The villain in Akshay's life
Gordon Liu has been seen in many Shaolin movies, and most recently in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films.
The action star will be seen in a new avatar in Chandni Chowk to China, his first Bollywood assignment.
Liu spoke to Syed Firdaus Ashraf about CC2C, his tips for Akshay Kumar, and more.
What was it like to be asked to appear in a Bollywood film?
When they approached me, I didn't know about an industry called Bollywood. I asked 'What is Bollywood?' I had no idea about this industry. Later, a friend told me it is one of the biggest film industries in the world. I was quite shocked to know that.
You had no idea about the Hindi film industry?
I had no idea. In fact, I asked my friend whether they have any action movies in Bollywood. I wanted to know if Bollywood had kung fu in their films.
It is unfortunate I didn't know at that time because the only thing I knew in Hong Kong was the fact that there were a lot of Indian origin people living there. I had no idea about their film industry.
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After working on Chandni Chowk to China, did you see any Bollywood films?
After arriving in Mumbai, I saw a couple of them in my hotel room. I couldn't figure out the meaning because I didn't know the language. But I saw people dancing and singing. I liked that. It was good.
How is Akshay Kumar as an action hero?
I cannot say he is very good. But he is beautiful and he can keep up the tempo. And in martial arts, one has to keep a good tempo while fighting.
The good thing about Akshay is that he also knows dancing because he is a Bollywood hero.
Did you give Akshay any tips on the martial arts?
I told him he should just go ahead and do his work.
I told him don't think about who I am. Just do your work and go ahead with your action.
I felt he should not be conscious of the fact that I am Gordon Liu, who did the Shaolin films, while doing action scenes with him.
But I did tell him to be swift and quick while punching because those reflexes and actions come out very well on the screen.
How did the Shaolin series change people's attitudes towards kung fu?
(Laughs) When I look back, I feel the Shaolin films made people feel that actors must do their own stunts like those of the heroes in the Shaolin films.
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