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“That’s why I don’t do jump kicks”: Chuck Norris Gained Serious Weight to Fight Bruce Lee in $130M Movie That Made Martial Arts Films Mainstream in America
2024/04/11

Chuck Norris, the iconic martial artist and actor, celebrated his 84th birthday on March 10th, demonstrating that age is just a number. Renowned for his tough-guy persona and martial arts prowess, Norris gained prominence with his role in Golden Harvest's "The Way of the Dragon" alongside Bruce Lee. In preparation for his role as Colt, Norris was advised by producers to gain weight to appear larger than Lee on screen.

Despite the physical challenge, Norris committed to the transformation, putting on twenty pounds, albeit sacrificing his ability to perform jump kicks. The film's success contributed to the rise of martial arts movies in the United States.

Even at 84, Norris showcased his enduring vitality by sharing an Instagram video of himself energetically training, garnering admiration from fans and fellow martial artists alike, including Dolph Lundgren and Georges St-Pierre. His lasting impact on the martial arts genre and his dedication to fitness continue to inspire audiences worldwide.

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