The 'Italian thug' in WOTD – Piet Schweer

Fred
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February 2nd, 2017, 10:33 am #41

Among the 'bad guys' film extras, there's one named Mark Metekingi, an aborginal New Zealander.
He was an excellent singer, singing Guantanamera so well.

Anders Nelsson

Guantanamera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lsWZ104no0

Excellent article and nice video! Thanks, Nick!!! (nt)
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February 3rd, 2017, 11:37 pm #42

Among the 'bad guys' film extras, there's one named Mark Metekingi, an aborginal New Zealander.
He was an excellent singer, singing Guantanamera so well.

Anders Nelsson

Guantanamera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lsWZ104no0

aborginal people come from Australia , the native people of New Zealand are called Maori
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February 8th, 2017, 7:29 pm #43

He denied it was him when fans asked him years ago. But he said that guy did look like him.
https://images.wolfgangsvault.com/the-d ... 850-PO.jpg

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February 8th, 2017, 7:31 pm #44

He was in the U.S. in 1972 doing his DJ job and wasn't in HK.
This fat guy was picked by the WOTD casting from the street or cheap hotel where foreigners stayed.
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February 9th, 2017, 1:17 am #45

70s hippies look about the same in their appearances.
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February 9th, 2017, 8:03 am #46

aborginal people come from Australia , the native people of New Zealand are called Maori
This extra original name is Marc Mete Kingi and is a Maori from New Zealand. According to Piet Schweer, Marc used to manage a bistro in HK in the 70’s. Piet said although he is brawny and looks fierce but he is in fact, a super nice and friendly person.

In addition, a New Zealander by the name of Corey Mcmurtrie said Marc was once his stand in teacher at high school. Marc was rough as gutts and used to throw chairs at the students if they pissed him off. Who would know that this man was once a full-time high school teacher when not singing and performing. Like other Maori, he is generally very talented when it comes to music and singing. He told Mcmurtrie that he did a bit of training with Bruce while he was in filming WOTD in HK (probably Bruce gave some tips in self-defense skills to the ‘Gweilos’ extras). He also told Mcmurtrie that he believed Bruce was poisoned to death.

By the way, Piet Schweer said he is currently busy and 3 weeks ago (Jan 13) he was under way on the Red River in Vietnam and have Internet access only if he passes a larger village. So, fans may need to have more patience to read his overdue part 5 article – ‘The Way I Saw It.’

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February 9th, 2017, 10:28 am #47

You always come up with the goods, thanks once again
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February 16th, 2017, 2:50 pm #48

Piet Schweer was one of the white extra who worked in Bruce’s WOTD as the Italian thug. He had some brief appearances in this movie. One in the restaurant and another at the back alley where he and the other 3 thugs took on Tang Lung (BL). Of course, he and the rest were all KO by Tang Lung completely.

To make the characters of the thugs stood out to the audience, Bruce was good in getting 4 various types of thugs to appear in those scenes, a tall black guy, a fat white guy, a fair look black guy(?) and a tall lean white guy, i.e. Piet Schweer. Audience could still remember their expressions after all these years though they all appeared briefly in WOTD. Credits have to go to the director, BL.

Actually, Piet Schweer was among the group of Guailos (HK names of white devils) being picked by Bruce to play the extras in WOTD. Some of them were actually friends of Bruce’s brother Robert Lee, who was once a pop artist in HK. These extras knew music and would play the drums, guitars etc. while singing during the interval of the shooting. Bruce would join them in the singing sessions too. One of his favorite songs was a Spanish translated English song, “Guantanamera.” He would get one of the extra to sing it again and again until that extra got sick of it.

Piet Schweer is still alive and has put on weight after these years. He surely looks better than the thin, unhealthy look thug in WOTD. In his facebook, he showed few photos which he appeared in WOTD and he wrote about Bruce, “Only the Best. It was much fun (and some pain - real blows) to work with him and see him working.”


Piet Schweer’s WOTD photo in his FB:


Piet Schweer changed the role with a rickshaw driver. He became the rickshaw driver and the driver became the passenger. Funny pose taken in front of the HK’s Peninsula Hotel:


THE WAY I SAW IT (PART 5)
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(By Piet Schweer, February 11 2017)

Hi to all Bruce Lee fans in South Africa.

Again, I kept you waiting for another part of my little column. For over a month, I was cruising the rivers of Vietnam, with very little Internet and even less time.

So, there I was on the set of “The Way of the Dragon” at the Golden Harvest Studios in Kowloon / Hong Kong. Bruce Lee himself invited me to take part in his movie. Right away, the same day. He told me, that my presence would be needed for a couple of days (at the end, it was almost 3 weeks) and that I should wear the same clothes upon return the next day. I agreed to. Much too fast as I did not consider, that it was very, very hot in Hong Kong. I cannot remember if the studio was air conditioned, rather not, as all people engaged in action were sweating a lot including me. Therefore I had to wash and dry my shirt every night. (Drying a shirt with over 90% humidity is something special)

At my first day at the studios, they were shooting the scene in Jon Benn´s office and my job was just standing behind the desk, together with another guy, flanking Jon Benn as some sort of bodyguard. Well, I thought, that is easy. But it wouldn´t stay that way. Standing there, I got my first impressions about how Bruce Lee is approaching his scenes and how he is working. I am talking about the scene, where Bruce Lee entered Jon Benn´s office and kicked the lamp at the ceiling. To me, the lamp looked so high up, that I had strong doubts, that anyone would be able to kick that high. Bruce Lee did a brief warm up and began to rehearse his scene. Over and over again, he entered the room, looked grim at Jon Benn and kicked somewhere into the air beside the lamp. It took quite a while until several other people at the set were satisfied. I had no clue, at that time, who was doing what and had which position.

Finally the real take. Bruce Lee came into the office, grim looking, kicked and scattered the lamp. That only took one take, because Bruce Lee rehearsed thoroughly and extensive. I could not believe my eyes. For the first time I got an idea about what it takes to be a Kung Fu superstar.

Once in a while, Bruce Lee left the studio and I was told, that he is going over to another building, where the cutting is done. Obviously, since the filming was done on celluloid and developing took time, he must have checked on film scenes taken some days before. Means, that Bruce Lee had to concentrate on the actual shooting and the next minute on already finished content.

Later that day, the conversation scenes between Bruce Lee and Jon Benn were taken. Most extras were off the set, only myself and the other bodyguard hat to hold out, standing still in the background behind the desk. The rehearsals took hours, at one time Bruce Lee was not satisfied, another time the cameraman etc.. I do remember, that it took a while to get the right expression into Jon Benn´s face. He just could not look as bad as they wanted him to look. This scene was not done with just one take, it took several. I was getting pretty bored, as I had to stand still the whole time. But Bruce Lee never lost his patience, explained over and over again, how he pictured the scene until he and the others, were satisfied.

That was my first day on the set to “The Way of the Dragon”. An easy one for me. The action should take place the next day, or for you, in part 6 of my little column.

Btw. If you like my little column, please like it.


Part 5 link:
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February 17th, 2017, 1:19 am #49

Cant wait to read part 6.
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February 17th, 2017, 8:25 am #50

good stuff
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