15 Reasons Why Jackie Chan And Bruce Lee Are Epic

Posted Jun 05, by Val Liarikos

Bruce Lee could snatch a dime off a person's open palm and leave a penny behind, all this before they could close it.

Other interesting facts about Bruce Lee’s amazing physical accomplishments include: 

  • Bruce Lee could land a punch in around five hundredths of a second (0.05 second) from 3 feet away, and from 5 feet away it was around eight hundredths of a second (0.08 second). 
  • Lee could take in one arm a 75 lb barbell from a standing position with the barbell held flush against his chest and slowly stick his arms out locking them, holding the barbell there for several seconds. 
  • Lee could perform one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger. Lee performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups. 
  • Lee could cause a 300-lb (136.08 kg) bag to fly towards and thump the ceiling with a sidekick. 
  • Lee could hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer. 
  • Lee performed a sidekick while training with James Coburn and broke a 150 lb (68 kg) punching bag. 
  • In a move that has been dubbed "Dragon Flag", Lee could perform leg lifts with only his shoulder blades resting on the edge of a bench and suspend his legs and torso horizontal midair.
  • Bruce Lee was able to jump 8 feet from a stand still (this was shown in pictures and his films such as the one where he kicked the lightbulb out). 
  • Lee could break wooden boards 6 inches (15 cm) thick. 
  • Lee could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks. - Witnessed by many such as Joe Hyams 
  • Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened cans of Coca-Cola. (This was when soft drinks cans were made of steel much thicker than today's aluminum cans). 

His accomplishments almost sound as impressive as Chuck Norris jokes. Who do you think would win between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris? Watch the video if you want to see how Bruce Lee used to light matches.

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Jackie Chan once shot over 2900 retakes for one scene.

 

You probably know just how famous Jackie Chan is for his stunts and action career. You might also remember that not long after his 100th movie came out, he announced he was going to start moving away from action movies to focus on more dramatic roles.

Jackie Chan has had his own team (cleverly called the Jackie Chan Stunt Team) who have helped choreograph his stunts throughout the years following 1983. Because Chan’s stunt work, it’s actually been really difficult for him to get any health insurance in the United States.

In addition to his record for the most stunts performed by one actor, he also holds the record for the most takes of one shot for one film. He shot over 2900 retakes for a scene involving a Jianzi game in the movie Dragon Lord. The rather lengthy scene can be seen here.

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Jackie Chan provided the singing and speaking voice for the Chinese versions of Beauty and the Beast!

Who would have guessed that the famed martial artist could sing? He also sings in the Chinese edition for Mulan! Here are some other interesting facts about Jackie Chan:

• He has a fan club with over 10,000 members.
• One of the fans, a young girl, killed herself after discovering that Chan was married.
• He is best friends with Sylvester Stallone.
• The hardest thing for Chan when it comes to acting is speaking in English. He says speaking English is harder than doing most of his stunts.

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Jackie Chan got his start in pornography.

You really can’t make this stuff up. In the 70’s, Jackie Chan played a lewd rickshaw driver in the pornographic “classic” known as All in the Family. All in the Family was a Hong Kong based pornographic comedy. 

Now that Jackie Chan has retired from action movies and is moving to become a more dramatic actor, you might think he’d consider this kind of a blemish on his career. But it turns out he claims he has no regrets about it. 

Jackie Chan isn’t alone in getting his start from not so family oriented means, though. David Duchovny has a past very similar to Chan’s, having also starred in a porn series before his X-Files days. Cameron Diaz once had a sex tape, which, unlike Chan, she has spent years trying to block the distribution of. 

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also doesn’t have a perfectly clean record. Before he was the Terminator and before he was Mr Olympia, he posed in his birthday suit for a gay magazine. Prior to his days as Joey Tribbiani on the show Friends, Matt LeBlanc starred in an early 90’s adult series, similar to Chan and Duchovny. 

Probably most strange of all is Sylvester Stallone, who starred in a 1970 pornographic film which he was paid $200 for. The film gained a large degree of notoriety after Stallone’s success in the Rocky and Rambo films. 

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Jackie Chan DISLOCATED HIS PELVIS while shooting the movie \"Police Story\". This injury is almost unheard of.

Chan was filming a scene in which he slides down a pole in a shopping mall. He ended up cracking his seventh and eighth vertebrae and dislocating his pelvis (which was previously thought impossible)!

During that same scene he also received burns on his hands from the Christmas tree lights.

He was also found not breathing after a stunt where flips over the balcony and crashes through the glass and light display. He had to go to the hospital for that, too.

The producers used stunt \"sugar glass\" which is twice as thick as ordinary stunt glass. Unfortunately this also led to a higher injury rate among stuntpeople. They used so much of it, the crew started referring to the film as \"Glass Story\".

Cracked has a color-coded map) that details all of Jackie Chan\'s injuries. (Surprise! It\'s most of his body).

Here\'s a scene from \"Police Story\". See if you can count how often people get thrown through glass.



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Jackie Chan has a permanent hole in his head.

While filming a stunt for the movie Armour of God, Chan fell headfirst from a castle onto rocky ground! A piece of his skull fractured and caused a brain hemorrhage! After eight hours of surgery, doctors were able to stop the bleeding, but Jackie has been left with a lasting reminder - a plastic plug in his skull!

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The Pokemon Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are based off of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

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In 1962, Bruce Lee landed 15 punches and a kick that knocked out his opponent in a fight that lasted 11 seconds!

Lee was challenged by a man who had a grudge against him in 1962 at a YMCA in Seattle. After being pushed and provoked for months, Lee finally agreed to fight the man who did karate and had a blackbelt in judo. The fight would be three two-minute rounds, with the winner being the one who knocked his opponent down our out in two of the three rounds.

They met at the handball court at the YMCA with Jesse Glover as the referee and Ed Hart as the time keeper. Lee strode into the fight wearing street clothes and held a Wing Chun stance. His opponent arrived in a keikogi, or fighting uniform, and held a karate stance. Lee deflected an initial kick with his right forearm and simultaneously punched the man in the face with his left hand. 

He deflected a couple more punches and landed several of his own until he had the man pinned against the wall. The man tried to grab Lee’s arm, but instead he got double fist punch to the chest and face by Lee and then a kick to the nose. The man’s nose started bleeding and got knocked out by the kick, and Glover stopped the fight. Ed Hart said the fight lasted exactly 11 seconds long and Lee got 15 punches and a kick in. They thought he’d killed the man. 

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Jackie Chan hates the Rush Hour movies!

In his blog, Chan had this to say about the Rush Hour films, “When we finished filming, I felt very disappointed because it was a movie I didn’t appreciate and I did not like the action scenes involved. I felt the style of action was too Americanized and I didn’t understand the American humor.” 

He said he had made the sequel, because he was offered an “irresistible” amount of money for it and the third one he did for the fans of the series. It is pretty rare to hear actors admit they don’t enjoy their projects, especially when they are doing all their own fight scenes and stunts like Chan does. 

Chris Tucker must have caught wind of the money Chan was making from the films, because in the third film, Tucker asked to be paid a crazy amount of money. What do you think of the Rush Hour films? 

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Bruce Lee's name was given to him by a nurse.

Lee was born in San Francisco while his father was on a year-long American tour with the Cantonese Opera Company of Hong Kong. His Cantonese birth name was actually Lee Jun-Fan, which literally translates to "return again." His mother chose this name because she felt her son would eventually return to the States after they moved back to Hong Kong. One of the nurses at the hospital suggested the American name "Bruce," but Lee wasn't referred to by this name until several years later when he was in college!

Oddly enough, Lee was referred to by a girl's name during his childhood! His parents called him 'Sai Fon,' which means "small phoenix." They did so out of a superstitious Chinese tradition. The Lees had lost their first son, so they referred to all future male children with feminine names in order to confuse any spirits who might be stealing the souls of their boys.

You can read excerpts from The Bruce Lee Story at google books.

Bruce Lee did beat Chuck Norris! Well, only in the big screen.

There were some reports that Chuck Norris once said that he thought he’d be no match against Bruce Lee. The truth is that Bruce Lee never fought professionally. However, he and Chuck Norris sparred consistently and developed a friendship.

 

At some point, Bruce Lee convinced Chuck Norris to be defeated on screen. Norris agreed, and that was the reason those reports were created. In fact, Norris praised Lee’s abilities and his charisma. He thought that Bruce Lee would have become a world champion if he had fought professionally..

 

Lee was praised for his abilities and techniques. For example, when they filmed his movies they would have to slow down the scene because of how fast he moved.

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Bruce Lee's corpse “acted” in his final movie.

 

On July 20, 1973, Lee had been working on a film called Game of Death. While attending a dinner, he began to have headaches. He took a painkiller that he was allergic to, and died the next morning. At this time, the filming of Game of Death was only partially finished. The movie's producers decided to use the pieces of the film already shot, and combine them with new footage of other actors. 
To explain this, the producers filmed at Bruce Lee's actual funeral, to write into the story that he faked his death. That way, all of the fill ins would have a logical reason to wear disguises, still maintaining the impression it was the same character. In addition, to make the death credible, they set up a scene with a cardboard cutout of Bruce Lee glued to a mirror. Even crazier, the producers made a SEQUEL starring Bruce Lee, using more unused footage.
The new \"Karate Kid\" movie doesn\'t have any Karate in it. It\'s actually about Kung-Fu.

Karate is a Japanese martial art. However, the new remake of The Karate Kid is set in China and features Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan in a role similar to the \"Mr. Miyagi\" character from the original movie. Hence, they use Kung Fu instead of Karate. Despite these differences, it is still a remake, so it has the same name, even though the setting is different and it focuses on a completely different martial art.
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The song "Kung Fu Fighting" only took ten minutes to record.

In 1974, Indian-born producer Biddu needed someone to record the song "I Want to Give You My Everything," so he contacted vocalist Carl Douglas. The single needed a quick and easy B-side, so Biddu composed a melody and Douglas provided some lyrics. The B-side was based on the martial arts craze that had been sweeping the nation. This fad was due to hits such as the David Carradine TV show Kung Fu and the film Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee. After cobbling together a quick recording, the record company insisted that "Kung Fu Fighting" be switched to the A-side of the single. This proved to be quite a shrewd decision - selling over 9 million copies, the song became a #1 single worldwide and made Carl Douglas an overnight sensation!
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