Bruce Lee had set a benchmark for action movies mixed with martial arts in Hollywood. He introduced martial arts to entertainment and amazed fans with his incredible skills. Therefore, actors like Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. have referred to Lee’s contributions to Hollywood. In fact, Evans once even mentioned the legend while talking about his emergence in Marvel movies.

In 2015, Chris Evans spoke to Slash Films about his popular movie character, Captain America. Debating the true potential of the character v/s the on-screen persona of the character, Evans recalled Bruce Lee’s fighting style.

Chris Evans on Captain America and Bruce Lee


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The Marvel franchise has a hardcore fanbase for its terrific characters and their powers. One of the popular characters is Captain America, played by Chris Evans on-screen. The star sat down to discuss the nuances of the Captain’s powers and his portrayal in the films. He wanted his character to show off his true power and not just be limited to punches and kicks.

According to the star, the movie Avengers failed to show Captain America’s true potential. Whereas, movies like Winter Soldier represented the extraordinary capabilities of the character. He, therefore, felt the need to level up in terms of the fighting style.


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The star recalled Bruce Lee’s fighting style and made a quick comparison. “His fight style needs to advance a little bit. I don’t wanna go full Bruce Lee, but there needs to be more than just haymakers and fun kicks,” he pointed out. Being an ardent member of the Marvel community for so long, Evans went beyond the script with his character study.


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Did Lee inspire other Marvel heroes?

Chris Evans was not the only Marvel hero impacted by Bruce Lee’s methods and teachings. Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. also credits overcoming one of his greatest struggles to Lee. Through the process of learning Bruce Lee’s original Kung Fu style, RDJ once won the battle against addiction.

Publicity portrait of Bruce Lee from the film ‘The Way of the Dragon,’ 1972. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

Robert Downey Jr. is a trained Wing Chun Kung Fu artist with a black belt. The star picked up various lessons from the martial arts form that encouraged him on his journey to abstinence. In an interview with Joe Rogan, the star confessed, “I got my a** kicked by a wooden dummy for about three years, and then I finally understood the principle of ‘Don’t fight force with force’.” Although Bruce Lee left a void in Hollywood, his teachings continue to inspire current-day actors.


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