Tony was offered to play the villain in Rush Hour 3 by one of his childhood heroes, Jackie Chan. Unfortunately, he had to turn down the role because of scheduling conflicts with the shooting of Ong-Bak 2.
As a teenager, Jaa attended Maha Sarakham College of Physical Education in Maha Sarakham Province.
His idols and role models include Panna Rittikrai, Jet Li, Bruce Lee, and Jackie Chan.
In 2006, Tony won for "Best Breakthrough Performance" at the Online Film Critics Society Awards.
He's role in the movie Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior required a four years training in the ancient form of Muay Boran.
Tony was cast as Ting in the movie Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003).
Tony is skilled in various disciplines such as Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, swordplay, and gymnastics.
Actors such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and mostly Bruce Lee influenced him to do stuntwork and acting.
Tony was the martial art choreographer in both movies, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior and The Protector.
Tony does 8 hours of training a day. He practises Muay Thai, gymnastics and other sports to improve his skills.
He's fluent in Thai, Khmer, and he's still learning English.
Tony is of Cambodian descent, more known as "Khmer Surin".
Unlike most of the stuntmen, Tony doesn't use any wire work or CG effects in his stunts.
Although he wasn't credited for it, Tony was Robin Shou's stunt double in the 1997 movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Before becoming an actor, Tony was a stuntman.
He is 5' 6" (1.68 m) tall.
Tony Jaa: I want a strong foundation in Thailand. Hollywood? Maybe in the future.
Tony Jaa: Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee are my masters; they're the inspiration for my work. Bruce Lee was a heavy fighter who threw hard punches. Jackie moves very fast and uses a lot of comedy, and Jet Li is very fluid. I've tried to combine all of their styles and added some things of my own.