Bruce Lee’s Lost Interview

Bruce Lee’s act­ing career began on tele­vi­sion in 1966, when he land­ed a part in The Green Hor­net. (Watch his amaz­ing audi­tion here). But it took anoth­er five years before he gave his first (and only) tele­vi­sion inter­view. For 25 min­utes in Decem­ber 1971, the mar­tial arts star sat down with Pierre Berton, a Cana­di­an jour­nal­ist, in Hong Kong. And their con­ver­sa­tion cov­ered a fair amount of ground – Lee’s suc­cess star­ring in Man­darin films .… despite only speak­ing Can­tonese; his dif­fi­cul­ty devel­op­ing a career in a coun­try still hos­tile toward Chi­na; and his work train­ing oth­er Hol­ly­wood stars in the mar­tial arts. Berton prob­a­bly nev­er scored many points for his inter­view­ing style. But Berton is not the point here. It’s all about Lee. via Brain­Pick­ings

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  • Dr. Derrick says:

    Great inter­view. Thanks for post­ing it.

  • Captain wada says:

    Bruce lee DID NOT invent the con­cept of mixed mar­tial com­bat that was invent­ed in ancient Greece. He is NOT the father of any­thing new at all except excep­tion­al cock­i­ness. Pick­ing out the flaws in oth­er styles defines his arro­gance and lack of nation­al­is­tic belief. After all each style belongs to a par­tic­u­lar coun­try.
    But He defines him­self as a “Human being” (not Chi­nese) just 60s code words for “BE anti nation­al­is­tic”.
    I don’t buy any of this sweet­er than pie one world order con­cept inter­view.

  • Elilia says:

    Bruce Lee’s Way of inter­cept­ing with the hand JDK was his way.
    Cau­casian inter­pre­ta­tion of mixed mar­tial arts box­ing & wrestling aside, wing chun/gong fu/everything man­darin & can­tonese shaolin was Bruce Lee be like water JDK phi­los­o­phy.
    Any­thing else said is mean spir­it­ed.

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