21ST CENTURY TAI CHI
Ideas to bridge the space between thought and action
Jim Kelly, the martial artist and actor in Enter the Dragon died on June 29th 2013, aged 67. Kelly will be remembered for not just his charismatic fighting role, but his superb lines and presence on screen. Like Lee, he too was often typecast by a myopic Hollywood inhibited by its own prejudices.
“THE ROUND TABLE DEBATE: WORKING WITH THE LITTLE DRAGON
TRANSCRIPT OF RADIO SHOW: THE INTRODUCTIONS
Gerald Greene: Good evening and welcome to this week’s episode of Alphabetical Legends. My name is Gerald Greene and on this week’s show we are focusing on the letter L - for popular culture has indeed been blessed with some superb actors that have carried the letter to legendary heights: Christopher Lee, Spike Lee, Lee Van Cleef, Lee Majors and even Jet Li. But over and above all these, there has been one Lee that perhaps defined a whole genre of entertainment and social activities: The Little Dragon himself, Bruce Lee; actor, writer, producer and acknowledged King Of Kung Fu.
On tonight’s Round Table Discussion we will be discussing his impact on the lives of so many people across all the continents of the world and to do so, we have invited an esteemed panel of guests.
So let’s get on with the introductions: On my left - wearing a well-cut suit as always - I have Mr Williams - How are you Mr Williams?
Williams: Busy, very busy. But, hey, still looking good…
Gerald Greene: Next to Williams, we have the infamous opponent to Lee in the unforgettable Coliseum fight, Mr Colt. What are you up to these days Colt?
Colt: Oh, you know. Loads of TV work, films, endless series. Political campaigning, religious fund-raisers…
Gerald Greene: Fascinating, fascinating…maybe we can come back to some of that in another show? To my right side, I have the amiable and admirable Mr O’Hara, star of two films with the little Dragon. Welcome Mr O’Hara.
THE BOUNCE FACTOR
Gerald Greene: Colt, can we start with you. Perhaps, more than most of us here, you worked intimately with the man on his third film. The coliseum fight has gone down in the annals of martial history as one of the greatest fight sequences ever filmed. What is your outstanding memory of that Lee during that fight?
Colt: Well, he was bouncy. Not very hairy, but extremely bouncy.
Gerald Greene: Williams?
Williams: Yeah, Tigger had nothing on that cat. He was bouncy, Colt’s right about that.
Gerald Greene: O’Hara?
O’Hara: A bit bouncy. Though, not so much off screen.
Gerald Greene: Mr Han-Man?
Han (Luke): Mr Han says that he is in agreement with the general bounciness of the conversation but would like to add that Lee’s Style was unorthodox too.
Williams: But effective.”
Gerald Greene: Maybe we could leave the ‘bouncy’ discussion a moment and just go back to the coliseum fight. What does the panel think of the symbolism - classicism versus formlessness, Asia versus America or just the Japanese karate Gi versus the Chinese black trousers? Colt…?
Colt: Well, I’d have to return to the bouncy argument because I remember, after we watched the first out-takes, I said to Bruce: “Hey Bruce. Don’t you think I’m looking a bit rigid compared to you”, and he says that’s ‘cause you are rigid Colt. So I say “Can’t we change it?” and he says, “It’s your legacy Colt, it’s all you have to work with.”
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