“Was Honored to Have Been Hit by Bruce Lee!”: Despite Getting Bashed by the Martial Arts Legend, Jackie Chan Had a Fanboy Moment, Revealed in His Autobiography

Published 11/23/2022, 8:45 AM EST

Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are two of the biggest names when someone talks about martial arts. These two have taken this art to an extraordinary level. However, the first one to take martial arts into the world of movies was Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was an American-born actor who grew up in Hong Kong and made martial arts movies popular.

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On the other hand, Jackie Chan was a stuntman when he began his career. He used to do martial art stunts in movies. In his memoir, ‘Never Grow Up’, Jackie Chan revealed an incident from “Enter The Dragon”, a movie where he played an extra that he cherishes forever.

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Jackie Chan lived his moments between the struggles

Jackie Chan was just a child when he started working. He had tough times when he began his career as a stuntman. Moreover, he used to work as a stuntman and an extra in movies. Chan was himself a huge fan and admirer of Bruce Lee. In his memoir, he made it clear in chapter nine how special was Bruce Lee to him.

Between all the hard times, when he was not paid well and regularly. Or having to protest to get their rights, Chan lived his moments in bits. Chan wrote“It was a grind, but this period of my life did have its moments. In 1973, I was an extra in the film Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee.” 

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Chan continued, In one scene, he bashed me in the head with a stick, striking me much harder than he meant to and knocking me to the ground. It hurt, but I was honored to have been hit by Bruce Lee! Afterwards, he apologized effusively, told me I was doing a great job and that I was very brave. It was an incredible moment for a young kung fu artist, and one I will never forget.

Jackie Chan’s journey into the movies

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Bruce Lee came from an artistic family, where his father was a part-time actor and an opera singer. However, Jackie Chan began his journey as a child actor and a stuntman. After the death of Bruce Lee in 1973, the filmmakers were in search of an actor who could fill the void. And in 1976-77, Lo Wei gave him an opportunity in movies

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Jackie Chan attends the UK Film Premiere of The Karate Kid at Odeon Leicester Square on July 15, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

From there, Chan began his journey as lead and gradually took over the world cinema with his incredulous action. He did some unbelievable stunts in his movies and has had a near-death experience several times where he was severely injured. However, in 1990, Chan finally broke into the American market. And he continued to stun everybody with his action and art.

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Jackie Chan had a painful experience with Lee but still cherished it happily. Did you experience anything that might have been uncomfortable, but you remember it with joy? Let us know in the comments.

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Kaivalya R Pillai

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Dr. Kaivalya R Pillai is a US Sports author working at EssentiallySports. An accomplished academician, he recently completed his doctorate degree in pharmacy.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa

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