“David Carradine found dead in Thailand hotel
72-year-old ‘Kung Fu,’ ‘Kill Bill’ actor reportedly hanged himself
Actor made his mark as “Kung Fu” star on TV in the 1970s and again on the big screen in “Kill Bill.”
David Carradine, star of the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu” whose career roared back to life when he played the assassin-turned-victim in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” was found dead Thursday in Thailand. Police said he appeared to have hanged himself.
The officer responsible for investigating the death, Teerapop Luanseng, said the 72-year-old actor was staying at a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel.
“I can confirm that we found his body, naked, hanging in the closet,” Teerapop said. He said police suspected suicide.”
Os leitores mais novos provavelmente se lembram de Carradine mais por sua participação em Kill Bill como o misterioso Bill. Mas Carradine já foi muito famoso no Brasil por causa do seriado Kung Fu, onde ele representava um fugitivo chinês que migrou para o Oeste americano.
Em um episódio (“The Stone“), Caine (o personagem de Carradine) tem que enfrentar um ex-escravo fugido do Brasil que lutava capoeira. Os entendidos da série dizem que esse foi um dos melhores episódios:
“Episode 13: The Stone
Shaolin kung fu versus Brazilian capoeira on network television in 1972? Once again, this show displays its uniqueness and forward thinking. The eloquent Moses Gunn co-stars as a former Brazilian slave-turned-capoeira master and self-made man who has relocated to the U.S. and is putting his hopes on a monster diamond he has stolen. All’s well until he mistakenly kills the local sheriff while the diamond ends up in the hands of three kids who recruit Caine to help them bring their jittery stepfather-to-be back to their mother. A marshal and three minority-hating thugs hunt for the Brazilian while the Brazilian hunts for Caine who he accuses of stealing his rock. Moses is all charisma and steals the show away from Carradine for this episode. After Moses establishes his martial arts skill while knocking the thugs around early on, he tangles with Carradine towards the end. Unfortunately, the fight is shot too tightly with a lot of close-ups and cuts, but it’s one of the more interesting fights of the series thus far.“
Não sei se o politicamente correto já era de rigueur naquela época, mas, pelo que me lembro (e alguém com mais memória me corrija se eu estiver errado), o escravo capoeirista foi um dos únicos adversários à altura de Caine no mano-a-mano _ acho até que eles se entendem no final e nenhum derrota o outro. Não tenho a menor idéia de como seria um entrevero entre um lutador de kung fu e um capoeirista experiente na vida real, mas tenho a ligeira impressão que o kung-fungueiro levaria a melhor.