Jackie Chan supports the death penalty

Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan

Hollywood star Jackie Chan has revealed he supports the use of the death penalty for some drug offenders.

The 61-year-old movie star - whose son Jaycee Chan spent six months in prison in China after police uncovered marijuana in his home - has voiced his support for the death penalty in some cases, saying with drugs ''you're hurting thousands of young children''.

The actor, who is Singapore's first celebrity anti-drug ambassador, said: ''On some issues, I do support the death penalty. ''When you're hurting thousands and thousands of young children, I think these kind of people are useless. ''You should get the right punishment.''

Jackie - whose 32-year-old son was imprisoned for providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs - has insisted the use of drugs is not acceptable in his family.

He explained: ''[Young people say] 'it's okay, it's just like a cigarette'. I say 'it's not okay, not in my family'.'' The 'Rush' Hour' star also confessed to feeling ''ashamed'' and ''shocked'' by his son's imprisonment. He said: ''I'm more concentrating on him now, used to be just, 'You are a grown man.' But now I find out, he's still a boy.''