Fading Superstar – A Reader Blind Item
Here’s a blind about an action star from Old Hollywood, or to be exact – 70’s Hollywood.
The real truth of this actor’s mysterious demise at a young age is mostly buried due to the ridiculous lies told about the Actors life, and mysterious death.
I know this for fact as I’m working on a film about it. It’s a fascinating tragedy detailing the demise of a fascinating superstar.
I’m sure everyone will guess who, but doubt they know the real story.
There is a mythical “Christlike” aura spread about this actor.
The Biopic film on the actors life twenty years ago was pure BS.
There was some truth, and he was dynamic and talented, but the real truth and utter darkness has been sanitized.
This is a story about the relentless pursuit of fame, tremendous talent, and a dangerous man, who was most dangerous to himself.
Kick it back to early seventies.
Bronson and McQueen were on the scene and Clint’s meteoric rise was just jettisoning into mainstream awareness, but there was one star who was totally unknown to the public who was about to emerge in the biggest Action Smash of the summer.
Everyone knows what became of this actor and his name today is legendary, but what most people do not know is what transpired behind the scenes while this actor was pursuing his dream of becoming the #1 Action Star in the world.
Like Clint, this actor emerged out of International films and became a big box office success.
The Actor was a physical fitness fanatic.
He believed the mind can subjugate anything, including physical pain.
He pushed his body relentlessly and was determined towards achieving his Hollywood goals.
The actor was a fascinating human being and was faced with tremendous setbacks, including one leg shorter than the other, Cryptorchidism, having ideas for projects stolen, and flat out racism.
Some friends he left behind adored him, Some feared him.
All told stories of a violent temper that could explode on a dime.
He didn’t like to be touched – ever.
Do not ever lay a hand on him.
There was an inner anger deep inside this philosophical dark athletic genius on the level of a Nureyev, or a Jordan.
A deceased Oscar Winning Writer tells a story of the Action Star telling him, ‘if you cannot hug a man, “you’ll never be able to beat him in a street fight.”
“You must love him to destroy him, but if you must destroy him, thank him first for allowing you to wreak havoc upon his soul.”
Without a doubt this actor was a very capable full fledged fighter, although never fought professionally.
Most described the actor as loyal and giving.
Dynamic and impatient.
Explosive and hot tempered.
Renegade and Innovator.
Insecure and cocky, while pursuing is dreams.
Years of frustration and rejection fueled the actors anger.
He was determined to show the world his art, his culture, and the action films audiences were currently being fed, were weak and banal.
After years of frustration and setbacks, and eventually great success in International films, Hollywood finally came calling, but the Actor was already living his life like a spiraling tornado of violence, not only inflicted on himself, but on others.
After suffering a severe physical injury (self inflicted) the Actor took to Cortisone shots for pain management.
This use of steroids added another layer of rage to the Actor’s deep seeded anger.
He broke out in acne and began sweating profusely.
His hot temper flared.
Coupled with the enormous strain and violence he placed on himself, and pressures to succeed, The Actor took to ingesting Nepalese hashish to calm down.
To manage tremendous physical pain the Cortisone shots continued.
Shot after shot.
The anger heightened, with no idea of the side affects of Cortisone, The Actor became highly concerned prompting him to remove his sweat glands.
Both Apocrine glands under each armpit were removed.
Even though the Actor was married, accompanying him to the overseas procedure was his new found mistress.
As the Actor moved into production on his first Hollywood film his weight fluctuated due to non-use and use of Cortisone, diuretics, and odd meals consisting of cows blood smoothies.
He had physical outbursts at home.
Physical altercations with many on and off set, including on the Hollywood Movie he was filming and even at his own home.
He was becoming paranoid to the point of purchasing a gun, smuggled to him overseas in a jar of protein powder.
The Actor was a picture of health, and his physique was part of his dynamic package, but under the surface was another story.
With the pressures of a grueling film schedule, all contingent on his success and dreams, an explosive outburst and pulling a knife on an International director.
The physcial abuse he inflicted on himself continued.
Regular Cortisone shots, relentless and insane physical fitness routines, such as elctro-shock apparatuses to stimulate 100 push ups while resting, low body weight, diuretics, hash, minimal eating, fasting, and pushing his body to the exhaustive point of telling his wife “not sure how much longer I can keep this up,” all led to a collapse on his mistress’s bed, never to wake up.
Many mysteries surround the actors death, but there is only one person to blame.
Today, when you watch the legendary film, the opening scene, filmed some eight weeks before his death, a severe physical change is kicking in.
Gaunt face and skin, low body weight, and you can almost see, death closing in…
Actor: Bruce Lee
Hollywood Movie he was filming: Enter the Dragon
International director he pulled a knife on: Lo Wei – The Big Boss
Wife: Linda Lee Cadwell
Mistress: Betty Ting Pei
52 Weird Facts You Didn’t Know about Bruce Lee
Weird Fact #26: Bruce Lee had his Sweat Glands removed from his armpits. Tired of sweaty pits and the ugly look they bring about, Bruce Lee had his sweat glands surgically removed in 1972 (for aesthetic reasons). – Source
New book recalls memories of Bruce Lee by those who worked with him
Actor Roy Chiao Hung said Lee once threatened to kill his Enter the Dragon co-star Robert Wall after Wall failed to drop a broken bottle as planned during filming and injured Lee with it.
Lee pointed a knife at Big Boss director Lo Wei after he dropped the star from casting, the director recalls in the book. About 10 days later, Lee died. – Source
Betty Ting Pei (Chinese: born 19 February 1947) is a Taiwanese actress who was active in 1970s. Although she acted in more than 30 films, she is best known for being the center of international speculation regarding the untimely death of Bruce Lee in her apartment. – Source
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