15 Things You Didn’t Know About “Bloodsport”
Here are 15 new details about Bloodsport as revealed by Dux himself:
1. The story of how young Frank met his shidoshi wasn’t true.
“Breaking into his home through a window, that didn’t happen. That isn’t how we met. That was Sheldon [Lettich, who adapted Frank’s screenplay] taking liberties. I almost went to court with the producers over that. It was so disrespectful.”
2. Dux owes much of his fighting success to being born handicapped.
“I became accustomed to great pain and adversity at a very young age because my feet went 180 degrees in the wrong direction. To get them forward, I wore braces that moved them a little bit every day.”
3. Jean-Claude is a dog person!
“He used to always bring his dog Buffy — I think that was its name — to the set and to the gym. It was black, maybe a Lab or a Lab mix, I’m not sure. He really loved that dog.”
4. Jean-Claude probably can’t kill anyone with a roundhouse kick.
Hesitant to say it outright, Dux ducked my question by responding, “All I’ll say is, Jean-Claude is an OK fighter and a great performer. He really wanted the part and was so anxious that he almost separated his shoulder trying to do something he didn’t know how to do. I trained him three times a week and taught him to fight for the movies. We learned together how to make him look good on-screen.”
5. According to Dux, any of us can be a ninja.
“Ninja is like ‘janitor’ in that it’s just a job title. The misconception is, you don’t actually have to do anything special or know how to do anything special to be a ninja.”
6. Bolo Yeung, who plays the terrifying Chong Li, is actually a big ol’ pussycat.
“Sweetest guy you could ever know,” says Dux of the man whose pecs are the size of garbage-can lids. “He was famous for being Mr. Asia and this big bodybuilder, but he couldn’t have been nicer. He brought his son to set every day and spent all of his downtime with him.”
7. In addition to serving as the film’s fight choreographer, Dux was also its Edith Head.
“The costumes were all wrong at first. There was no room in the budget for anything, so I ended up paying out of pocket for what Jean-Claude wore in the fights. I am the guy who started the whole shorts thing. After always getting criticized by the Chinese for wearing a Japanese uniform or getting criticized by the Koreans for wearing a Chinese uniform — I just thought, it’s man versus man, not style versus style, you know what I mean? So finally, I just decided to make my own damn uniform by essentially modifying bicycle shorts.