Happy Birthday: Tony Jaa

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Tony Jaa.jpgTony Jaa

Born: February 5, 1976 in Surin, Thailand

Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee are my masters; they’re the inspiration for my work. Bruce Lee was a heavy fighter who threw hard punches. Jackie moves very fast and uses a lot of comedy, and Jet Li is very fluid. I’ve tried to combine all of their styles and added some things of my own.

I want a strong foundation in Thailand. Hollywood? Maybe in the future.

What they [Chan, Lee and Li] did was so beautiful, so heroic that I wanted to do it too. I practiced until I could do the move exactly as I had seen the masters do it.

Ong-Bak
2003
dir. Prachya Pinkaew
Starring
Tony Jaa
Petchtai Wongkamlao
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