Interview with Bruce Lee – Martial Arts Master, Film Maker and Actor

Interview with Bruce Lee

There are so many deceased famous people for me to interview with my supernatural powers, that I am having a difficult time selecting just one. But fortunately, this one selected me. I was finishing my moo shu pork in my favorite Chinese restaurant when I glanced up and there was Bruce Lee staring at me with that piercing look of his. You remember Bruce Lee, don’t you? – the actor, film maker and master of martial arts who died far too young at the age of 32.

He asked me if I would like to interview him since he had so much to say and no one was really listening at his place. Of course I said yes, but I asked him first how he knew of my otherworldly interviews with famous dead people. You know what he said? Just read on.


Bruce Lee 1940 - 1973
Bruce Lee 1940 - 1973

me – It would be a pleasure to interview you, Mr. Lee … Bruce. How did you learn of my interviews?

Bruce – At the cemetery – everyone is dying to get in – get it? Well, everybody – body, get it? is talking about you. We enjoy reading your hubs when it’s our turn at the computer.

me – Aw, you’re putting me on.

Bruce – Yes, I am. I learned about your interviews from my buddy, Genghis Khan. He was very pleased with your interview and recommended I look you up.

me – I’m delighted you did. Tell me about your early years. Were you born in the United States?

Early Years

Bruce – Yes, I was born at the Jackson Street Hospital in Chinatown, San Francisco, California on November 27, 1940. My father, Lee Hoi Chuen, was a Chinese American actor on tour with the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Company. My mother, Grace Ho, was the daughter of a Chinese mother and a German father.

My mother named me Jun Fan.The name means "return again." My mother chose it because she believed I would come back from Hong Kong to live in America someday. It was a nurse at the hospital who suggested the name, Bruce.

me – Would you prefer that I call you Jun Fan?

Bruce – Bruce is okay but I have another name, too. At home in Hong Kong, I was called Sai Fon which means “Small Phoenix.” I didn’t use the name, Bruce, until I entered school.

me – When did you have your first acting role?

Bruce – I couldn’t call it acting. It was more like just being there. I made my acting debut as an infant being carried by my father in the movie, “The Golden Gate Girl” in 1940. My role was to play a one-month-old infant. That acting gig was made to order for me. I was one month old at the time. (Laughs).

A few months later, my family moved back to China. My father was a busy film actor. We had a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment in Kowloon, a suburb of Hong Kong. I know that seems like a good size apartment but 16 people lived there: my mother and father, my two sisters, Phoebe and Agnes, and my two brothers, Peter, and Robert.

me – Who were the other nine people?

Bruce – My father’s sister-in-law, her five children, two servants, the servant's child, and assorted pets. Following the Chinese custom, my father supported his sister-in-law and her family after the death of his brother.

I was a tough kid looking for fights.
I was a tough kid looking for fights.
But here I look like I wouldn't hurt a fly.
But here I look like I wouldn't hurt a fly.

Acting and Fighting

me –Did you act in movies in Hong Kong?

Bruce – I was a child star like Justin Bieber but without such lovable hair. When I was six years old, I starred in “The Birth of Mankind” (1946) and was billed as Lee Siu Lung or “Little Dragon.” My sister, Agnes, had given me this nickname because I was born in the Year of the Dragon.

I had starring roles in 20 movies in Hong Kong, including “Kid Chueng,” (1950) and “The Orphan,” (1958). My mother said that I had no problem getting up at two a.m. to get to a movie shoot, but getting up early to go to school was something else. She often joked, "By the time Bruce was 10, that was as far as he could count." I loved my mother but I never appreciated that joke.

me –Why did you begin studying martial arts?

Bruce – In 1952, when I was12, I entered La Salle College, a Catholic, English-speaking school. I was small for my age and was getting bullied and beat up as a daily routine. I asked my parents to enroll me in a martial arts school so I could learn to defend myself – before someone killed me.

In 1953, I began to study under Master Yip Man, who was the head of the school of the Wing Chun style of Kung-Fu. I’ll admit I was a punk who went out looking for fights. My buddies and I used chains and pens with knives hidden inside them. If I didn't like a guy, I told him straight to his face, so I had no trouble finding fights. I was well known . . . to the Hong Kong police.

me – When did you win a championship?

Bruce – When I was 18, I won the Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship. Can you believe it? When I wasn’t studying martial arts I was dancing – with girls. I was one hell of a ballroom dancer. I didn’t study much and regularly defied my teachers. Because of my reputation as a fighter and troublemaker and poor grades as well, I was expelled from La Salle.

Then I enrolled at St Francis Xavier where a teacher encouraged me to enter the inter-school boxing championships. I survived the elimination rounds easily and then faced the three-time champion, Gary Elms, from our rival – British King George V High School. I won by a knockout in the third round. I remember being as surprised as Gary. Now I held the 1957 High School Boxing Championship as well as the Crown colony Cha Cha Championship.

me – What made you decide to return to America?

Bruce – That same year there was a challenge to our school from Choy Li Fut, a rival martial arts school, and a fight was arranged. The winner would be whoever could force his opponent over a line. I beat the $%*! out of the other boy and knocked out his tooth. His parents complained to the police, and my mother had to go to the police station and agree to take full responsibility for my actions if they released me in her custody. My parents both agreed that I should exercise my American citizenship rights and return to the U.S. since my college prospects in Hong Kong were poor to none.

This is one of my "cha cha" moves.
This is one of my "cha cha" moves.
Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra

Back in the U.S.A.

me – Where did you live when you returned to the States?

Bruce – I left Hong Kong in April 1959 with $100 in my pocket. Ruby Chow, a friend of my father’s, offered me a room above her Chinese restaurant in Seattle and a full-time job as a waiter. I made a little money on the side teaching dance lessons.

I attended Edison Technical College (now Seattle Central Community College) during the day and worked at Ruby Chow's in the evening. I received my high school diploma from Edison and my grades were good enough to be accepted into the University of Washington.

me – What was your major? Martial arts or ballroom dancing?

Bruce – Very funny. I majored in Philosophy and Drama. I chose Philosophy because I have always enjoyed learning about ancient philosophers like Buddha and Confucius and Rodney Dangerfield. (Just kidding).

And I chose Drama because that major was a babe magnet. I enjoyed watching the rehearsals. “ You can observe a lot by just watching.”

me – Wasn’t that a quote by Yogi Berra, the baseball catcher?

Bruce – Yeah, Yogi got it from me.

Demonstrating one of my moves to my students
Demonstrating one of my moves to my students
Confucius' Mama
Confucius' Mama

Teaching Kung Fu

me – What other jobs did you take to stay solvent?

Bruce – I became a stuffer.

me – A what?

Bruce – A stuffer – I stuffed advertisements into the Seattle Times newspapers. And I started teaching kung fu on the side. I taught my first classes wherever there was a space: in the back alley behind Ruby Chow's, in public parks and, on Sundays, in empty parking garages.

me – When did you open your own King Fu studio?

Bruce – In the fall of 1963, I opened a studio named the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in the University District. Gung Fu is the Cantonese spelling; Kung Fu is Mandarin. I lived in a small room in the back of the studio and charged $22 a month for adults and $17 for teenagers

me – What do you think was special about your style of training?

Bruce – I concentrated on individualized training and spent time with each student to learn exactly what their strengths and weaknesses were. I helped my students gain more self-confidence as well as skills.

me – Speaking of skills, I once met one of your students, and he raved about your incredible talent. He said it was like watching a magician. You were so graceful, quick, and powerful – all at the same time. He watched you take on four guys effortlessly.

Bruce“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”

me – That’s profound, Bruce. Confucius? Buddha?

Bruce – No, they never said that. That's my quote. I said it!

Bruce, Brandon and Linda
Bruce, Brandon and Linda
'Phooey' cartoon in the 70s - bumbling janitor by day; martial arts expert at night
'Phooey' cartoon in the 70s - bumbling janitor by day; martial arts expert at night
I didn't need the knives for this easy fight.
I didn't need the knives for this easy fight.

Marriage

me – How did you meet your wife?

Bruce – In 1963, I was a junior at the University of Washington and Linda Emery was a freshman and one of my Gung Fu students. We began dating but she hid our relationship from her mother. A year later we decided to elope and applied for a marriage license at the courthouse.

Linda’s family learned of our plans since the names of those who apply for marriage licenses are printed in the paper – what a stupid rule. Her relatives tried to talk us out of marrying telling us how difficult life would be as an interracial couple. I learned that Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family . . . in another city.

me – Isn’t that a quote by the comedian, George Burns?

Bruce – George got it from me. Linda’s family even told me that she couldn’t cook!

me –Was that a lie?

Bruce – No, that was true. She couldn’t. But I loved her and we were married in 1964. We moved to Oakland where I opened a second Gung Fu Institute. But there was a small problem with the leaders of the Chinese martial arts community.

me – What was the problem?

Bruce – They objected to my teaching martial arts to non-Chinese students and warned that if I refused to stop teaching other races, I would have to fight their challenger, Wong Jack Man, a Kung Fu Master. If I lost, I would have to either stop teaching non-Chinese students or close my studio.

I agreed to the fight and Wong said, "No hitting in the face. No kicking in the groin." I refused and said "You made the challenge -- so I'm making the rules. No holds barred.”

I began the attack and Wong began to backpedal. I brought him to the floor and asked, “Had enough?” "That's enough," he pleaded. I dragged him to his feet and threw the whole bunch off the premises.

Jeet Kune Do symbo - the arrows represent the endless interaction between yang and yin.
Jeet Kune Do symbo - the arrows represent the endless interaction between yang and yin.
I had to be very careful not to get anyone's blood on my new white silk suit.
I had to be very careful not to get anyone's blood on my new white silk suit.

Jeet Kune Do

me – What is Jeet Kune Do?

Bruce – I created the concept of Jeet Kune Do Kung Fu. It means "The Way of No Way." I began to read everything I could find on martial arts and all forms of combat, as well as philosophy, psychology, and motivation – anything that would help me grow as a martial artist and as a person. The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

me – I thought Buddha said that. (Long pause). Right! He got it from you.

Bruce –My library grew to more than 2,500 books. In Jeet Kune Do, jeet means "to stop or intercept," kune means "fist," and do means "the way or the ultimate reality." My definition of Jeet Kune Do gradually became "The Way of the Intercepting Fist."

Traditional martial arts techniques were much too rigid and formal to be practical for chaotic street fighting. My new system emphasized speed, flexibility and practicality. I advocated weight training, running, stretching, fencing and basic boxing techniques for my students. “Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.”

me – Didn’t Confucius say that?

Bruce – Yes, but he got it from me.

me – What does it mean?

Bruce – (with pained expression on his face) In a fight, you need to move as quickly as possible like a dancer. If someone attacks you, you simply move in using Jeet Kune Do without any deliberation. As you might suspect, this new concept was not met with approval by many  martial arts masters.


Performing two-finger push-up
Performing two-finger push-up
Jay Murray (Green Hornet) and Bruce Lee (Kato)
Jay Murray (Green Hornet) and Bruce Lee (Kato)
Bruce and Brandon
Bruce and Brandon

Hooray for Hollywood

me – How did you get to Hollywood?

Bruce – I gave a martial arts demonstration at a karate tournament in Long Beach, California. Jay Sebring, a celebrity hairdresser, saw me and mentioned my performance to William Dozier, a TV producer. Dozier brought me to LA for a screen test and paid me $1800 to put me under ‘options.’

me – What feats did you perform that made such a positive impression?

Bruce – I did the two finger push-up using just the thumb and the index finger of one hand. I also demonstrated the one-inch punch.

me – What was that?

Bruce – I stood in front of a standing stationary victim, I mean partner, and partly extended my right fist about an inch away from his chest. Without pulling my arm back, I delivered a punch which sent him backwards and falling into a chair placed behind him.

me – That would make an impression on me, too. Good things are beginning to happen for you.

Bruce – Yes, my son, Brandon Lee was born in 1965. I opened my third Gung Fu Institute that year in L.A.'s Chinatown. And William Dozier decided to produce a television series based on the comic book character, “The Green Hornet.” My first major U.S. acting role was as the Hornet’s side-kick, Kato, and my take-home pay was $313 a week. I choreographed the fight scenes and received more fan mail, especially from children, than the star of the show, Van Williams.

I think I got this part because I was the only Oriental actor the producer knew who could properly pronounce the lead character's name, "Britt Reid”. This was not a problem for me since I was fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.

me – You were also fluent in strange animal sounds when you fought. Why did you make those weird sounds and noises when you were fighting?

Bruce – For two reasons: to unnerve my foes and to focus my strength.

Note: In the Mortal Kombat video game, the character, "Liu Kang," was inspired by Bruce complete with the 'animal' noises.


First U.S. movie role in "Marlowe"

A grown up Shannon Lee
A grown up Shannon Lee

Private Lessons

me – Which celebrities did you give private martial arts lessons to?

Bruce – I began teaching Steve McQueen, James Coburn and script writer Sterling Silliphant. Roman Polanski flew me to Switzerland for private lessons. I also began teaching karate experts like Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, and Chuck Norris. During their training with me, they won every karate championship in the United States. Later I taught Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Blake Edwards, James Garner, and Lee Marvin.

Remember when I was charging adults $22 a month for lessons? Now the demand for my private lessons grew so high, my hourly rate soared to $275 per hour. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

me – Is that your quote, Bruce?

Bruce – No, that really was Confucius. In addition to private lessons, I also did guest appearances on Ironside, Blondie, Here Come the Brides, Batman, and Longstreet television shows.

me – I remember a movie where you played a tough guy and performed an unbelievably high kick that broke a ceiling fixture.

Bruce – Thanks for the memory. That was a cameo role in my first Hollywood full-length movie, “Marlowe” (1969). I played a hired killer who destroyed James Garner’s office with my bare hands – and feet. That year was also memorable for me – my daughter, Shannon, was born.

Then I got some work doing fight choreography for several movies. In 1970, I injured my back while training at home. My doctors said I had damaged the fourth sacral nerve and would never fight again. I refused to accept that prognosis, but my injury was severe enough that I spent the next three months in bed, and then three months resting at home and writing books on martial arts. After six months, I began working out again but my back gave me pain throughout the rest of my life.

me – I never saw you break a board with your hands. Have you done that?

Bruce – “There's no challenge in breaking a board. Boards don't hit back.”

me – From Confucius?

Bruce – No, that was me – my own personal quote! (Laughs).

That's not really blood. We used chocolate syrup. Yum!
That's not really blood. We used chocolate syrup. Yum!
My partner Raymond Chow
My partner Raymond Chow

First Hong Kong film - 'The Big Boss"

Return to Hong Kong

Me –What happened when you returned to visit Hong Kong?

Bruce – My father had died and I wanted to bring my mother back to the U.S. to live with me and my family. When I arrived, I discovered I was famous as a television star. My fans surrounded me wherever I went. Re-runs of “The Green Hornet” had been televised with dubbed dialogue under the title, “Kato”. Local paparazzi followed me around for interviews and all the films I had made as a child were being run on Hong Kong’s two TV stations.

Raymond Chow, the owner of Golden Harvest Productions in Hong Kong, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse – $15,000 for two movies. In 1971, I flew to Bangkok to begin filming the leading role in “The Big Boss”. The movie location was in a little village north of Bangkok called Pak Chong. The movie was a smash hit. It broke the previously held box-office record for a film in Hong Kong (The Sound of Music), and was a tremendous success throughout Asia.

me – What happened to your idea for a television program called “The Warrior”?

Bruce The Warrior” was my concept for a TV series that I had discussed with Warner Brothers in LA in 1971. It was rather unique; I would be playing the role of a Shaolin monk in the early wild West. The studio decided to produce the series without me. They didn’t think a Chinese man would be accepted by American audiences and gave the role to David Carradine. They renamed it “Kung Fu”.

In 1972, the second film in my contract, “Fist of Fury,” was released and broke the box office records set previously by “The Big Boss”. The movie was renamed “The Chinese Connection” for the U.S. release.

Note: This video and the one that follows are longer than the others - 9+ minutes. But if you are a fan of Bruce's style and lightning moves, you will relish every choreographed moment.

Return of the Dragon

me – Now that you were a star and fulfilled your contract with Chow what did you do next?

Bruce – I partnered with Chow in a new company, Concord Productions, and began working on scripts for two new films I would write and direct myself: “The Way of the Dragon,” and ”The Game of Death”. “Way of the Dragon” was released in the U.S. in 1972 and renamed “Return of the Dragon”.

Since I was producing the movie, I had a little extra fun with it. I played the drums during part of the movie soundtrack, and starred my own cat in a close-up in the Rome Coliseum fight scene with seven times U.S. karate champion, Chuck Norris.

In this film, I introduced Norris to moviegoers as my opponent in the final death fight which today is considered one of the most memorable fight scenes in martial arts film history.

Note: Jackie Chan was a martial arts extra in several of Bruce's films.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar 7 ft. 2  and Bruce 5 ft. 7
Kareem Abdul Jabbar 7 ft. 2 and Bruce 5 ft. 7

"Game of Death"

Game of Death

me – How did you convince Kareem Abdul Jabbar to appear in your “Game of Death” movie?

Bruce – Kareem, who was a friend, told me he was going to be in Hong Kong so I invited him to be in this new film. I was intrigued with choreographing and shooting a fight scene with an adversary almost two feet taller than me. George Lazenby (one of the ‘James Bond’ actors) would also appear in the film.

My character, Hai Tien, wearing the now-famous bright yellow track suit, would take on a series of different challenges on each floor as he progressed, fighting all the way, through a five-level pagoda.

I followed the precept: "Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own."

me – Confucius quote?

Bruce – No, that is a genuine Bruce Lee quote. I didn’t complete this film though since shooting was stopped after 100 minutes of footage so I could work on another film, “Enter the Dragon.”


"Enter the Dragon"

I'm wearing my "superstar" sunglasses.
I'm wearing my "superstar" sunglasses.
My own quote
My own quote
Pallbearers James Coburn on the left and Steve McQueen on the right
Pallbearers James Coburn on the left and Steve McQueen on the right

Enter the Dragon

me – Why start a new film before completing the previous one?

Bruce – I’m glad you asked. The remarkable success (and profits) of my previous movies had finally come to the attention of Hollywood film executives. This new movie would be the first ever co-produced by the U.S. and Hong Kong film industry.

Warner Brothers financed the film and produced a hastily-written script. John Saxon, a tough guy well-known to movie audiences at the time, would co-star to give the film more ‘Western’ appeal. Warners’ words, not mine.

At the end of the movie there is a show-stopping fight sequence between me and the key villain that takes place in a maze of mirrors. We kicked a lot of gl(ass) in that film. Glass – gl(ass)! Get it?

me – You are in tip-top form, Bruce.

Bruce – I used to keep in shape by performing 50 repetitions of one-arm chin-ups at one time. First the right and then the left. Getting back to the film, shooting was completed in Hong Kong in early 1973. Then all the dialogue in the outdoor scenes had to be dubbed over because of the city’s loud street noise.

Exit the Dragon

me – What happened during one of these dubbing sessions in May 1973?

Bruce – It was hot as Hades in the studio and fans had to be turned off while we were recording. I collapsed and went into convulsions. In the hospital they gave me tests and Manitol to reduce swelling of the brain. That did the trick. The neurosurgeon said blood tests revealed a possible kidney malfunction.

me – That’s scary.

Bruce – Ya think? I flew to L.A. for medical tests and the doctors found absolutely nothing wrong. They said I was as healthy as an 18-year-old. They decided I had suffered a cerebral edema (swelling of the brain) in Hong Kong. While I was in L.A., I appeared on the Johnny Carson show to plug “Enter the Dragon” and then returned to Hong Kong.

On July 20, 1973, I was working again on “The Game of Death” film discussing the script with Raymond Chow and Betty Ting-Pei who would be playing the lead female role in the movie. We were in her apartment. When I complained of a fierce headache, Betty gave me a strong prescription painkiller which contained aspirin and the muscle relaxant, meprobamate. I didn’t feel well so I went into the bedroom to lie down and told Raymond we would meet him later.

Raymond called and asked why we were late meeting him for dinner. Betty told him she couldn't wake me. He came back to the apartment and called a doctor when he could not wake me either. I was taken to the hospital. Despite all efforts to revive me, including heart massage, I passed away. My wife, Linda, agreed to an autopsy.

Note: The only foreign substance found in Bruce’s body was the prescription painkiller. But his brain was very swollen. The autopsy report concluded that the most likely cause of the brain swelling was a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to the aspirin and the meprobamate. His death was ruled as “death by misadventure”.

Epilogue

On July 25, 1973, a funeral ceremony was held in Hong Kong and more than 30,000 people crammed the streets and balconies outside the funeral parlor. Bruce's body was displayed in an open coffin covered with glass. Linda decided to bury Bruce in Seattle because she intended to live there. Most of his relatives were living in the United States by then.

A second funeral was held and Bruce was buried in Lake View Cemetery. His pallbearers included Steve McQueen, Chuck Norris, George Lazenby, and James Coburn who presented the eulogy. "Farewell, Brother. It has been an honor to share this space in time with you. As a friend and a teacher, you have given to me and have brought my physical, spiritual and psychological selves together… Thank you. May peace be with you.”

Linda remained in Seattle for about a year and then returned to Los Angeles, where she worked as an elementary school teacher. Tragically, their son, Brandon Lee died on March 31, 1993, at the age of 28 on the set of “The Crow” (1994), killed by an improperly loaded stunt gun. He is buried next to Bruce.

Bruce Lee's Movies

Year and Film
Role
Notes
1969 Marlowe
Winslow Wong
Bruce's first movie role
1971 The Big Boss
Cheng Chao-an
Also known as Fists of Fury
1972 Fist of Fury
Chen-Zhen
Also known as Chinese Connection
1972 Way of the Dragon
Tang-Lung
Also known as Return of the Dragon
1973 Enter the Dragon
Lee
Released posthumously
1978 Game of Death
Billy Lo
Released posthumously

Footnotes

“Enter the Dragon” premiered on August 24, 1973, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. With this film, Bruce Lee became the "biggest Chinese star in the world," according to his plan. As ‘one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century’ (Time Magazine), he would also become an immortal legend and cultural icon around the world. Sadly, he did not live to experience it.

Game of Death” was released by Raymond Chow in 1978 with a badly disguised look-alike stand-in for its original star and shadowy camera work. The film contained only fifteen minutes of actual footage of Bruce Lee. The unused footage was later included in the documentary, “Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey.”

© Copyright BJ Rakow Ph.D. 2011. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." 

Sources:
Linda Lee, The Bruce Lee Story (Santa Clarita: Ohara Publications, 1989); James Bishop, Remembering Bruce (Los Angeles: Cyclone Books, 1999); John Little, Louis Chunovic, Bruce Lee: The Tao of the Dragon (New York: St Martin's Griffin, 1996)

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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

My husband is a huge Bruce Lee fan - he watches every re-run of 'Enter the Dragon' on television! However I have to admit I didn't know much more about the great legend than all those Bruce Lee jokes. Great hub drbj...you do have the knack of making them talk! :)

PS: Good to see he couldn't get the better of his cat! :D


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twentyfive 5 years ago

Great interview as always. Never learned so much about Bruce Lee till I read your hub. Thumbs up :)


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I remenber going to see "Enter the Dragon" years ago.

It is tragic when a great talent dies so young, especially when he seems to have been a really nice person as well.

Thanks for that moving tribute.


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

Took me back this did. Thanks drbj. Bruce Lee was indeed a legend and you have done him proud with your great writing skills. Heh when I die can I reserve a supernatural interview? LOL


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Drjb, you’re the best of the best. This is truly an excellent presentation. Most excellent is the word. (I should ask Stan what the degrees of comparison for excellent are, seeing that he is the betterer finder of words around here.)

Bruce Lee was beyond all dispute an extraordinary remarkable man - a legend without equal. Thanks for doing the interview with him. I just know you’ve shed some tears because he died so young and apparently unnecessary. Do you think somebody down there had put a spell on the Lee’s?

I voted beautiful, awesome, useful and almost funny too – because you’re amazingly sharp and witty. Call me your biggest fan!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Thank you again for a beautiful history lesson. Bruce Lee is an icon. I'm glad his death was not simply "drugs" as so many are in Hollywood. This another great work of art. Thank you dear!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

Hot stuff once more, Sweetheart :-)

Interesting how this man continues to fascinate us :-)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

drbj, Of course, I remember Bruce Lee quite well. My three boys were always walking around the house imitating him. I thought your interview was excellent you seem to have such good rapport with dead people. It's an amazing skill. Just keep those superpowers working as I'm really enjoying these hubs.


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

A fascinating interview even for someone who was not a fan -- never having much interest in martial arts films. Glad he good rise from the dead and talk to you, drbj. Lynda


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Welcome, Feline Prophet. So your hubby is a Bruce Lee fan? Me, too. I saw all of his films, admired his athletic skill and enjoyed his charismatic acting.

I was so pleased when he asked me to interview him since I was his fan, too.

Next time I watch Enter the Dragon again on TV I will think of you-all.

No one gets the better of a cat who has studied Kung Fu.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, 25. Thanks for the trip here and the thumbs up. I must admit that I never knew all these details about Bruce and his life until I began this interview. He was/is a fascinating fellow.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Christopher. I, too, saw Enter the Dragon when it was first released and enjoyed it so much I had to find the other films he had made previously.

Bruce was as you say "a really nice person," and certainly he and his son died way before their time.

Delighted you enjoyed this tribute to Bruce. He liked it, too.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

I actually have a Bruce Lee film on my Netflix instant que waiting for the time when my husband and daughter have better things to do, and I can grab some popcorn and watch him do his thing!

Martial arts is fascinating to study. Bruce Lee totally rocks! I'm so glad he agreed to do an interview with you. Of course you are the Bawbwa Walters for the deceased!

Your book is going to be a best seller!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

From your "summons" by Bruce Lee to the conclusion, this interview was exceptional...facts, humor and sadness at Bruce Lee's tragically unexpected and premature death. The premature accidental death of his son, Brandon, has the feel of a Shakespearian tragedy of errors. There is not one wasted word in your mesmerizing interview with a man of monumental dedication, discipline and extraordinary abilities. Bravo to you, drbj, and your subject, Bruce Lee!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Watching the video where he holds his body up with one hand is amazing. I was never into Martial Arts, but his ability and strength was remarkable. Your interview was great, Johnny Carson would be proud. Now, on to the next interview. Who will it be?

Cheers


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Another brilliant write. Bruce Lee is my all time favorite martial artist, I watched all his movies growing up. I was a boxer and fought in the Golden Glove welter weight division back in the 60's (dating myself) he he. I got knocked out in the second round. However that did not deter me. Later in life at the ripe old age of 27 lol I joined martial arts.

I studied the art of TaeKwonDo however with my boxing abilities, the Korean instructor taught me street smart martial arts apart from all the fancy high kicks I learned and used in tournaments. Like Bruce Lee when your fighting in the street and taking on more than one person, you have to find the space and grab it and use it quickly. A good street fighter usually can defeat a martial artist who only works out in the dojang or exclusively enters tournaments to show the fancy shyt.

In the street where it counts and could be a matter of life and death, you have to act quickly so low blows are the best and quickest to bring your opponent down. Breaking kneee joints, crotch kicks, pelvis snap kicks will do the work very quickly.

I studied martial arts for 5 years and actually was president of our TaeKwonDo Association for one year, I put on a major open martial arts tournament in my city and brought in the modern day founder of the art. He instructed all the South Korean military the art. He was 86 when he came over and was our honorary guest. I sustained a serious knee injury in a tournament that made me quit, a year after I took up running and ran two 26.5 Marathons, all done before 40 after which to many family responsibilities got in the way and I simply stayed in shape, but no longer any physical martial art or boxing. My days were over, however I sure had great fun and I admire seriously talented martial artists and Bruce was my ICONIC favorite for sure, next would be Chuck Norris.

Great hub, you are my ICONIC writer of the dead, he he..keep em coming. Love ya..and you are a comedian as well, what more can the Saddlerider ask for? lol

BTW..I have to come back and watch the videos, can't wait. Thanks for putting them in, makes your hub even that much more exciting, just like Oscar Wilde..brillian-brilliant-Bravo, tossing you a bouquet of roses, can you smell them. he he...


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, psychicdog. Took you back, I did? My pleasure. I agree, Bruce was and is a legend. Thanks for the 'great writing skills" compliment.

As for the supernatural interviewing request, I'd be happy to do that any time, and you don't have to die to earn it.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martie, my dear. Thank you for the 'most excellent.' Most excellentest would probably be taking it a bit too far. Even Stan would agree.

You are spot on - Bruce was a legend and a remarkable person and athlete and producer and actor. He and his son, Brandon, were both gifted and died much too soon. Some would probably call that bad Karma.

Wow, did you vote all those buttons? You can be my biggest and bestest fan any time. Cheers from the 'amazingly sharp and witty' drbj. I loved those adjectives so much I just had to include them again. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, sweet Micky. No thanks are necessary; it was entirely my pleasure to provide this history lesson.

Bruce is an icon and I wanted to set the record straight about his untimely death. I remember so much unfavorable publicity at the time about drugs being involved.

A 'great work of art,' you say. I salute you, m'dear.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Dimi, sweetie. I blushed when I read the 'hot stuff' comment. Then I realized you were praising the hub!

Yes, Bruce does fascinate us - he was a very special artist in a number of ways.

Dare I say, much like you, Dimi? :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pamela. I knew that anyone with children, especially boys of the right age, would remember Bruce Lee and be trying to imitate his King Fu moves. Even I fell under his martial arts spell.

Thank you for the kind comments. Yes, I have developed a good rapport with the dead. I'm working now on establishing the same good relationships with the living.

I will concentrate on keeping my superpowers working so I can provide more 'undead' interviews for you to read.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Lynda.

I do appreciate your finding this interview fascinating even though you may not have been a fan of those practicing martial arts.

Bruce, however, was special and I am delighted you recognized that. I'm glad he 'rose,' too.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Sue. The Babwa Walters for the deceased? What a delightful cognomen. Thank you.

Yes, martial arts are fascinating and Bruce Lee as the foremost practitioner did totally rock! By all means, watch that Netflix film of his and let me know what you think. Is it Enter the Dragon? That was one of his best. Your hubby and daughter would probably enjoy his Kung Fu moves, too.

When my book is finished, you're down for an autographed copy. Just a slight shipping and handling charge of $30. heh, heh.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Amy. Thank you for your gracious comments ... "facts, humor and sadness" ... I ran the gamut this time, didn't I?

What an intuitive comment - Bruce and Brandon's premature accidental deaths do remind one of a Shakespearean tragedy.

As you pointed out, Bruce had monumental and unequaled dedication, discipline and ability. Well said. And thanks for the bravo and the 'mesmerizing' - love that word. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ruby. Wasn't that an amazing feat of strength in the video. Bruce called it his two finger push up - it was actually one finger ... and his thumb. I do 20 reps every morning ... on each side ... in my dreams. :)

Yes, Bruce's ability and strength were remarkable. Thank you for enjoying the interview.

Johnny Carson? Hmmmmmmm, maybe I'll interview him, too, one day. Who's next? I dunno. But I'll think of someone.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

DRBJ - This is phenomenal! You make it so real! Bruce Lee was, indeed, an icon, but you make him a real person. He certainly made a real mark on many aspects of entertainment and demonstrated what determination and dedication can do when teamed with self-confidence. Amazing character. Thanks for this special inside look.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ken. Thank you for the visit and the 'brilliant write'. Bruce Lee is my all time favorite martial artist, too, and I have seen every one of his movies - most of them more than once. He was just so remarkable.

Now this is an amazing coincidence. My husband was a boxer, too, who fought in the welterweight division of the Golden Gloves in Chicago. He fought for two years and won every fight - even dreamed of turning pro. But one of his friends died in he ring after being punched in the heart and Rocky (my husband) decided that was the end of his ring career. Thank goodness.

As a boxer yourself who learned TaeKwonDo, you were much like Bruce Lee. And you experienced the reality of using what is at hand when involved in street fights. As you stated: "you have to find the space and grab it and use it quickly." In those fights, all is fair including knee, crotch and pelvis kicks. Whatever will do the job.

What a treat that must have been to be so involved in the martial arts - even presenting a tournament with an esteemed practitioner from South Korea.

Marathons, too, You were a serious athlete. When you find time, be sure to watch the video of "Return of the Dragon." It features the entire fight at the end of the film where Bruce vanquishes no less than Chuck Norris. An unbelievably exhilarating piece of work.

Do you enjoy Jackie Chan films, too. He is more comedic but still fun to watch.

Thank you for calling me an iconic writer of the dead - it will be my privilege to continue to do so - and I'll add the comedy ... for you.

Thanks for the two brilliants and the Bravo. The roses are floating around in the cloud but I think I can smell them. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Nellieanna. You are welcome for this inside look at Bruce Lee. Thank you for your comments - especially the "phenomenal." I rate that one right up there with "mesmerizing."

Yes, Bruce Lee is an icon who had amazing self-confidence, discipline, determination and extraordinary ability. Like you, m'luv.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

'Didn't everyone just love Bruce Lee.' That was me not Confusedus or Brucy babe.

It was all that dancing that worked. Why didn't i think of that when i was clonking around those dance halls like a pregnant duck. I could make all the noises, but couldn't fight for toffee. People like Bruce only come along about once every 500 years like Einstein, yourself and Posh Spice. We know he was the source of so much humour either. Bruce Lee he he. All the wannabe Bruces since are pale imitations. Cheers


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

Hiya drbj,

This will interest the Generation X's -(my son's generation). You do get some pretty exclusive interviews.

Voted up and useful (to Gen X)


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

drbj, probably like your husband in Chicago and me in Montreal back in the late 50's-60's our parents felt our energy was being wasted being beaten in the streets, that led us to the ring to hone our fisty cuff skills, although I was not at my best in a ring.

I fought much better in the streets where I could use all my body parts:0) to bring my opponent down, did you say you were married to Rocky? did he not go on to win many a world championship and never be knocked down in the ring, like the raging bull Lamata? he he... I will watch again the scene with Lee and Norris, I remember it well...excellent bar none... Keep rising the status of our dearly departed heros and villians with your writes, they will become classics real soon, best all put together in one book and published. I will gladly pay for an autographed copy and pay the $3.00 shipping charge when you are ready to ship. he he..hugs


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Kindacrazy 5 years ago from Tennessee

What a great write!! Great information, who knew all of this about Bruce Lee? Love your humor!!! You knew, I would.

Will you interview me after I die? Rated Up!


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mysterylady 89 5 years ago from Florida

With your previous interviews I have known at least a little bit. I knew nothing about Bruce Lee, however. Thank you for educating me -- and entertaining me at the same time. Another great hub!


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

as always well done, I amazed how you do this so well.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well actually Martie took the words out of epi-man's mouth which doesn't happen too often - but I was going to say the same thing - you are the best of the best - and you make my hubs look like child's play with crayons - this is world class stuff my friend and should be put into a time capsule for future generations to see how it was done properly with wit, intelligence and imagination!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Keith. Yes everyone did love Bruce Lee. So would Confucius, Buddha and Berra if they had known him.

I'm certain, as you suggest, that all the cha cha dancing helped him in his gung fu moves. I have this marvelous image of you according to your own description - "clonking around dance halls like a pregnant duck." That's a beauty!

I could make all the noises, too, but would be able to defeat only a marshmallow - and that only with assistance. Yes, people like Bruce do only come along about once every 500 years like Einstein and Posh Spice. Thanks a big bunch for making me part of that awesome triumvirate.

Thanks for the visit and the sublime comments my friend.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, backatcha, amillar.

Yes, I do get some exclusive interviews with undead celebrities. Bruce Lee was so well known and admired, I think Boomers, Gen Xs (like your son), Milleniums, and relics like myself will all be interested in knowing more about him.

Thanks for the up, the useful and the visit. You are appreciated.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

It's true, Ken, much like you, boxing was an outlet for Rocky that was acceptable compared to street fighting. He grew up in a tough neighborhood where most of his friends' fathers were part of the local Mafia.

Like Rocky Graziano and Jake LaMotta, he was tough on the outside and a softy on the inside. Remember Robert De Niro as LaMotta in the film, "Raging Bull"? He was terrific!

Yes, do watch that video with Bruce and Chuck - it was one of the most exciting fights I've ever seen in a film.

I am toying with putting all my Interviews in one tome; will keep you apprised. Hugs backatcha, my friend.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, kc. Thanks for the kind words and the up. Delighted you enjoyed all this good stuff about Bruce and my humor. Did I know that you would? You betcha.

It would be my pleasure to interview you any time, but for now, just stick around. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

What a privilege it is, mysterylady, to introduce you to Bruce Lee. It has been my great pleasure to educate and entertain you regarding Bruce, his life and his martial arts and acting accomplishments.

Bruce thanks you and I thank you for your kind comments.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Becca. It is always my pleasure to have you stop by in between your writing all those amazing how to make money with Google Adsense on Hubpages articles. Thank you, m'dear, for the 'always well done'. Isn't that what I always say about you? :)


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A splendid work and I love reading it. Thank you, drbj, for the hard work


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

I hope you enjoyed your chat with him (Bruce Lee)


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I never really knew Bruce's whole story until now, although I have seen and promoted almost all of his films. Well done doc.I love the way you interject the humor!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Colin ... so Martie took the words out of your mouth.. is that sanitary? Forgive me, I couldn't resist that. The debbil made me do it.

To be called the best of the best is the epitome of laudatory comments. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And the rest of your comments are just as sublime. World class? Put into a time capsule? ...wit, intelligence and imagination? You have made my cup of gratitude runneth over.

All comments absolutely true of course, with one exception, Epi. Your hubs could never ever look like child's play - with or without crayons. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Hanna - Thanks for loving this hub and reading all about Bruce Lee. He thanks you, too. No thanks is needed for the research - I enjoyed every minute. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

It's nice to meet you, crystolite, hope you enjoyed reading about Bruce as much as I enjoyed chatting with him.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Just like you, Hillary, I didn't know Bruce's whole story until I finished the research about his too short life. I had admired his skills from his films but knew little about his personal life.

Thank you for loving my interjection of humor. Biographies (interviews) - from my point of view - are so much more interesting for the reader (and the writer) if you can find something to chuckle or laugh about.


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richbianchi 5 years ago

Okay you are just awesome! I consider Bruce Lee my master in a sense. I follow the philosophy of Jeet Kune Do to the T because it is over 9000% accurate! I shouldn't really say that because the truth is that Akira Toriyama wanted that quote from DBZ to be over 8000 and was actually a mistranslation. Anyhow I really think Sigung Bruce was outstanding! Cut the fat from the steak I always say! That's the Tao of Jeet Kun do! :3

Try to make sense of that, probably seems like code unless you know what the heck I said that for.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

It's a pleasure to meet you, richbianchi, and I do appreciate your comments as a genuine follower of Jeet Kune Do.

I like your statement, "Cut the fat from the steak." That does sum up Bruce's philosophy of martial arts. And it isn't code at all; I do understand. Thanks for visiting to a fellow Bruce Lee admirer.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

drbj, this is an awesome interview, delivered with panache and humour and crammed full of information nuggets. You are a master at this writing- knowing exactly how much to put in and yet retaining the personality of the one who you are interviewing.

My Dad was a big Bruce Lee fan and I got taken to all his films dubbed or otherwise and will never forget the climax of Enter the Dragon... I, like many others, joined kung fu classes after the popularity of Bruce Lee and his magnetism.... Heee- yaaa!

I love this and am going to devour the whole series. You should get this published , soon. What a phenomenal concept... love it!


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Definitely another work of art, BJ - love Bruce Lee and I disagree...I think his hair was just as 'fun' as Justin Bieber! Love your remarkable ability to bring the dead back to life for us all.


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore

drbj, I'm not so familiar with Bruce Lee, though of course I'd heard of him...but after reading this I think I'm a fan. Such a tragedy though, to have died too young...both he and his son. Well, they burned brightly while they were alive.

BTW...I love the George Burns quote.


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sheila b. 5 years ago

Great interview. And so interesting how it came about. Do you think if you went to the Bull and Bear pub, where there's a picture of Shakespeare on the wall, he'd talk to you? I'd certainly like him to put an end to all of the nonsense about who really wrote in his name.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Docmo, for those awesome comments - I couldn't have written more fulsome praise if I had composed them myself. "Panache, humour and information nuggets?" You are most generous, sir.

And thanks also for recognizing that I do try to avoid overriding the personality of the celebrity I am 'interviewing.'

I think the unbelievable fight scenes between Bruce and Chuck Norris in 'Enter the Dragon,' made Bruce Lee believers out of many people. It was difficult not to be impressed by his skill and charisma, animal noises and all. I see you have been practicing the latter.

Thanks again for visiting and loving the concept. Me, too.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Audrey, for the 'work of art' comment. It's always a pleasure to hear from you from way out in pine tree country.

Just wondering - how do you know how 'fun' Justin Bieber's hair is? Huh? Huh? Should Bob be worrying?

Some folks are masters at the ability to make us laugh at their escapades and adventures like you, m'luv. And others, like me, just have to be content with the remarkable, supernatural ability to bring the dead to life. It's just the way the cookie (and the coffin) crumbles!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm not surprised that you are now a Bruce Lee fan, Jane. He was very talented in so many ways.

It was a tragedy - some consider it really bad Karma - that he died much too soon and so did his beloved son, Brandon.

But just as you noted, "they burned brightly while they were alive" and we have Bruce's books and films to remember him by. Thank you.

I love George's quote, too. Maybe I'll try to dig him up! :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, sheila. Thanks for visiting and enjoying this interview.

That was a great idea of yours. Old Will Shakespeare could very well be hanging around (in spirit, that is) in the Bull and Bear Pub. I, too, would like to get the straight dope about the origin of his works. A visit to the Old Vic might occur in the future.


Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

I enjoyed this interview so much that I took extra time on my lunch to read it! Very well done. Now I must return to work without having the opportunity to watch the vids. I'll be back!


TattoGuy 5 years ago

"At the cemetery – everyone is dying to get in"

Ahhh the old jokes are the best, awesome hub my friend about one of my favourite legends. I used to have a huge Bruce Lee poster in my bedroom, the guy was just amazing, weird that his son also died at a young age, only 28.

Perhaps you could do my other favourite Legend, James Dean ??


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Duchess, for taking time from your lunch to read about Bruce. That my dear, is the ultimate in comments. I appreciate it. And do come back - you WILL enjoy the videos. Promise! :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Art - the man of a 1,000 faces - well a dozen at least. Yes, Bruce Lee was amazing as a martial arts legend and actor. He is definitely missed. Hope you saved the poster - it could be worth a fortune on ebay.

Brandon seemed to have his father's talent and charisma, too, so it is doubly sad that he died so young.

James Dean, eh? Thinking about it!


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Bruce Lee was one of my Idols when I was growing up.The passing years seem to add to his growing fame and stature. Back then when he first hit the silver screen. Hollywood's stereotyping of the Chinese or asian was either the hired help (like his role as Kato in the green hornet),the evil Fu Manchu or a bungling fool as portrayed once by Mickey Rooney.Bruce Lee change all that. But it was not only Chinese or Asians who identified with him. His character's portrayal of the abused and downtrodden triumphing against the mighty and powerful had a universal appeal.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

What an incisive, impressive comment, SilentReed. Thank you. Yes, Bruce Lee did make a powerful difference with his films by showing the world the power and wisdom of Chinese and Asian people.

I remember a film, long, long ago with an actor, Sidney Oland as Charlie Chan, the detective, and his number one son was portrayed as his foolish, bumbling heir. Disgraceful!

You mentioned Bruce as Kato in the Green Hornet and it was interesting at that time that Bruce was far more popular than the lead of the show, the Hornet.

Bruce was and is, in my estimation, an icon we will long remember.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

This should permanently be ranked at 100. Super Duper Awesome Hub!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

What an intelligent, discerning, discriminating person you are, Wesman, to recognize the "100" score worthiness of this hub. Thank you, thank you for the super duper and awesome. Now who should I tell at Hubpages?


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

Wow - The things we learn! I had no idea you were a Bruce Lee fan!! I really hated the way the press/tabloids said bad things about him regarding his death. I had been such a huge fan and though I didn't know nearly enough about him, I felt that the things that were said were very untrue!

We watched his movies so much when my boys were young, my youngest felt that one day he would be like Bruce Lee! He could even do that cool back thing, where his back would get really wide... Too cool!

Ummm, I didn't know Bruce Lee wasn't the Green Hornet either!! LOL I knew his name was Kato, but heck I thought he was The Green Hornet too!! Too funny!

I really think he brought a lot to the screen, I loved some of the faces he made, particularly when he knew his opponent wasn't worthy!

I agree with Wesman - Terrific Hub, and Super Dooper fantastic subject!!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

You didn't know, susie, I was a Bruce Lee fan? As well as a fan of Oscar Wilde? And Betty White? et cetera? Well I yam - ever since I watched his first movie and saw him defeat a horde of enemies with just his fists and feet. What a cool hero! No wonder your boys enjoyed his moves.

Can you son still do that "back thing"?

Funny remark you made - you thought Bruce was the Green Hornet. Not surprising though - he was the one who knew how to fight! And the faces he made and the weird voices were often hilarious.

Thank you for the "terrific" and for enjoying this super dooper fantastic interview. I enjoy hearing from you.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

As you know, I would have to call him to ask... He was very sated from a LARGE bowl of ice cream and in the midst of a stretch... His answer "umm, I don't know probably if I tried"... I'm thinking he'd have to lose just a couple of pounds to get the proper effect.

As a young man he played in football (center), he'd come home after working out and want me to rub his shoulders. It took two of my hands to span across the top, they were so wide. And his back, well it was about 24 inches or more across. His nick name... 'Stump' cause he was short and squat like a tree stump... A solid block of muscle he was in those days... Now... not so much... hehehe


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for checking that out, susie. Back moves or not, your sweet muscled grown-up son is still your lovable youngest child! God bless you both.


RJH 5 years ago

another awesome article :) my dad recorded this documentary on him from like the 80s. We still watch it and its pretty sweet. He was actually quite handsome haha! Nice job!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you RJH - especially since you call my articles awesome. We are SO alike! You are spot on - Bruce was not only talented; he was very wholesome-looking and attractive. Thanks, too, for the 'nice job.'


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I'm a big Bruce Lee fan and I feel you've tapped into his prospective very nicely. He is a great not soon to be forgotten, Great interview with Bruce Lee, you too must be a fan. :) Katie


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, katie, like you I am a BIG fan of Bruce Lee and his entertaining films. I enjoy Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies, too, but Bruce paved the way and was one of the most amazing athletes to watch in martial arts action.

Thank you for liking this interview. Abrazos - stronger than just hugs.


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Wrath Warbone 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Fascinating, and well written. Thanks.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Wrath, for visiting and the 'fascinating' and 'well written.' You're my kind of fan. But no thanks, you know, are necessary. It was entirely my pleasure.


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Tamila Roberts 5 years ago from Canada

Bruce lee is quite a legend. Probably going to go on for many centuries. Nice hub good work!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

It's a pleasure to meet you, Tamila. Thank you for visiting. Yes, Bruce Lee is a legend that will never die. He was definitely one of a kind and deserves to be remembered. Thanks for the kind comments.


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Fascinating interview drbj, I knew a few things about Bruce Lee since I had seen the Bruce Lee Story a couple of years ago, but after reading this interview I realized that there is a lot I didn't know about this great martial arts master and philosopher. You also cleared up a myth, I thought his some Brandon Lee died at 32 like his father, but it seems that was just a legend. Fabulous work, rated it up.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for finding this interview, Internetwriter, and finding it fascinating. Bruce Lee was an icon and an exceptional role model.

The myth that his son died at 32 also was probably promulgated to "sell more papers." But Brandon was only a young 28 when he was accidentally killed while making a film.

Thank you for the fabulous and the up.


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

This was the absolute best hub...excuse me, interview that I've ever read on Bruce Lee.

When I was younger, there was a show that came on TV every Saturday, called "Kung Fu Theater". My brothers and I were always excited when a Bruce Lee film aired.

I've learned more about Bruce Lee in this interview than anything else I ever read or heard. I didn't particulary care for any other when it came to martial arts; not even Chuch Norris.

I would pay for that later in life because Chuck Norris would have a show called "Walker Texas Ranger". My Grandmother LOVED that show, and I LOVED my Grandma, so I watched that show every Saturday night with her...@#$% you Chuck Norris!

drbj...I'm so glad you found me! -Muva


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wako-wka 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany

Now, I know how Bruce got Kareem Abdul Jabbar to play in Enter the Dragon. This was one hell of a crazy fight choreography.


beantney 4 years ago

bruce lee is hard working guy. we love hive..............


backoo 4 years ago

Great job on the "interview"!!


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

Bruce will always be the man. Bruce's daughter, Shannon, actually has a site dedicated to him, and a Vlog channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/BruceLeeOfficialPage There you'll find things from his dancing, his workouts, footage, and even his poetry.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Fascinating! I've seen only a few of his things...most are so violent I have to cover my eyes...but he could do astounding things and was a true innovator.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! Another great hub drbj! I´m a fan of Bruce Lee. I used to go to the cinema in the 70´s just to witness his awesome kung fu fights. It was always a great enjoyment for me.

It ´s fascinating how you create a humorous enterviews of popular dead people. Thumbs up and shared here and in FB.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, muva, for enjoying my Bruce Lee interview. I'm glad I found you, too.

I, too, was more of a Bruce Lee fan that Chuck Norris and Bruce gave Chuck a 'whupping' in 'Enter the Dragon.' He had to - Chuck played the role of a villain.

How sweet and caring of you to watch a TV show with Chuck that you didn't particularly care for because your grandmother loved it. You will be rewarded for that . . . one day.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, wako-wka. Kareem was a personal friend of Bruce and in Hong Kong at the same time Bruce was shooting that film. You are spot on - their fight scenes in the movie were brilliant 'choreography.' Thanks for the visit.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, beantme. You are so right. Bruce Lee put his 'all' into every film he made and particularly the fight scenes. I loved him, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, backoo, for the visit and enjoying the interview. Bruce thanks you, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, shin_rocka04. You betcha. Bruce will ALWAYS be the man. He was a very special person. Thank you for the visit and the URL of his daughter's site.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, molly. You described Bruce perfectly - he could do astounding things with his physical talent, and there is no doubt that he was a true innovator. Thank you for visiting and finding this fascinating.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

So you are a Bruce Lee fan, too, Thelma? Welcome to the club. His fighting style was always remarkable to watch. He was one of a kind.

Thank you for being fascinated by my 'humorous enterviews of popular dead people.' And for the thumbs up and sharing on FB. You are a Hubbuddy.


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SoManyPaths 4 years ago from West Coast USA

I have always loved Bruce Lee. I still have his movies on DVD and still they are some of the best, better than today's stuff. especially, Enter the Dragon. Thanks


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, SoManyPaths. We both share a love and admiration for Bruce Lee, his amazing athletic ability, and his exciting movies. I agree, 'Enter the Dragon' was one of his best. You are fortunate to have his films on DVD.


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Arielqiao 3 years ago

It seems every Chinese know Bruce Lee. However, it is really a pity that I only see a few movies starred by him.


hazrad 3 years ago

"I was a child star like Justin Bieber but without such lovable hair" Um....Bruce Lee died in 1973 so how would he know who Justin Bieber is if he wasn't born until 1994....


geomia 3 years ago

I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what you've got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. You've got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better? check it out


John 3:16 2 years ago

How do you know if it was really Bruce Lee? Is it not possible for spirits to lie? Do you just trust anything a spirit says?


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drbj 9 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Arielqiao. Bruce Lee starred in about 20 films made in Hong Kong before he became a movie star in the U.S. and starred in 6 movies. He left us much too soon.


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drbj 9 months ago from south Florida Author

Good point, Hazrad, but if I was really able to interview Bruce Lee at this point, he might be aware of events that transpired since his passing. Would you agree?


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drbj 9 months ago from south Florida Author

Hello, geomia. Thanks for your advice about content. But with more than 4700 words in this Hub, I think I may have 'covered the waterfront.' Nice to meet you.


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drbj 9 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, John. Of course it was Bruce Lee. Would I lie to you? No, I would not trust anything a spirit might say but in this case, my friend, the spirit ... was me.

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