Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Documentary filmmaker Pete McCormack (Facing Ali) has made a new doc about the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, which will show up in a limited theatrical engagement starting February 9. The film, I Am Bruce Lee, features clips from Lee’s films and his few filmed interviews, and is bolstered by a host of celebrity Bruce Lee admirers. Check out a trailer for the doc below.
The interview clips seen in this trailer are from Lee’s long interview filmed in 1971 for an appearance on the Pierre Berton Show. You can watch that interview in its entirety below, though I imagine most Lee fans have seen it already. That “baby, here I am, man” kicker quote in the trailer is actually Lee talking about Steve McQueen’s attitude in that interview, not a statement representing Lee himself.
And while the celebrity soundbites seen in the trailer are fun, I’m not sure what they can add that we don’t already know. So what makes this doc worth watching? Bruce Lee has been the subject of more than a few enthusiastic tributes over the years, so there’s nothing new on that front. (The old episode of A&E’s series Biography is a great Lee doc.)
That being said, Lee is an incredible, charismatic personality, and his physical abilities are so well demonstrated that I don’t need to go into them here. I’ll be interested to see the film, and for those who aren’t as familiar with Bruce Lee’s story, I Am Bruce Lee might be a great introduction.
If you’ve never see the Pierre Berton interview, by all means watch this embed. It’s the best 25 minutes worth of talking heads you’ll see today. Lee is so wonderfully articulate; there are few better discussions of what martial arts, and acting with martial arts, really means. (This early interview/screen test is also quite good.)
Apple has the HD trailer for the doc.
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