Jet Li is battling hyperthyroidism. The Chinese action movie star reveals his health issue during the taping of a Chinese talent show where he is judging. "I have hyperthyroidism, sometimes I'd lose 15 kilograms, sometimes I'd gain 15 kilograms," he says.
"I'm really fat right now. That's a fact. And I haven't had a chance to slim down, because the medication I am taking controls my heart rate, so I cannot exercise...," he continues. "I'll wait until the doctor says I can do simple exercises before slimming down."
The martial arts actor, 50, is determined to beat the illness, "I have brilliant days when I am at my best... as well as days when I question whether I can still continue working. I can be in pain, but I cannot cry, and must face it head on."
"I'm just a regular guy, I'm not Wong Fei Hung, I'm not Huo Yuan Jia," the actor continues, referring to the kung fu heroes he portrays on films, "I'm not a hero. I'm just like you." He adds, "I'm in pain, but I'm not suffering. I'm happy."
Jet Li will reprise his role as Yin Yang, a hand-to-hand combat expert, in Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 3".