WIRRAL martial artist Lee Charles today told how he hoped to follow in the footsteps of actor Jackie Chan after landing parts in movies.
Five-time world kickboxing champion Lee Charles impressed directors with his Kung Fu skills and started out as a stuntman.
But the former ECHO Pride Of Merseyside winner is now making a bid for Hollywood stardom as an actor.
The 37-year-old filmed I Am Soldier alongside Cemetery Junction star Tom Hughes and Star Trek actor Noel Clarke, who won BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Award in 2008.
He has shot a Lionsgate UK project, written by author and filmmaker Ronnie Thompson, called Green Street Hooligans: Underground.
Lee, who grew up on a council estate in Rock Ferry, said: “In Green Street Hooligans, I had a one-on-one fight with Scott Adkins [The Expendables 2], which was a big opportunity for me.
“On the back of that, I met with the producers of I Am Soldier. I auditioned and they gave me the part of the main villain Petrovic.
“I thought I was going to get a lesser part so I was gobsmacked to be given that opportunity. I think I almost started hyperventilating. I had gone from a small part in Green Street to all of a sudden becoming the lead villain.”
Lee, who teaches at Ultimate Martial Arts Centre, in Birkenhead, revealed how his disciplines took him to Los Angeles in 2006.