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How Jackie Chan Really Met Bruce Lee: True Story Explained

It was during the filming of Enter the Dragon that Bruce Lee had an interesting meeting with Jackie Chan, who had yet to become a star but had worked as a stuntman on Bruce Lee’s second movie, Fist of Fury. Jackie Chan was one of several nameless opponents that Bruce Lee’s character had to fight at once in a particular scene. Jackie Chan, who recounted this experience in a video, says that when he attacked Bruce Lee, Lee hit him across the face with one of his sticks [via YouTube]. The blow was an accident, but Lee continued with the scene until it was over. As soon as there was a break, Lee rushed over to Chan and apologized.

As Chan tells in the story, he pretended that he was hurt more than he actually was, simply because he enjoyed the attention he was receiving from Lee, whom he idolized. After this encounter, Lee remembered Chan’s name whenever he would see him on set and would even talk with him on occasion. This incident also led to Lee selecting him for even more stunt work in Enter the Dragon.

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