The transcript below is from the video “Jackie Chan’s Early Role with Bruce Lee” by Oscars.

Oscars (Official YouTube Channel of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for reliving favorite Oscar moments):

Jackie Chan talks about his early career including a role in “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee at “An Academy Salute to Jackie Chan” on June 3, 2013 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Hosted by Geoff Boucher.

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer): 

When I look at these days, wow, stunts were so easy.  Really, I’m talking sometimes I think about my old days, so stupid.  Why I jumped the building?  Like this day, when I watch like Spider-Man and Superman and Iron Man… Wow, just, I’d rather…  I’m Jackie Chan born in the U.S. and the U.S. stars… So easy!  Really!  Just every time I watch the Spider-Man, you so… and cut and cartoon, cartoon, cartoon, cartoon and come back!  I said, “Wow!”  Right?!

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer): 

Just like the Iron Man….  The old days, we’d have to do everything our self.  You have to jump that high, you come and break your ankle or you break your finger, and you have to say nothing.  “Yeah, I’m okay,” then…  Yeah, what can you do?  If you get hurt…  If you get hurt, you just like, you never come to work again.  Like Enter the Dragon, I fight with Bruce Lee.  Badda Boom!  One stick right here.  I just poom, lie down.

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer): 

Then I lie down, I see Bruce Lee like this turn around and cut!  He just throw the two sticks, run!  There’s so many stuntmen.  He just run to me and pull me up, “I’m sorry, sorry!”  Then supposed, what can I do?  A stunt guy always gets hurt but after he come to, “Sorry!”  I pretend hurt but it is a hurt.  I swallowed here, then the whole night…  The whole night wherever he go, he’s watching me.  Then I said, “Okay.”

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer): 

Then I lie down, I see Bruce Lee like this turn around and cut!  He just throw the two sticks, run!  There’s so many stuntmen.  He just run to me and pull me up, “I’m sorry, sorry!”  Then supposed, what can I do?  A stunt guy always gets hurt but after he come to, “Sorry!”  I pretend hurt but it is a hurt.  I swallowed here, then the whole night…  The whole night wherever he go, he’s watching me.  Then I said, “Okay.”

Then when he turned around, I sometimes do this and that’s how Bruce know me and.  That’s how we becoming a friend, yeah.  Very lucky!

Geoff Boucher (Creator of Hero Complex, veteran journalist):

It’s fascinating to watch different fighting styles on the screen and to watch how styles develop and trademarks form and a career is built.  Your style changed through the years and now very much we know what the Jackie Chan-style is.

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer):

I spend more than what two or three years to change my style and that time everybody know after Bruce Lee died, there’s so many Bruce Lee’s.  Bruce Lie, Bruce Table, Bruce Chair… all Bruce!  Even I making a movie, I’m first time and the director called me up with a telegram.  We don’t have a telephone and we have telegram.  I get the, “Oh!”  They invite me back to Hong Kong to make a film.  It’s so hard to make a film.

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer):

First time I have my own poster.  I don’t even see my name.  Second – Bruce Lee!… Jackie Chan.  Outside all the people, “Wow!  Bruce Lee new movie.”  I don’t even see my name.  No, just but you have to listen to the director what to do.  “You have to do this, wow!”  And yelling, “Ya ah!”  I said, “No, I’m not this kind of person.

Geoff Boucher (Creator of Hero Complex, veteran journalist):

Okay, could you do that for about five…?  No, the whole thing?  Who wants to see it, come on?  Come on!

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer):

No, I just said…  I said, “I’m not this kind of person,” and the audience, they don’t buy these kind of things.  I’m too young and I was like, I was 18 or 19 years old.  I’m doing… just not me!  I spent two years to make this kind of movie and nobody go there to see it, to see it.

Geoff Boucher (Creator of Hero Complex, veteran journalist):

You were better than Bruce Table, though.

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer):

No, later on…  Later on, I said, “How am I different than Bruce Lee?”  Then slowly, I with my friend, a stunt coordinator watched Bruce Lee.  “Okay, Bruce Lee kick high, I kick low.  After Bruce Lee pow! like this, I do this.”  Later on, everybody said, “Jackie, just be yourself.”  I said, “Oh, myself?  Okay.”  Then, you see the movie, inside just myself.  Suddenly, my movie comes out Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow… Boom!  Big hit!

Jackie Chan (Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer):

Why?  Because outside there’s so many, every people do this.  Except Jackie Chan… and the audience “Ha ha ha!  Good, good, good , good!”  Then, becoming different.  So, from now on, at that time I said, “Okay, I always want it different than some other people.”  So, this one where you see the fighting sequence, I always choreograph all of them different than some other people.




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