Re: Kung Fu

April 10 2017 at 5:46 PM
KFMan  (Login jklee)

Response to Kung Fu

Exactly, Rockfish. Thanks for sharing your thought on this.

Some of the producers denied they spoke to Lee as their first choice was David Carradine. Really B.S. If they already had Carradine as their choice, why called Lee in for discussions? They discussed and learnt many ideas from Lee which they do not admit.

The fact is many stars were called in for the roles of Caine even John Saxon, who confirmed in his 1990 interview.
Fortunately for us, we learnt through Lee's letters that he was involved in many of the pre-discussion meetings of the series and Warner's CEO Ted Ashley was there. Many people lied that Lee had nothing to do with the series to take credit away from him. Ed Spielman though studied Chinese and Kung Fu but he was a Western guy who likely had never been to the East at that time and was writing based on many things from the book he experienced in the U.S. Thus, even his script was already with the studio,but with Lee, the real Oriental guy who input his ideas and experience including martial arts, it definitely polished up the script and made certain details looked more realistic. Just think about ETD script which was initially written by Michael Allins, you'll would know what I meant.

As Shaolinguy said, Lee contributed his ideas to the Longstreet pilot episode and the unmade Silent Flute but the credits all went to Stirling Silliphant who was officially named the writer for these projects. Furthermore, in HK, Lee also contributed his ideas to The Big Boss, Fist of Fury (during the process of shooting) and even some to Fist of Unicorn and ETD (Michael Allins' initial script was not able to meet Lee's expectation). But Lee never take the credits or go around suing people for discredit him. To Lee, probably he didn't mind all these credits as long as the quality of the films he was in was assured. That's what he cared most. The same goes to his his unmade Kung Fu series aka The Warrior. Though he was real upset that his effort went to the drain for the tv series but he was made up for his new found success in HK movies not long later.

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  • Re: Kung Fu - rockfish on Apr 10, 2017, 9:00 PM
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