Kung Fu Kingdom: Interview with Michael Jai White
“Solid start Michael Jai White! So, who would you say are some of your biggest heroes or mentors in martial arts?
My biggest mentors personally are definitely Joe Lewis and Bill “Superfoot” Wallace! They’re the two fighters I’ve always patterned myself after, and I’ve been very fortunate to not only train with both of them, but also do seminars with them all over the world.
“Nice to know “Black Dynamite” made his first blip on the radar on set of “The Dark Knight”! Looking ahead, you would later appear in the title role in 2009’s “Blood and Bone”. What interesting stories can you share about making the film and the amazing end fight with Matt Mullins? Is there any kind of return for Bone in the works?
Funny story, “Blood and Bone” was actually finished ten days before I started on “Black Dynamite”, and they both shot at several of the same locations. So a lot of times, I’d be doing meetings for “Black Dynamite” while we were on lunch on “Blood and Bone”. It was great to have Matt for the final fight of the film, because it’s a challenge a lot of times to find the right opponent for an ending fight, especially when I’m fighting someone like Bob Sapp in the middle of the film. Matt is about my height, and we put him in a suit to hide the size difference a little, so it looks like I have less of a size advantage and Matt can really show off his agility. As far as Bone’s future, we have a prequel in the works, which in my opinion is better than the original.