Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are arguably the two biggest martial arts stars in the world but rarely got to work together.
With the release of “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” this summer, Lee once again became vastly talked about although mostly because of Quentin Tarantino’s portrayal of him as cocky.
“Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy,” Tarantino told the press after Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee slammed the famed director. “The way he was talking, I didn’t just make a lot of that up. I heard him say things like that to that effect. If people are saying, ‘Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali,’ well, yeah, he did. All right? Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. She absolutely said that.”
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In a recent video from Chan, he recalls the first time he worked with the icon on the set of “Enter The Dragon” which made Lee an international star while Chan starred as “Thug in Prison”.
“I just wanted Bruce Lee to hold me for as long as possible,” the “Shanghai Noon” actor said. He spoke about how the stunt scene went wrong and Lee accidentally hit him in the side of the head with the stick causing him to temporarily lose his vision.
Yet, as soon the director yelled “cut”, Lee dropped everything and ran over to Chan to make sure he was alright.
The two never had any major collaborations, but Chan did work with Lee as a stuntman on a collection of films.