Film-goers can expect to see a lot of Michael Wong Man-tak in the next couple of months as the American- born actor has roles in two of the biggest summer blockbusters. Beginning August 15, Wong has a starring role in the Golden Harvest release Enter the Eagle, a film significant for the Hong Kong debut of Shannon Lee, daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. In September, he plays Hong Kong's chief of security in the Jean- Claude Van Damme film Knock Off, a thriller about a group of Russian terrorists plotting to disrupt the handover ceremonies. Of the $40 million Enter the Eagle production, Wong said the shoot was particularly tough as the cast, which also includes Anita Yuen and Jordan Chan, had to spend three months in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. 'Physically, it was very tough because we had to do a lot of stunts. I play Marty, the leader of a gang of thieves who are commissioned to steal a diamond, one of the biggest in the world,' he said. 'Shooting in Prague was great and I learned a bit of Czech, but after two weeks there I had seen enough.' Wong had nothing but praise for Lee, saying the American actress was a consummate professional who easily handled the martial arts skills required for her role. 'Shannon is a real simple gal. She was so easy going and pleasant to everybody. She doesn't have any kind of ego about her and I've worked on some sets where the stars have to act like stars and Shannon wasn't like that. Her mother was on the set too, and they were both wonderful people. 'Her martial arts skills are going to surprise some people as she hadn't trained much growing up. They [the film's producers] put her through a three-month crash course in martial arts and I couldn't believe how fast she learned. They had her on wires doing stunts fighting really good martial artists and she held her own.' Wong also had glowing praise for Van Damme, who 'likes to have fun on the set'. In Knock Off, the man they call 'the muscles from Brussels' plays a jeans manufacturer battling terrorists. 'He is a great guy to work with. I know people have mixed emotions about him and his behaviour, but my relationship with Jean-Claude is very good. Every time I have been around him he has been nothing less than a gentleman and he loves coming to Asia.' Wong said he had recently signed up with a management company in Los Angeles to explore opportunities in the United States. He was also talking to a local TV station about creating some Hollywood-style productions for local consumption. 'America, I wouldn't say no. There is always that possibility [of working there]. But knowing how the business works there I won't hold my breath. I am doing well here and I have simple needs. As long as I am earning enough money to support my family, that's all I need,' Wong said.