David Carradine as Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu: The Movie in 1986. Photo: Getty Images
David Carradine as Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu: The Movie in 1986. Photo: Getty Images
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Kung Fu: how Bruce Lee lost out to David Carradine for role in martial arts TV series

  • The adventures of a Shaolin monk in the Wild West were hugely popular in the early 1970s, with both US and UK audiences loving the kung fu action
  • Bruce Lee had been up for the lead role but was overlooked in favour of Carradine, because producers felt US viewers would not understand Lee’s accent

David Carradine as Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu: The Movie in 1986. Photo: Getty Images
David Carradine as Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu: The Movie in 1986. Photo: Getty Images
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