on Jul 3, 2010
Here is Bruce Lee playing ping-pong…
- He had above-average strength.
- Ridiculously high Dexterity.
- Firm constitution and incredible fitness, aside from that unfortunate bit at the end.
- Above-average intelligence, seeing as how he was able to run a business and innovate the world of performance martial arts before 32 years of age.
- Strong wisdom that gave him the discipline to engage in the constant study, training, networking, and performance required to maintain his career.
- Stellar charisma by way of acting chops, good looks, and mass appeal.
We could argue over his stats, but if I were to put Mr. Lee on a 3.5 edition character sheet I’d give him:
Alas that we didn’t get more time with him. Hong Kong style filmmaking might have come to mainstream western cinema a couple of decades sooner. We could have gotten it in the late’ 70’s with Bruce instead of waiting for the late 90’s with Jackie Chan. Even better, we would have gotten some movies with proper camera work that let us see his performance. While Enter the Dragon wasn’t too bad, a lot of his other films suffered from too much close-in camera positioning that framed out many of his movements. I can’t watch them without wanting to shout “TAKE FOUR STEPS BACKWARDS!!!” to the cameraman. Imagine how incredible it would be to have a Fists of Fury shot in the style of Rumble in the Bronx.
Bruce would be be 70 this year.
EDIT: Awwww shucks. It is a fake after all. I still can’t believe someone mimed Bruce Lee’s style and body language so well. The end where he tucks the weapon under one arm with his chin up is classic Lee.
So now it’s an amazing display of imitation and audacity instead of a display of martial prowess. Still pretty cool.
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