|Posted by Anna H. on September 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM|
Brandon Lee (February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993)
This is my Xanga blog from February 1, 2013.
Today, had Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee's son lived, he would've turned 48 years old. It would not surprise me, if Brandon was spinning in his grave right now, while asking, "Has it already been 20 years, since the time I died?" Actually, the end of March will officially make it 20 years, since the time Brandon Lee died making The Crow.
According to James O'Barr, who created The Crow comic book, the production was low budget. The comic book and the movie took place in Detroit, MI. However, the movie production was shot in North Carolina. I assume that North Carolina was the only convenient state, that they could shoot The Crow 1.
James O' Barr said, that he read Brandon Lee's autopsy report. There weren't any licensed gun professionals on the set and the crew consisted of electricians, who handled the props on The Crow set. O'Barr referred to them as being "hill billies."
Supposedly, when everybody would go home for the night, the electricians would sneak out the guns (which were supposed to stay on the set) to go shooting with them. Then, the electricians would sneak the guns back onto The Crow set.
Once it got to one of Michael Massee's (he played the character, "Funboy") scenes, he shot his gun and accidentally killed Brandon Lee. No one expected the guns to be loaded with real bullets.
Let's all thank those hill billy electricians for feeling the sudden urge to sneak in and out guns, that were supposed to stay on The Crow set. Thanks to them, Brandon lost his life. Everybody around him, including James O'Barr, Michael Massee, etc. had to cope with trauma and survivor's guilt.
Luckily, I managed to watch some of Brandon Lee's other movies. They were released, before The Crow. Even though I was only 10 1/2 years old, when Brandon Lee died, I did manage to watch some of his older movies, after I became a teenager.
I already watched him in Legacy Of Rage, Showdown In Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire, and The Crow. People may argue that his acting skills were "mediocre." However, I loved Brandon because he was a Martial Artist and I thought he was sarcastically humorous, as well as really intelligent.
The Crow was and still is his best movie, years later. By Brandon playing a brutally murdered character as well as dying, while he made The Crow, his death added impact to the movie and its sales.
I believe that Bruce and Brandon Lee somewhat helped pave the way for other Asian American Actors today. If we look back 10-20 years ago, there weren't as many Asian American Actors on American TV as there are now.
I believe society has become a little more diversified and accepting towards Asians. There will always be those few other people, who are ignorant and racist towards Asians.
All the while, I believe American Society, including Hollywood have come a long way compared to decades ago. Here is a video of Brandon Lee's interview with him discussing Rapid Fire.
Brandon Lee's Interview With Jay Leno (1992)
RIP Brandon Lee!
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