The Dragon Has Three HeadsNear the end of Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee has ripped through his shirt, as always.
“There tends to be three versions of Bruce Lee told,” Matthew Polly, author of the Lee biography Bruce: A Life, tells me over the phone in late June.
But it was her second biography, The Bruce Lee Story (1989)—a revised version that smoothed out the rougher, more personal edges of the first with the help of coauthor Tom Bleecker—that would begin to transform Bruce Lee into Saint Bruce.
Lee traveled the world by VHS tapes; he was a superhero without a flashy alter ego like Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne—he was simply Bruce Lee.
“We need to differentiate between the real Bruce Lee versus the reel Bruce Lee,” Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park, a professor at the University of Hong Kong who teaches about Lee, wrote to me over email.