The trailer for the new Jackie Chan/Pierce Brosnan action flick, “The Foreigner,” dropped around the world on Monday, and one wouldn’t be blamed for thinking this may mark the reemergence of the man who once heralded so much attention in American theaters with action-packed romps like “Rumble in the Bronx.”  Chan has become a legend in Hollywood for his dangerous stunt work, though he’s been absent from America’s summer blockbuster industry for a number of years now.  The old adage, “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” may not be accurate in Chan’s case, however, as he’s stayed rather busy in his home country of China.

Busy doing what, you ask?  Well, making movies of course.  Oh, and disparaging America in the media, becoming an outspoken member of the Communist party in China, and even suggesting that Chinese citizens have “too much freedom.”

When asked about the United States of America in 2013, Chan called it “The most corrupt in the world,” while criticizing Chinese citizens for voicing complaints about their own national government in the press.

“Where does this Great Breakdown [financial crisis] come from? It started exactly from the world, the United States. When I was interviewed in the U.S., people asked me, I said the same thing. I said now that China has become strong, everyone is making an issue of China.”

Chan can’t be blamed for harboring a patriotic sense of duty to his own nation, but it does seem surprising that he’d go on the offensive regarding the U.S., whose film industry made him an international super star.  However, despite Chan’s willingness to throw America under the bus, his political leanings haven’t won him a great deal of support from the Chinese public.

In December of 2013, Chan was heavily criticized by many Chinese citizens, particularly citizens of the semi-independent Hong Kong, on social media sites after he suggested China introduce legislation limiting the rights of citizens to protest, as he was distressed that the Chinese people are allowed to “scold China, scold the leaders, scold anything, and protest against anything.”

“There should be regulations on what can and cannot be protested,” Chan said.

This wasn’t the first time Chan spoke out in support of anti-democratic laws, or for Beijing.  In 2009, Chan told the Boao Forum for Asia that the Chinese people “need to be controlled.”