in plain sight, for our entertainment,
his whole life. As a result of his many injuries, Li has said
he suffers from problems in his legs and spine, with the issues keeping him from being able
to stand up straight for too long. The damage is part of a history in martial
arts that goes back decades, earning him a torn knee that required surgery to fix at
the age of 18, and a major back injury by the age of 23. According to the South China Morning Post,
Li has said he was told by doctors in 2013 that he would end up in a wheelchair if he
continued to work in martial arts films, which helps to account for his slowed output in
the genre since then. Who could blame him? The movies he’s already done get to live forever,
but Li himself only gets one chance. From a bad angle Li’s public relations people were quick to
pounce on the emerging viral story, with his manager telling USA Today that his client
was “completely fine.” Though Li’s manager assured readers that Li
appreciated the outpouring of concern, he also made it clear that the rumors of Li’s
declining health were greatly exaggerated, not to mention a snap judgment, based on one
photo of questionable composition. As Li’s manager put it, “It’s one picture and people are making these
interpretations from it. If you took a picture [of] me at the wrong
angle and wrong time of the day, I could look frail as well.” As the photo gained traction with news outlets
around the world, social media commentators pointed out that much of Li’s appearance could
come down to issues of lighting, posture, and other external factors not indicative
of failing health. The bad photo theory has merit. In December 2017, Li shared a video on Instagram
wishing his fans a Happy New Year. While his appearance in the video is similar
to his look in the viral photo, he appears considerably healthier, older, but not in
trouble. “Dear fans, this is Jet! I wish you happy holidays in the great year
2018.” Romeo is fine While Li does look different now, it doesn’t
appear to be because his health is declining, nor are things as bad as one photo makes it
look. Li is still working as a filmmaker, though
he’s kept most of his work aside from the Expendables series in China. That may change soon, as the actor is reportedly
in talks to star in the live-action version of Disney’s Mulan, set for release in 2020. Li may be getting older, but rumors of his
condition have been greatly exaggerated. Just because he’s cooled it with the high
kicks doesn’t mean he’s done kicking around. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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Comments (72)

  1. What are your favorite martial arts movies?

  2. Iiiiiiiii love jet li,, brings me back ??

  3. I love him always have hope he stays well and happy in this new stage of life

  4. Hes getting old dah

  5. Blacks and Asians have one incredible benefit over whites, they often look younger for a lot longer.

    Thing is age catches up with us all, so for some of them, when it does it's a big difference.

    Ming Na is another that doesn't look her age.

  6. At least we got to see jet li vs donnie yen and jet li vs Jackie chan.

  7. Rest in Peace Jet Li ??

    I know he aint dead but I know they all asleep in china right now and im wishing him a goodnights sleep ?

  8. Master shipou is tht you

  9. Favourite actor he’s simply amazing

  10. he is and will always be one of the best kungfu masters/actors…much respect!!!!

  11. I miss you jet lee

  12. Jet Li is a legend. He's the best thing since Bruce Lee.

  13. The answer is he's playing the emperor in the upcoming Mulan movie. He's making himself look the part

  14. Because Asians age fast asf!! Duhhh

  15. Please tell me some jet Lee movies name

  16. Asian age badly…

  17. Love Jet Li,I know he has health issues and his appearance has changed.But he is still the same person.He probably still could kick your ass hands down.Much respect for a true warrior.Dont care what he looks like.

  18. because he became a mummy

  19. I’m glad he’s okay

  20. Prayers and well wishes to Master Li.

  21. He's gotten better, he looks healthier now.

  22. Dude he's almost 60 years old. WTF!!!

  23. I don't mean to be insulting but he could play star war's Yoda.

  24. cuz he is old now u stupid modern people


  26. Normally Asians don't age this fast.. He has thyroid issues and health issues… That's why

  27. Super ?????????????????


  29. Still love Jet Li . You look great Jet Li ! Life is too short live happily!

  30. he can still kill you with his pinky toe, even if he's in a wheelchair,

  31. Wow. I was watching Fearless and wanted to see his top ten and ran across this. Thank God he is okay. Now fixing to watch Unleashed. He is a bad mother…..shut your mouth.

  32. Still looking good boo?praying for you?

  33. Jet Li looks like that now but Jackie Chan still looks the same..and still making movies

  34. Wow. He looks like yoda without the ears

  35. I love you my idol….you are my idol since I'm 7 years old until now..I'm so very sad to hear about your condition ???please idol get will soon ? I want to see you again in your movie.. even I can't see you in person I love you so much…I Always watch your movie again and again…

  36. Jet li inspired me when I was 6 years old and now I'm 12 and I still wanna be just like him

  37. i almost confused him with vruce lee….strange how thier last names are almost the same…n…both are martial arts pros….both oriental….

  38. bruce lee …i misspelled in last comment sorry

  39. You know, I grew up with so many recognizable action star heroes.
    Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Bruce Willis, and more.

    There really hasn't been anyone to replace them. The closest thing to replacements we have are the avengers actors like Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, etc but they are more of half-serious half-comedy and silly-style action movies. They never portray characters in a real world setting. I can't even name an actor that does to be honest. All modern action movies have to be forcibly injected with silliness and inappropriate/unrealistic humor.

  40. Ha anyone seen Jackie chan it’s like he disappeared from the face of the earth

  41. Because he's getting old??

  42. I think he traveled in time like cap america

  43. I worshipped Bruce Lee…

  44. We love and respect you Jet li , Bruce lee , Jackie chan , Donnie yen and the list goes on all the great legends out there we will never forget you !

  45. So weird how strange things happen to are best kung Fu masters we love you man make a new game you said if you can't do kung Fu you would make games to further preserve your kung fu

  46. Some people lose their hair and go grey way early hes been shaving his headfor a while leave the guy alone lol he can still kick your ass

  47. He did a amazing movie with the Detroit born singer Aaliyah… BASICALLY he is a living legend to Americans and all across the WORLD ? Master Li is a ? plus when u lose hair u do tend to look much older

  48. Jet Li was a wushu champion of China at the age of 19 ……. he has been in countless Martial arts movies. Countless memories for many different lifetimes and as long as their is DVDs his legacy won't be forgotten. Huo Ya Jia… His best role, Fearless.

  49. One shouldn’t be too involved in the life of celebrities. Taking away the fame and camera, they are just humans like you and me.

  50. Jet Li is my favorite movie star.I alway's liked how calm, serious and cool he be in his movies.Will alway's have respect for him,Jackie Chan and the King Bruce lee.P.S ,living to see old age is a blessing,many people can't make it to 30 anymore.

  51. He is old but his age does not make him old.

  52. Jet li please don't die I love you as your biggest fan

  53. And once again how can tom cruise still look like he does at his age

  54. People jet lee is human, humans get old, so why don’t you all go duck ? fucking on Friday like you always do. Jet lee told me to say that.

  55. Jet Li is a karate fighter just like Bruce Lee was both of them were legendary karate artists of all time

  56. One of the greatest martial artists of all time wish i could study under him

  57. Soooooo. Why didn't he gain weight??????????
    They either did something to him to make him old or jet li been dead. This satanic industry do stuff right in people face and people dont see it.

  58. He will forever be Hero, the best, the legendary. He is like Bruce Lee, no one will ever take their place in the annals of martial art movie history. Jet Li is a true role model on and off the screen and that can't be said to others

  59. If you are a true Jet Li fan then you know that after Hero, The Bodyguard From Beijing and My Father is a Hero are his best films

  60. ALL these So-called "Action Movie Actors/Stars", Ain't got $#!T on Jet Line, NOR Ever WILL!!

  61. now he looks like me 🙁

  62. He was dying his hair for movies…doing all those stunts would do a number on anybody's body…my Mother has Hyper Thyroidism…she takes medicine to keep it from messing with her heart rate….he is also a very small guy in stature..he .never really has been big and bulky…he was slim and cut up…I am in my 40's…Military service, Construction work, even playing sports like Football and running Track…in my early years took a toll on my body…also breaking limbs like arms, ribs, and legs will eventually make you more suspectible to having Arthritis earlier than someone who never broke a limb…the bones are set by doctors and heal but never go back to the original configuration…your balance and posture changes with every serious injury….especially back injuries…alot of actors who were former stunt men or action stars earlier in their careers like Burt Reynolds ending up walking with canes or even in wheelchairs later on!

  63. I love Jet Li he & JC are my heros since childhood. Get well soon and come back with a great movie we are waiting for you

  64. Thanks, Jet.. You're a LEGEND.

  65. well he is like 65+ right? he was in his 40s in late 90s.

  66. Dude looks like yoda

  67. I don’t care what he looks like, as long as he is alive I am happy.

  68. People age get over it.

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