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Tony Jaa learns Monk style, quits movie biz

05.31.2010

If you were looking forward to a lot more bone-shattering action from acrobatic Thai cyclone Tony Jaa, you're out of luck... at least for a while.

The pachyderm-loving martial actor and star of the ONG-BAK movies has reportedly left the movie business behind for a life of peace and non-facebreaking. According to Twitch, Jaa "rode an elephant to a Buddhist temple in Surin, Thailand, where he shaved his head, took vows, and was officially ordained as a Buddhist monk."

This isn't the first time Jaa (aka Phanom Yeerum) put his fists in his pockets and wandered off -- he disappeared during the middle of production on ONG-BAK 2, which he also directed.

Twitch speculates that Jaa, once heralded as "the next Bruce Lee", had trouble dealing with his initial success and the pressures (some self-inflicted) that followed. His contract obligations to production house Sahamongkol seemed to involve mafia-style coercion and inevitably led to ONG-BAK 3, a recent box office flop in its home country.

So if you were putting your hopes in seeing Jaa make it stateside and take Hollywood by storm, you'd better pack up your powers of persuasion and head into the jungle after him.

Extra Tidbit: Guess the door's open -- Scott Adkins, Cyril Raffaelli, Wu Jing and Marko Zaror, c'mon in.
Source: Twitch

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4:14PM on 06/09/2010

Really bad news...

He is the best I've seen in ages...
He is the best I've seen in ages...
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12:36PM on 06/02/2010

Too bad

this guy can do some amazing shit. I would have loved to see him do more
this guy can do some amazing shit. I would have loved to see him do more
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6:29PM on 06/01/2010
oh no...
oh no...
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8:21AM on 06/01/2010

good luck

if he's happier for it then good on him for leaving it behind.
if he's happier for it then good on him for leaving it behind.
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7:54AM on 06/01/2010

Damn.

The dude just kicked a guy out of a fucking helicopter! He will be missed.
The dude just kicked a guy out of a fucking helicopter! He will be missed.
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7:48AM on 06/01/2010
NOOOO! *Hops on elephant and disappears into the jungle after him* Why the hell do these guys keep leaving? Maybe Rain will take over as most promising? =/
NOOOO! *Hops on elephant and disappears into the jungle after him* Why the hell do these guys keep leaving? Maybe Rain will take over as most promising? =/
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3:15AM on 06/01/2010
I love how fuckin' bizarre he is.
I love how fuckin' bizarre he is.
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3:05AM on 06/01/2010
Could Tony Jaa be anymore of a bad ass?
Could Tony Jaa be anymore of a bad ass?
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1:46AM on 06/01/2010

WOW...

This dude gets weirder and weirder every day.
This dude gets weirder and weirder every day.
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12:08AM on 06/01/2010
Everyone was kung fu fighting, those kicks were fast as lighting...infact it was a liitle bit frightning, but came with expertn timing
Everyone was kung fu fighting, those kicks were fast as lighting...infact it was a liitle bit frightning, but came with expertn timing
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11:33PM on 05/31/2010
In a world where action stars are a dime a dozen... one man has chosen to leave it all behind for his faith... but it's about to change when evil strikes his parish... Summer 2012... Thai Monk!
In a world where action stars are a dime a dozen... one man has chosen to leave it all behind for his faith... but it's about to change when evil strikes his parish... Summer 2012... Thai Monk!
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11:26PM on 05/31/2010
wow a lot of shitty news today
wow a lot of shitty news today
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