It's not unusual for actors to stumble when they talk about politics, but Jackie Chan, below, has struck a nerve on a particularly divisive issue. In the southern Chinese province of Hainan on Saturday Mr. Chan, the action star, told a group of business leaders, "I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not," The Associated Press reported. He also said: "I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want." Mr. Chan's remarks have drawn criticism from lawmakers in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where Mr. Chan was born. "He's insulted the Chinese people," the Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Leung Kwok-hung told The Associated Press. "Chinese people aren't pets." Another Hong Kong lawmaker, Albert Ho, said: "His comments are racist. People around the world are running their own countries. Why can't Chinese do the same?" Hong Kong and Taiwan news outlets reported the comments, but mainland China did not. According to his Web site, jackiechan.com, Mr. Chan will perform May 1 at the Jackie and His Friends Concert in Beijing.