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Troubled Martial Arts star Tony Jaa has left the movie business to be ordained as a Buddhist monk. Jaa shot to fame in 2003 with the release of Ong Bak, which highlighted his skills in the Muay Boran fighting style, particularly in the fact that the extraordinary fight scenes required no CGI or wire work.

From then on it's all been going wrong for the rightful successor to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, in a deluge of contractual obligations, disappearances, broken budgets and other murky goings-on...

Read more about Tony Jaa's defection from the movie industry... Troubled Martial Arts star Tony Jaa has left the movie business to be ordained as a Buddhist monk. Jaa shot to fame in 2003 with the release of Ong Bak, which highlighted his skills in the Muay Boran fighting style, particularly in the fact that the extraordinary fight scenes required no CGI or wire work.

From then on it's all been going wrong for the rightful successor to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, in a deluge of contractual obligations, disappearances, broken budgets and other murky goings-on...

After Ong Bak, Jaa made the equally well received Tom-Yum-Goong, again showing off his almost supernatural fighting skills. The downturn came with Jaa's insistence that he direct Ong Bak 2; with some of the rumours associated with that film's production, one can only surmise that a cooling off period in the sanctuary of a monastery is the best thing for him.

In short, the sequel went over budget quite rapidly, alongside emergent tales of on-set chicken sacrifice. Jaa then proceeded to disappear for two months, halting the production before re-emerging in an emotional Thai television interview, where the clearly-distressed star sobbed uncontrollably.

If a public breakdown wasn't enough, Jaa then insisted that his demands to his production house be met (which included being released from his contract) before disappearing again (supposedly kidnapped) then turning up declaring himself to be fine but, strangely, seeking protection from the local Police station.

So, with the sequel being released in two parts as a way for the production company to recoup some money (part 2 being well-received, whilst part 3 dropped off the radar) it's probable that Jaa has just walked away from the movie business until such time as he can make movies again without being contracted to sinister moneymen. If he was ever short of ideas, his life story up to this point would make a fine thriller.

Watch a classic chase scene from Ong Bak: