Jackie Chan has made a global name for himself in action movies and has won hearts for his happy-go-lucky persona, but he wasn't always like this according to his latest memoir.
The 64-year-old candidly confessed to indulging in women of the night, drink driving, and domestically abusing his two-year-old son.
"I really was quite a nasty jerk," Chan admitted to CNN in his new book.
"Going out and drinking every night did start to erode my professionalism. I went through a phase that was known as 'one before lunch, one after lunch'.
"I drunk drove all the time. In the morning, I'd crash my Porsche, then in the evening, I'd total a Mercedes-Benz. All day long, I went around in a haze."
Chan also revealed a shocking confession that not many stars would admit to when he picked up his infant son Jaycee shortly after a dispute with his wife.
"I picked him up with one hand and flung him across the room, and he crashed into the sofa," Chan remembers.
"With the amount of force I used, if he'd hit the back or armrests, it could have been quite serious."
"I take my promises seriously, and I'm a man of my word. I never threw him again or hit him," he writes.
But Chan added that his problems didn't end there.
"Even though I made next to nothing, I spent all my wages on drinking, gambling, and girls.
"We all did."
In another revealing story, the Chinese movie star added, "I remember the first time I went to a club. I was shy but acted like a big man, anyway. The girl who served me - I knew her as Number Nine - was beautiful, with a sweet personality. On my second visit, I simply asked, 'Is Number Nine here?' And that's how it was every time after that.
"Every night, Number Nine and I would squeeze into her dingy little cubicle, the low ceiling right above us. The room wasn't soundproof either, and we could hear pretty much everything around us, clear as crystal. There were times when I'd notice people trying to peep through the cracks in the door at us. Yet this little cubicle seemed like paradise to me."
Following a bout of reckless hedonism, Chan eventually found fame as an actor and married Taiwanese actress Joan Lin in 1982. But in 1999, Chan had a lovechild following a steamy affair with beauty queen Elaine Ng.
"In 1999, I made a serious mistake," he admitted.
"When the news broke about an affair I'd had that resulted in a child, the media frenzy was like a bomb going off. I wanted to phone Joan, but I didn't know what to say. I wouldn't be able to explain this."
Despite his infidelity, Joan stood by him. "She is a strong woman, stronger than I am in many ways."
Jackie Chan made his name as a stuntman before landing his big break in a series of Chinese and Hollywood movies, with his breakthrough coming in the 1980's flick, The Big Brawl.
Back in April, 's remarkable rise in Hollywood started when he was a stuntman in his native China before he landed his first leading role in 14 Years Later.
The release of Chan's upcoming book comes at a time when his daughter Etta went to the press and claimed she was homeless 'because of her 'homophobic parents'.