Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Remembering Brandon Lee

"The key to immortality
is living a life worth remembering"
~Brandon Lee

Today would have been Brandon Lee's 46th birthday had he not been accidentally shot and killed at the age of 28 while filming the movie "The Crow."

We'll never forget that March day back in 1993 when the news broke that he died at the hands of a pyrotechnic accident on set, friendly fire if you will.

Brandon was the only son of famed martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. Young, handsome and talented he had begun an acting career starring in several low-budget type films. Our fave was "Showdown in Little Toyko" with Dolph Lundgren which was his first big budget American film and sent his career in the right direction. Brandon was a natural in front of the camera, much like his father. His deep voice, its resonating quality and his profound maturity and ability to sound very philosophical, even wise beyond his years made him a big-time future star.

He was killed by gunfire on set, when an improperly loaded weapon shot him to death. Instead of firing a blank, an actual projectile exploded into his chest.

The film The Crow finished filming and post production with CGI rounding out the parts Brandon had yet to film, along with some edits and re-writes. The tragic irony is that The Crow is a GREAT film about a young man and wife that are shot to death and how he is resurrected by a crow to enact revenge on their killers.

This is his favorite quote from the book Sheltering Sky which is engraved forever now on his tombstone, where he lies next to his father (and a you tube clip of Brandon quoting it himself):

"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless..."

"Try Harder - Try Again!" A classic scene from The Crow



Mikki said...

DUDE! That was such a sad day! RIP Brandon.

Anonymous said...

Nice Tribute!! I will always miss Brandon and can't believe its been 18 years!! I still believe he was murdered and it wasn't an accident?? The movie"THE CROW" just does something to you inside. Everyone always wants the Good Guy to win and he symbolizes that!! I also love the song BURN from The Cure. The soundtrack to The Crow is the best ever in my opinion. ALL the songs on there are awesome!! "Oh it doesn't matter how you hide find you if we're wanting to". Dream the Crow Black Dream!!!! R.I.P. Brandon Lee

Anonymous said...

TRY HARDER....TRY AGAIN!!! PRICELESS!!! He actually looks like Heath Ledger as the Joker.

The Omni Report said...

We've heard that Heath Ledger loved that movie and his Joker was an homage to Brandon. Seriously.
That's cool, except they are both gone now. R.I.P Heath...