So you're starring in Ip Man 3 with Donnie Yen. Were you always a fan of martial arts movies?
Yes, absolutely. I was attracted to watching these guys jump 40 miles in the air as they fly around with magical weapons. You know what I’m talking about, right?
Of course! The Ip Man character is based on Yip Man, the real-life teacher of Bruce Lee. Are you a fan of his movies?
I’m a fan of his philosophy. And yeah, Chinese Connection, Fist of Fury, Enter the Dragon.
Could you have beaten Bruce Lee in your prime?
Hey listen, I don’t know about that stuff. Because Bruce Lee, he didn’t believe in fighting in tournaments and stuff. He basically believed in: “Let’s do it right now.” But Bruce Lee was really a street fighter, like an MMA fighter for real. No one talked about MMA before that, or grappling. He said, "I don’t believe in grappling, because I equate grappling with being on the floor and I equate being on the floor with being stomped." And they said, "What do you mean?" And he said, "One guy maybe, but I’m fighting five or six guys but I can't be on the floor, wrestling around."
Wow, I hadn't heard about him saying all that.
Is that deep or what? He’s thinking, "I’m fighting an army, man." That just totally opened my head! We talking about killing, not no championship. We not fighting to see who’s better, we fighting to see who survives.