How Bruce Lee Books and Footage Impressed Martial Artist Scott Adkins

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Scott Adkins: Debt Collectors

Bruce Lee made martial arts motion pictures a global phenomenon. He died having made solely 4, with a fifth movie cobbled along with incomplete footage he filmed. With the brand new ESPN documentary Be Water exploring Lee even additional, right this moment’s martial artists nonetheless replicate on him. Scott Adkins started his film profession in Hong Kong as a villain to Jackie Chan. Now he’s starred in over 40 motion pictures because the lead motion hero, villain or supporting function in massive studio motion pictures like The Bourne Ultimatum and Physician Unusual.

Scott Adkins | Samuel Goldwyn Movies

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Adkins spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet over Zoom to advertise his newest film, Debt Collectors. With Be Water developing, we requested him how Lee influenced his martial arts and performing. It seems Adkins and Lee had extra in frequent than we knew. 

Scott Adkins was all the time impressed by Bruce Lee

Lee died years earlier than Adkins was born. When Adkins started coaching in martial arts, Lee was already historic. 

“Not before my time in my opinion,” Adkins stated. “I mean, he was. Obviously he died before I was born but you grew up knowing about this guy called Bruce Lee who was the ultimate martial artist and he started the Kung Fu craze and everything. He left behind his teaching and his books. He died young so any photo you could get of him was like gold dust.”

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Bruce Lee | Getty Photographs

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Adkins believes film martial artists are nonetheless making an attempt to succeed in the heights Lee achieved.

“He was gone too young,” Adkins stated. “He was a legend [and] he still is the biggest influence in my life in martial arts and in film, to be honest. I don’t believe there’s ever been an actor more charismatic than Bruce Lee.”

How Scott Adkins takes after Bruce Lee

Moreover going to Hong Kong to start his performing profession, Adkins shares another similarities. They’ve the identical delivery signal and sweat glands.

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Bruce Lee | Fotos Worldwide/Archive Photographs/Getty Photographs

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“I’m the Year of the Dragon,” Adkins stated having been born in 1976. “I’ve got a sweat problem. I constantly sweat from my armpits and he had the same problem. We’ve both got one leg shorter than the other that has resulted in a bad back so there you go. I’ve got a few things in common with The Little Dragon.”

Scott Adkins took inspiration from one other martial arts traditional

In No Retreat, No Give up, the ghost of Lee trains a youngster in martial arts. Adkins decked out his residence gymnasium the identical as that film.

Scott Adkins in Ip Man 4
Scott Adkins in Ip Man 4 | Nicely Go USA

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“Have you ever seen No Retreat, No Surrender?” Adkins stated. “I was basically living that. That was my reality. I had my dad’s garage converted into the gym, I had a flag a Bruce Lee, a shrine beneath it. I would bow to the master and I would begin my training every night [and] I was praying that the ghost of Bruce Lee was going to come down and teach me, especially after I was mugged on the bus.”

Scott Adkins is prepared for ‘Be Water’

Adkins nonetheless watches documentaries concerning the grasp. The final one he noticed was I Am Bruce Lee. That got here out in 2012 so he’s prepared for Be Water.

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Bruce Lee | Getty Photographs

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“I love a good Bruce Lee documentary,” Adkins stated. “Read all of his books and still, to this day, lately there’s been new footage of Bruce Lee coming out. Man, it’s been this long and we’re seeing more stuff. It’s incredible. I love it.”


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