The transcript below is from the video “Jackie Chan’s First U.K. TV Appearance” by The 80s Quadrant.

The 80s Quadrant:

We have music and movies today but starting with a Saturday morning kids TV clip and Tiswas. In this episode from 1980 we see the British TV debut of martial arts expert and actor Jackie Chan. Jackie had just starred in his US movie debut, Battle Creek Brawl. The movie didn’t succeed at the box office and Jackie continued to work on Asian martial arts films for the rest of the decade. His big international break didn’t come until 1995 in Rumble in the Bronx. You just never know who was going to turn up on Saturday morning TV in the 80s!

Interviewer:

And you went to a special school, didn’t you? Called the Chinese Opera School.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

Yes, it’s not, it’s not like uh people think of Opera.

Interviewer:

Yeah. I think it’s a little bit like what we would call, over here, a stage school because it’s all around training isn’t it to go into the arts?

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

Uh, teach you, some teachers teach you how to sound.

Interviewer:

Yes.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

Some teachers teach you how to fight. Some teachers teach you how to stick by, chair fly yeah, any fight.

Interviewer:

And you were a child actor while you were at that school, once you appeared in films. Then you went on to become a stuntman and a choreographer. How did you get your break then into actually starring in films?

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

Uh, huh?




Interviewer:

How, how were you first asked to become an actor after being a choreographer and a stuntman?

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

No one day I teach the actor how to die.

Interviewer:

Yes.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

No nearly die, still talk something. So the producer said, oh Jackie, you can be an actor. You can, you do your own stunt.

Interviewer:

Yes.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

You can stunt, direct and everything. I said no no no but he said don’t worry, you try it. Then I’m becoming a star.

Interviewer:

Now you’ve got a film out, “The Big Brawl”. It opens in England next week. It’s already taken nine million in America. Were you surprised at that success? It’s incredible.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

Uh, a little bit.

Interviewer:

A little bit surprised. Now it was made by the same team who made “Enter the Dragon”, which was one of the legendary Bruce Lee’s films and you have been compared to Bruce Lee, uh, how do you feel about that?

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

Uh, first when they’re becoming star, happen a lot in the far East, everybody said oh, Jackie is Bruce Lee second, second Bruce Lee.

Interviewer:

Yes.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

But after one years Bruce is Bruce, Jackie is Jackie. The audience know because it’s a different type of style.

Interviewer:

Yes.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

Bruce is always known like a hero. No one can beat him.

Interviewer:

Yes.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

And serious, uh violent. I always decide fighting, more comedy.

Interviewer:

Yes.

Jackie Chan (Actor & Martial Artist):

More difficult movements, more difficult and everybody can beat me. I want… I like people to beat me!




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