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Interview with Mark Strange: Last Man Standing
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Author(s) : Mike Fury
Date : 14/7/2010
Type(s) : Interview
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People :
Jackie Chan
Cheung Chee Keong
Sammo Hung Kam Bo
Jet Li
Mark Strange
Donnie Yen Chi Tan
Yuen Biao
Movies :
Drunken Master
Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow
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Mark Strange is an up-and-coming British action star and fighting champion with over 26 years experience in Martial Arts. Coming from a strong fighting background, having competed all over the world and working as an instructor, Mark pursued a lifelong passion in film and was invited to Hong Kong to work with Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen. Upon completing the films and returning to the UK, Mark has been developing his growing body of work and helping put British action cinema on the map, collaborating with acclaimed director, Chee Keong Cheung. With the recent release of his latest film, Twelve, and still the hardcore Hong Kong movie fan of his youth, Mark was kind enough to reflect on his journey through action cinema and share his unique experiences working with the best in the business.

Mark Strange in Twelve

from the gym to the screen

HKCinemagic: At the age of 17 or 18, what first attracted you to Martial Arts?
Mark Strange: My earliest interest in studying and pursuing Martial Arts came from watching movies! I started off on Jackie Chan’s films and remember enjoying those from a very young age. Classics like Drunken Master and Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow were some of my favourites and it was seeing those films that gave me such inspiration and made me want to go out and learn Martial Arts. Stars like Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung and Jet Li were also greatly inspiring to me as I was so impressed by what they could do. I was always a big fan of Yuen Biao as well. He’s incredibly talented! While pursuing an active interest in Martial Arts, I also became very interested in film so the movies I saw gave me a great headstart in pursuing these ambitions.

Jackie Chan in Drunken Master
HKCinemagic: So was there a consistent goal to move over to film?
Mark Strange: Yes, definitely! Before making the move into film, I owned my own gym for 15 years and worked as an instructor. At the same time, I competed all over the world and won titles like the Euro-British Full Contact Championship and the MAI National Chinese Forms Championship, so these were great experiences. The final stage was moving across to the film industry so when the right opportunity came about, I knew this was what I’d always wanted to do!

Mark Strange. Photo courtesy Adam Crowther at FightShop.com
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