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Chuck Norris: In His Own Words
It’s Chuck’s world – we just live in it

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So how does the man himself regard his key work? You’ve heard of Scorsese On Scorsese; this is Norris On Norris...

Chuck Norris in Way Of The Dragon
WAY OF THE DRAGON (1972)

THE ONE IN WHICH CHUCK NORRIS DIES...
"I was still the world karate champion then. Bruce Lee, my old work-out partner from Los Angeles, called me up out of the blue, saying, 'I'm gonna do a fight scene in the Colosseum in Rome, like two gladiators fighting.' I said, 'Bruce, I've seen your films and you annihilate everybody. It's gonna be a one-way fight.' He said, 'No, no, no, I know you and respect you: it will be a seesaw battle.' The producer wanted me to look bigger than Bruce so I had to put on almost 20 pounds. That's why I don't do jump-kicks — I couldn't get off the ground!"
Chuck Norris in Good Guys Wear Black
GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK (1978)

THE ONE IN WHICH CHUCK NORRIS DROP-KICKS A MOVING CAR...
"I wrote the screenplay for Good Guys myself, but with way too much dialogue. The critics crucified me. I took Steve McQueen to see it and he said, 'Let me give you some advice: don't be saying things for the sake of it, only say things people will remember.' So that's what I've done, try to find lines that people will repeat to me on the street. Cool things like, 'If I want your opinion I'll beat it out of you.'"
Chuck Norris in Lone Wolf McQuade
LONE WOLF McQUADE (1983)

THE ONE IN WHICH CHUCK NORRIS DOLES OUT WESTERN JUSTICE BY KICKING DAVID CARRADINE IN THE HEAD...
"Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, John Wayne — these men had the code of the West. Lone Wolf was written for Clint Eastwood, but Clint was obligated to do another movie. I know Clint but we're not close friends; he's a real quiet guy, not very articulate, so it's difficult to sit down and have a conversation with him. As for David Carradine — not a great martial artist but a good actor. I really liked him in Kill Bill."
Chuck Norris in Missing In Action
MISSING IN ACTION 1-3 (1984-88)

THE ONES IN WHICH CHUCK NORRIS FIGHTS FOR THE AMERICAN WAY IN THE VIETNAM JUNGLE...
"Those films had a special meaning for me as my brother was killed in Vietnam. We filmed in the Philippines, and one day some seriously bad guys came into our camp. They recognise me, so I'm signing autographs as they're aiming guns at my head and taking my money. (Laughs) The torture-by-rat scene? I'll never forget that. It was during my young and foolish stage, so when it turned out there was no fake rat, I said, 'Kill a real one.' They hung me upside down, put the sack over my head, I got the rat in my mouth and there's fake blood coming down the rope into my mouth. All I can taste is mountain rat and I'm thinking, 'I'm gonna get the bubonic plague.'"
Chuck Norris in Invastion USA
INVASION USA (1985)

THE ONE IN WHICH CHUCK NORRIS STOPS COMMUNISTS TAKING OVER AMERICA BY BLOWING THEM UP...
"In my movies I don't initiate violence unless it's really necessary. Violence is not the answer — the answer is love. I think Christians and Muslims should hug each other. There's no reason we can't all live harmoniously together and that's what I would say to the head of Iran."
Chuck Norris in The Delta Force
THE DELTA FORCE (1986)

THE ONE IN WHICH CHUCK NORRIS SOLVES MIDDLE EASTERN TERRORISM BY FIRING MISSILES FROM A MOTORBIKE...
"The image of me on the rocket-launcher motorcycle was used as an official poster for the war in Iraq. I screened Delta Force for former President Bush in the White House, and also for the Senate. They were getting ready to have a bill passed and got up midway through the screening. Then I saw Bob Dole stop at the top of the aisle, turn around and watch the whole rest of the movie by himself. They had to put that in the Senate minutes, that they were late for the vote because Bob Dole was watching Delta Force!"
Chuck Norris in Forest Warrior
FOREST WARRIOR (1996)

THE ONE IN WHICH CHUCK NORRIS CAN TRANSFORM INTO A BEAR, A WOLF OR AN EAGLE...
"In Forest Warrior I could change into different creatures of the forest, which kids thought was neat. Once I was watching a basketball game with my four year-old niece on my lap and felt this squeezing on my thumb. She goes, 'I want Uncle Chuck to turn into a bear!'"
Chuck Norris in Dodgeball
DODGEBALL (2004)

THE ONE IN WHICH CHUCK NORRIS GIVES A CRUCIAL THUMBS-UP. THANK YOU, CHUCK NORRIS!
"I was in LA when they asked me to do the cameo — I said no at first because it was a three-hour drive down to Long Beach. Then Ben Stiller calls. He goes, 'Chuck, please, you've got to do this for me!' My wife said he should send a helicopter for me and that's what happened. I didn't read the screenplay, just did my bit where I stick my thumb up. When the movie comes out, we go see it. It's cute, a little risqué in some areas. But in the end, when Ben's a big fatty and watching TV, the last line of the whole movie is, 'Fuckin' Chuck Norris!' My mouth fell open to here... I said, 'Holy mackerel!' That was a shock, Ben didn't tell me about that!"

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Anyone remember his movie "Sidekicks"? I loved that when I was a kid More

Posted by shaunoc on Wednesday August 15, 2012, 19:35

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The local video rental store where I grew up had a separate section for Chuck Norris. So amid the sections for Horror, Action, Thriller etc.... was a section called Chuck Norris. Such is the impact he's had! More

Posted by mikebish on Wednesday August 15, 2012, 14:15

3 Is Chuck Norris my distant uncle?
According to my nan, I'm distantly related to Chuck Norris. Apparently her side of the family moved to America (i believe they were originally irish) and that somehow Chuck and I are distantly related. I've never been able to kick anyone with my chin, but if Chuck is reading, would be interested to find out. It's a pretty random thing for my nan to make up if not! More

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