|Will Yun Lee|
Lee in 2013
|Born||Lee Sang-wook (ì´ìƒìš±)
(1971-03-22) March 22, 1971
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Birmingham (m. 2010)|
Whenever you’re fighting with weapons, there’s a level of reality because people don’t understand that these are still metal or hard rubber with sharp points – that if the timing’s wrong, you could definitely get hurt. There’s nothing like working with an actor who doesn’t know what they’re doing, because you’re always in fear of losing an eye.
Sometimes when you’re in different countries, everything has become so homogenised and there’s a Starbucks and McDonald’s everywhere, and you could feel like you’re in Florida. But in Japan, you know you’re there.
My father was one of the first Tae Kwon Do Masters to come to the states in the ’60s. He had one of the first all-African-American fighting teams, and I was basically raised in a karate studio since I was 3. It’s part of my blood, competing, and all that stuff was responsible for a lot of me just growing up.
The two most exciting things for me to get to work on ‘The Wolverine’ was getting to work with James Mangold, the director who directed ‘3:10 to Yuma’ and ‘Walk the Line’ as well as getting to work with Hugh Jackman.