Bruce Lee recognized his stuntman Jackie Chan on the street, then followed him to a bowling alley.
Normally it wouldn’t be a big deal to hear someone admit they can’t swim. To hear it come from Hayden Szeto, though, is surprising, considering some of the most memorable moments in his breakout film, The Edge of Seventeen, take place in a swimming pool. “They had SCUBA divers underneath to push me up,” Szeto told Yahoo Movies during a speed round of 15 get-to-know-you questions we call, well… 15 Questions.
Anger is brewing over a new Bruce Lee biopic which buries the martial arts legend in the supporting cast, while making a starring role of a caucasian character instead. ‘Birth of the Dragon’ debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last month, and now Bruce Lee fans are slowly finding their way to screenings.
To be clear, Mads Mikkelsen’s crack-eyed Kaecilius in Marvel’s upcoming mythical actioner Doctor Strange is not a good guy. A disciple of the Baron Mordo (played in the film by Chiwetel Ejiofor), Kaecilius wasn’t all that well developed in the comics, but we do know he did his evil master’s bidding, and will be making life extra tough for Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular superhero. Mikkelsen says his inspiration for the part, however, is one of cinema’s most revered good guys of all time: late martial arts icon and movie star Bruce Lee.
Myth, rumour and innuendo come hand-in-hand when an actor dies tragically young. But in the case of Bruce Lee, who died at the peak of his career aged just 32, this is unusually amplified, perhaps because he appeared so physically, indomitably fit.