|Sammo and me at NYAFF 2010|
|Sammo squares off against Bruce Lee at the beginning of Enter the Dragon (1973)|
|Sammo and his sifu enjoy a rare light momentin Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)|
My recollection is that, not satisfied with a surprise success, the suits at the network (CBS) and/or the producers decided to make it a smash hit by tinkering with the cast. Apparently thinking that what worked for Jackie Chan in Rush Hour would do the same for Sammo, they introduced a black man to be the star's sidekick. Unfortunately they picked Arsenio Hall (!?) and the show promptly started to go into the toilet.
|Sammo and Donnie Yen square off in S.P.L., a.k.a. Kill Zone (2005)|
The second season (1999-2000) found only Sammo, Kelly and Arsenio returning and the thrill was gone. If Sammo was as bitter as I recall reading that he was, he certainly had a right to be. Something wonderful was ruined 'cause some fools couldn't leave well enough alone.
|Donnie and Sammo again, this time in Ip Man 2 (2010)|