Jaa in Bangkok (2015)
February 5, 1976|
|Occupation||Actor, martial artist, action choreographer, martial arts choreographer, director. stunt man,|
Japanom Yeerum (Thai: จาพนม ยีรัมย์), formerly Tatchakorn Yeerum (Thai: ทัชชกร ยีรัมย์; rtgs: Thatchakon Yiram) or Phanom Yeerum (Thai: พนม ยีรัมย์; rtgs: Phanom Yiram; [pʰanom jiːram]; born February 5, 1976), better known internationally as Tony Jaa, in Thailand as Jaa Phanom (Thai: จา พนม; rtgs: Cha Phanom), is a Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, director, and Buddhist monk. His films include Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Tom-Yum-Goong (also called Warrior King or The Protector), Ong-Bak 2, Ong Bak 3, Tom Yum Goong 2, and Furious 7.
Tony Jaa was born in Surin province, Isan, Thailand, and was raised in a rural area in Surin. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Maha Sarakham Institute of Physical Education. His hometown is 400 km from Bangkok. As he grew up he watched films by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen and Jet Li at temple fairs, which was his inspiration to learn martial arts. He was so inspired by them that while he was doing chores or playing with friends, he would imitate the martial arts moves that he had seen, practicing in his father's rice paddy.
"What they [Chan, Lee and Li] did was so beautiful, so heroic that I wanted to do it too," Jaa told Time in a 2004 interview. "I practiced until I could do the move exactly as I had seen the masters do it."
He began training in Muay Thai at the local temple from age 10 and at age 15 he requested to become a protégé of stuntman and action-film director Panna Rittikrai. Panna had instructed Jaa to attend Maha Sarakham College of Physical Education in Maha Sarakham Province. Tony Jaa has a Muay Thai record of 5 wins and 0 losses
Tony initially worked as a stuntman for 14 years, Muay Thai Stunt, appearing in many of Panna's films. He doubled for Sammo Hung when the martial-arts actor made a commercial for an energy drink that required him to grasp an elephant's tusks and somersault onto the elephant's back. He was also a stunt double in the Thai television series Insee Daeng (Red Eagle).
Together, Panna and Jaa developed an interest in muay boran, the predecessor of muay Thai and worked and trained for four years at the art with the intention of developing a film about it. Eventually they were able to put together a short film showing what Jaa could do with the help of instructor Grandmaster Mark Harris. One of the people they showed it to was producer-director Prachya Pinkaew, who was duly impressed.
This led to Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior in 2003, Jaa's break-out role as a leading man. Jaa did all the stunts without mechanical assistance or computer-generated effects and it showcased his style of extreme acrobatics and speedy, dance-like moves. Injuries suffered in the filming included a ligament injury and a sprained ankle. One scene in the film involved fighting with another actor while his own trousers were on fire. "I actually got burned," he said in a 2005 interview. "I really had to concentrate because once my pants were on fire the flames spread upwards very fast and burnt my eyebrows, my eyelashes and my nose. Then we had to do a couple more takes to get it right.".
His second major movie was Tom-Yum-Goong (The Protector in the US), named after a type of Thai soup and including a style of muay thai that imitates elephants.
Sahamongkol Film International advertised that Tony Jaa's third film would be called Sword or Daab Atamas, about the art of Thai two-sword fighting (daab song mue), with a script by Prapas Chonsalanont. But due to a falling out between Prachya and Jaa, which neither have publicly commented on, Sword has been cancelled.
While Jaa and Amogelang were working on Ong-Bak 2, director Prachya Pinkaew and action ya choreographer Panna Rittikrai were working on Chocolate, starring a female martial artist, Nicharee Vismistananda, and released February 6, 2008. Jaa had been cast in a small role in a third installment of the King Naresuan film series directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol, although the film was ultimately cancelled. Ong Bak 3 was released in 2010 and provides a conclusion to this Thai trilogy.
His films captured the attention of his hero, Jackie Chan, who asked director Brett Ratner to cast Jaa in Rush Hour 3. "I gave the director videos of Tony Jaa because I think Tony Jaa is the most well-rounded of all action stars," Chan told the Associated Press. "The director liked him a lot," Chan said. However, Jaa said he'd be unable to participate because of scheduling conflicts with the shooting of Ong Bak 2.
Tony Jaa also released Ong Bak 3, as a sequel to the prequel Ong Bak 2.
Return to acting
After leaving the monastery, it came as a surprise to all that Jaa accepted a deal with Sahamongkol film company. He filmed Tom Yum Goong 2 for them, with Chocolate star Jija Yanin in a major role too, the first time Jaa has shared the big screen with another international martial arts star. Director Prachya Pinkaew and choreographer Panna Rittikrai also returned for this film.
In 2013, he teamed up with Dolph Lundgren in the Thai western-comedy A Man Will Rise (which remains unfinished) and in 2014 in Lundgren's pet project Skin Trade, directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham. Then Jaa co-starred in the blockbuster action film Furious 7, directed by James Wan. Jaa also teamed up with fellow actor Wu Jing in Hong Kong- Chinese action film SPL II.
Jaa was briefly attached to the remake of Kickboxer: Vengeance. However, in November 2014, it was announced that he had exited the project. Jaa's next project is starring with Vin Diesel in XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
|1994||Spirited Killer||Supporting role|
|Mission Hunter 2 (Battle Warrior)|
|1997||Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||Stunt double: Robin Shou|
|2001||Nuk leng klong yao||Supporting role|
|2003||Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior||Ting||Main role; action choreographer|
|2005||Tom-Yum-Goong||Kham||Main role; action choreographer|
|2007||The Bodyguard 2||Himself||Cameo|
|2008||Ong Bak 2||Tien||Main role; action choreographer, director and stunt coordinator|
|2010||Ong Bak 3|
|2013||Tom Yum Goong 2||Kham||Main role; action choreographer|
|A Man Will Rise||Unknown||Main role; uncompleted|
|2014||Skin Trade||Tony Vitayakul||Main role; Hollywood debut film|
|SPL II: A Time For Consequences||Chai||Main role; Hong Kong debut film|
|2016||Never Back Down: No Surrender||Himself||Cameo; Direct to video|
|2017||XXX: Return of Xander Cage||Talon||Post-production|
|High Value Target|
|1998||Red Eagle||อินทรีแดง 2541, Stunt double: Red Eagle, uncredited|
|2004||Tragédie (duo)||"Je Reste Ghetto"||Muay Thai|
|2005||Tom Yum Goong: The game||Kham||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Star Entertainment Awards||Actor in Leading Role of the Year||Ong-Bak||Won|
|2004||Thailand National Film Association Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2005||Achievement of the Year in Directing||Tom-Yum-Goong||Won|
|2006||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Ong-Bak||Nominated|
|2008||Top Awards||Motion Picture of the Year||Ong Bak 2||Won|
|2009||Nine Entertain Awards||Won|
|Thailand National Film Association Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2010||Top Awards||Actor in Leading Role of the Year||Ong Bak 3||Nominated|
|2011||Deauville Asian Film Festival||Best Actor||Nominated|
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- The Nation, "Soop Sip", May 3, 2006 (print only).
- Frater, Patrick (March 27, 2006). "Weinsteins are back with another 'Bak'" Variety (magazine) (subscription-only).
- "Jackie Chan says he plugged Thai Tony Jaa for 'Rush Hour 3,' but he didn't sign on". International Herald Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
- Grady Hendrix. "Brett Ratner's Asian orgy". Kaiju Shakedown via Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
- News: Tony Jaa And Prachya Pinkaew Reunite For TOM YUM GOONG 2. Twitchfilm.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-23.
- Fresh Details On Dolph Lundgren And Tony Jaa's A MAN WILL RISE
- Collura, Scott (2013-08-23). "Ong Bak's Tony Jaa Joins Fast and Furious 7". IGN. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
- "'Kickboxer' Reboot Punches Up Cast With Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa". Variety. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
- "EXCLUSIVE: KICKBOXER Loses Fung, Gains 'In The Blood' Director". Film Combat Syndicate. November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
- Brown, Todd (January 1, 2016). "Tony Jaa, Jet Li and Deepika Padukone Join Vin Diesel In XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE". Twitch.
- "จาพนม-บุ้งกี๋"อุ้มท้องฉลองสมรสชื่นมื่น(ชมภาพชุด) (in Thai). Daily News. 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- "Puen hode". IMDB.
- "Nuk leng klong yao". IMDB.
- Tony Jaa at the Internet Movie Database
- Tony Jaa on Facebook
- Tony Jaa on Twitter
- Tony Jaa on Instagram
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