Jackie Chan to the Rescue!
Action star becomes real life hero at red carpet event.
The red carpet premiere for The Spy Next Door starring Jackie Chan was full of excitement, but little did I know that this movie action hero would soon have to rescue me!
Things started off just fine with the red carpet interviews. George Lopez stopped by and chatted about his role in the movie. I showed him a newspaper from last spring where he and I are on the front page. In the picture, I’m interviewing him at the Kids’ Choice Awards. He held up the newspaper and posed with me. So now I have a picture of me with George Lopez holding up a newspaper picture of me with George Lopez.
“I love that,” he said.
Billy Ray Cyrus also stopped by to talk. In case you don’t know, he’s a country western singer probably more famous for his real life role as the father of Miley Cyrus. He also plays her father on the TV series Hannah Montana.
“I like the scene where Jackie Chan drops from the ceiling and changes his clothes mid-air,” Cyrus said. “That was amazing. Every time he would do it, George Lopez and I would laugh.”
The kid actors in the movie stopped by to say how much they enjoyed themselves during the filming. But Madeline Carroll, who plays the teenage daughter, had fun off camera too.
Some people might not know that Chan owns a Segway Scooter dealership in Asia.
“When Jackie took us on the Segways and would teach us how to turn, that was really funny,” said Carroll.
Will Shadley, who plays the role of Ian, also, related a story.
“Jackie tried to teach us how to do stunts,” he said. “He decided to climb up the wall and that was fun.”
Little Alina Foley, 4, looked pretty in pink as she came dressed in the same outfit and hairstyle as her American Girl doll. She was happy to be at the premiere, and a little bit shy.
“I like new movies,” she said.
After speaking with me, Chan posed for photos with the other actors in the film. Afterward, he came back to take a picture with me. I was really excited! At that moment photographers surrounded us and I was almost pushed down. That’s when Chan came to the rescue!
He swooped me up with just one hand, and carried me over the velvet rope to safety! It was awesome! Now, that’s an action hero!
—Mariam El Hasan
PHOTO: (Top) George Lopez and Mariam pose with a picture of George Lopez and Mariam on the front page of a newspaper. (Bottom) Jackie Chan poses for a picture right before things get rough and he has to rescue the reporter! (Photo Courtesy Mariam El Hasan)