Can you believe it’s been 18 years since Romeo Must Die was released?
A newly surfaced photo of lead actor Jet Li shows him looking far older than his 55 years.
A fan posted a photo on Twitter taken with the star at a Tibetan temple.
The Beijing-born actor appeared frail reportedly due to his health problems – including hyperthyroidism, a heart condition, and past leg/spine injuries from stunts.
Jet Li Was Given A Sad Ultimatum By His Doctor
According to THR, the actor’s doctor gave him a choice to ‘either continue making [action] films or spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair.’
It’s hard to believe just 5 years ago Li fired a machine gun in a helicopter, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, as combat expert Yin Yang in The Expendables 3.
Li Is A Father Of Four
Li memorably played late R&B icon’s Aaliyah’s love interest in the 2000 flick Romeo Must Die, he then starred in her Try Again music video.
The divorced father-of-four – now married to Nina Li Chi – made his American movie debut as the villain Wah Sing Ku in Lethal Weapon 4 opposite Mel Gibson in 1998.
Li Still Misses Aaliyah
In 2006, Li filmed the movie Rogue in Vancouver – the same city where he filmed Romeo Must Die.
“I have some memories of this very beautiful city … but it still makes me think about Aaliyah,” movie news Web site Ign.com quoted him as saying. “She was such a talented girl and some locations when you pass by every day, you still think about her.”