Brandon Lee: The Crow 1994 -
It's a story about justice for victims. I don't know if I was destined to play this role, but I feel very fortunate to be doing so.
It's a wonderful role and it really is a role that you have to take risks with, and it gives you the opportunity to take those risks and stretch. Because you tell me how someone who comes back from the dead is going to behave.
I've done other films that have had violence in them. But I must say I've never done anything where I've felt that the violence was as justified as it is in this." This is the best role that I've had the opportunity to get my hands on in a film.
"Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well, and yet everything happens only a certain number of times ... How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood ... that is so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps 4 or 5 times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps 20. And yet it all seems limitless."
I know that's a kind of a roundabout way of talking about it. But we tend to take a great deal for granted, because you feel like you're going to live forever. It's only if you lose a friend, or maybe have a near-death experience, [that] many events and people in your life suddenly attain real significance. When you take into account the fact that that could have been the last time I would ever see that person [or] do something so mundane as go out to dinner ... This is [where] this character [Eric Draven] is coming from. [He realizes] how precious each moment of his life is.
Brandon Lee *** the quotes are from Brandon's last interview
Brandon Bruce Lee was born on February 1 in 1965.
He died on 31 March 1993 in the New Hanover Regional Medical Centre in Wilmington, North-Carolina, after a shooting accident on the set of The Crow ... 17 days before he was to be married to his fiancÚ, Eliza Hutton, in Mexico. On April 3 Brandon Bruce Lee was buried next to his father in Lake View Cemetary, Capitol Hill, Seattle.
Brandon Lee, from Black Belt magazine, 1986||For me, the martial arts is a search for something inside. It's not just a physical discipline. Because, if it was just a physical discipline, you may as well take up weightlifting, or playing soccer, or baseball, or anything else. Why is it the martial arts have generated this tremendous interest and excitement that these other things haven't? Because these other things are just surface. When you see someone who is greatest at what they do, it goes beyond a physical perfection. The don't just go out there and pump their muscles and win. There's got to be an inner spiritual - whatever it is for them - aspect to what they're doing. That's what the martial arts is to me. I'm trying to develop that. The physical stuff comes along with it, and is an expression of it. And each move should be an expression of the serenity that's inside. Because if the move is just a move, then it's just waving your arms about and shouting. And anybody can do that.|
|Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don't know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It is that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don't know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember as certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps 4 and 5 times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps 20. And yet it all seems limitless.|
the full quote from The Sheltering Sky, 1949, by Peter Bowles - put on Brandon's gravestone.
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