Rob Cohen confesses: “I based ‘Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story’ on Bruceploitation star Dragon Lee!”

"Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" Theatrical Poster

“Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” Theatrical Poster

Director Rob Cohen, guilty of such celluloid atrocities as The Fast and the Furious and xXx, added a further misdemeanour to his list of cinematic mishaps during a recent interview, when he confessed that he thought Dragon Lee was Bruce Lee. The topic came up while discussing a proposed sequel to his movie Stealth, a potential Chinese co-production titled Stealth 2: The Chinese Connection. Cohen was explaining how Shanghai was the perfect location for the sequel, as the production cost barely covers the price of a Bruce Lee Blu-ray, so the level of smog in the city will allow the Stealth in question to disappear without the use of expensive CGI.

The title The Chinese Connection was of course also the US title for Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury, which turned the conversation towards his work on Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. When probed as to why the 1993 production involved dreams of samurai warriors and an actor who looked nothing like Bruce Lee, Cohen had this to say – “You know, as with most of my movies, I didn’t really have any clue what I was doing. I was approached and asked if I’d want to helm a Bruce Lee biopic, so of course I said yes, who doesn’t know Bruce Lee!?” While Cohen’s enthusiasm is admirable, he went on to explain – “So I decided to check out if any biopics had been done before, and of course came across 1977’s The Real Bruce Lee, which contained archival footage of Bruce himself. It also contained what I thought was one of his movies, so I simply assumed it was him, but now I know that the actor was in fact Dragon Lee. Ha!”

Cohen went on to detail that, so utterly deluded was he that Dragon Lee was Bruce Lee, all of the auditions he held for the role were based on how closely the actors resembled the Korean kung fu star. “Looking back in retrospect, you’ll notice how Jason Scott Lee looks much more like Dragon Lee than he does Bruce Lee, that’s because I was basing the auditions on the wrong Lee. Now I understand why the producers were so confused when I said I wanted to include a one-stick nunchuck scene.” Cohen whimsically recalled with a vacant smile. “I even spoke with Linda Lee, and she asked me if I knew any of her husband’s famous quotes. So I said of course I did, and bellowed at her ‘Are you tired of living!? Bastard!’ She never spoke to me again after that.” Amongst much laughter, Cohen quipped how “It should really be called Dragon Lee: The Bruce Lee Story.”

Asked if he thought returning to the Asian movie industry could result in any further mishaps, Cohen insisted that he’d now set himself straight when it came to Asian actors, stating that during the making of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, “Myself and Donnie Yen, who was playing the Emperor, had a great working relationship, and I thought he was great in his recent movie Skiptrace.”

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6 Responses to Rob Cohen confesses: “I based ‘Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story’ on Bruceploitation star Dragon Lee!”

  1. Mike Leeder says:

    how i wish in part this was true! I do think Dragon is the best Bruce Li/Bruce Le movie they never made…. So Linda’s one of the approving producers, so she’s suddenly this buxom sexy blonde girl! Much like the all approved by the LEE ESTATE CCTV LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE was so accurate factually…

    Rob’s a good guy, i worked on Dragon as an extra and then on Mummy 3, and he’s a lot more appreciative of Chinese and other cultures than a lot of directors!

    But nice April fools

  2. Kung Fu Bob says:

    I actually got halfway through the first paragraph before it dawned on me what I was reading and which day today is. Very funny!

  3. Derrick M Psaros says:

    Ha! I totally fell for this!

  4. Zach Nix says:

    I definitely fell for this because I wouldn’t be surprised if a) Rob Cohen was the idiot that he sounds like, and b) I totally believe a Stealth 2 sequel would be a cheap Chinese production. Also, I hope that the dissing of XXX and Fast and Furious is part of the joke, because those movies are not bad. Just saying. I think The Mummy 3 and Alex Cross are total garbage, but have a fondness for his Diesel collaborations.

    • Paul Bramhall says:

      ‘xXx’ and ‘The Fast and the Furious’ may have seemed ok at the time, but ‘The Pacifier’ and ‘Babylon A.D.’ quickly eclipsed them in showing what Vin Diesel is really capable of.

  5. Ron says:

    It took me this long to calm down. For over a week I was heated even after I found out it was a joke. I just commenting to say, you got me good. Well done

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