|(AP) In this Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 file photo, Chinese actor Jet Li smiles during a press event…
HONG KONG (AP) – Jet Li says he’s being treated for an overactive thyroid, but he’s determined to fight the condition head-on.
The Chinese action star known for his kung fu skills discussed his diagnosis during the taping of a talent show he’s judging in China.
In Tuesday’s taping, the 50-year-old Li appeared to have a fuller face and heavier frame.
He said his weight has fluctuated but he’s taking it all in stride. Li joked about his weight gain and said “I’m fat, I don’t have the time to lose it. It’s a fact!”
He explained that exercise is not advised with the medication he’s taking. An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, causes changes in a person’s metabolism and heart rate, among other symptoms, but is generally treatable with medications.
Li was diagnosed in 2010. He kept his condition under control with medication, but it came back with a vengeance recently.
He said that he’s tackling his illness head-on. “I’m just a regular guy, I’m not Wong Fei Hung, I’m not Huo Yuan Jia (kung fu heroes he portrays on film), I’m not a hero. I’m just like you.”
A martial arts champion at a young age, Li turned to acting and began showing off his kung fu skills on big screens in the 1980s.
He catapulted to fame in the ’90s with the “Once Upon a Time in China” films where he portrayed martial arts master Wong Fei Hung.
His Hollywood career includes such titles as “Lethal Weapon 4,””Romeo Must Die” and more recently “The Expendables 2.”
Li confessed there are times he’s unsure if he’s able to carry on with work, but he’s determined. “I’m in pain, but I’m not suffering. I’m happy,” he said.
Jame Gregoire and Lam Kok with their spouses. Getty
A Chinese billionaire and a French former owner of a chateau are missing after a helicopter they were flying crashed in the Dordogne River.
Tycoon Lam Kok and former owner of the Chateau de La Riviere, James Gregoire, were pictured posing in front of Chateau de La Riviere, following the sale of the property.
According to Sky News, Gregoire sold the Bordeaux chateau to Hong Kong-based Lam Kok for £25 million before they took a helicopter flight, piloted by Gregoire, to see the property from the sky.
a major search operation was launched using emergency helicopters and around 100 officers on foot.
No trace of the helicopter has yet been found.