David Carradine: Looking Back At A Cult Legend


David Carradine was found dead yesterday in Hong Kong at the age of 72.

It’s a sad loss – so we thought we’d dig back through the archives and pay tribute to the man they once called Caine…

Next: Theatre work


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Next: A dancer, not a fighter


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Next: Beating Bruce Lee to the punch

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Next: Directing legends

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Next: True original


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Next: Comic book fan

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Next: A chance to direct


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Next: Music man

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9. He was musically accomplished


Next: Birth of Bill

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10. He was one of the inspirations for his Kill Bill role

Though Warren Beatty was originally offered the part, Tarantino, it would seem, always wanted Carradine as the lethal leader.

''It was Warren who said, 'Why don't you hire David?''' Carradine told Entertainment Weekly ''Because Quentin just kept talking about me all the time, and Warren just got sick of it.''

The director planned it as a comeback that would also show a new side of the actor.

''Quentin said, 'It's got to be a home run. He wanted it to be a revelation to the world that would show me like people don't know me.''

''The result is that Bill has a lot of my character in it — or at least a lot of what Quentin thinks my character is.''


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