In the 1960s, Lee’s stay in the United States saw him teaching martial arts to celebrities like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Steve McQueen. The bonds forged by these lessons caught Lee’s attention with film and TV producers like Fred Weintraub, one of many looking to capitalize on Kung Fu movies coming out of China.
Lee’s sidekick role as Kato on television’s “The Green Hornet” proved extremely popular in the United States and Hong Kong. With a number of strong business connections, he was planning a vehicle of his own. He needed work, but the industry in the late 60s was unwilling to go down an Asian track. Most of his roles came from TV shows that needed a guest martial artist. Weintraub urged Lee to take roles offered to him for films in Asia, believing they could convince the American film industry to take a chance on him. Lee has signed on to star in Lo Wei’s “The Big Boss,” which will be filmed in Thailand. It was the first film to fully emphasize her power, charisma and grace.
Low-budget as they were, “The Big Boss” and its sequel, “Fist of Fury,” also directed by Lo Wei, ended up becoming major box office hits, the most successful ever to be released from Hong Kong. at that time. indicate. Greatness came from the tension on set, with Lee picking fights with unimpressed stuntmen and his director. Unknown stuntman Jackie Chan even saw Lo Wei cower behind his wife as Lee’s temper flared.