The man, the myth, the legend himself, Chuck Norris, speaks to Screen Rant about his career in martial arts, action movies and World of Tanks.
Over the course of 80 years, Chuck Norris has done it all. He served in the military before becoming one of the most universally recognized martial artists of all time, and his skills led to a successful career in movies, starting with a legendary battle against the great Bruce Lee in the iconic action movie, Away from the dragon, before he became one of the most prominent action heroes of the 1980s. His 90s television series, Walker, Texas Ranger, ran for 200 episodes on CBS and remains a cult classic to this day due to its mix of martial arts, cowboy heroes and moralistic stories.
Today, Norris is an internet legend, with countless scenes from his shows and movies turning into viral sensations alongside “Chuck Norris Facts,” an endless list of bizarre tidbits about the action star. Now Norris is extending its global dominance to Wargaming World of tanks videogame. The military-themed simulation title puts players behind the steps of some of history’s most iconic armored vehicles in an online multiplayer battle for survival. The title’s enduring popularity seems to have caught Norris’ attention, and the Missing in Action star has opted to lend his talents to this year’s Holiday Ops event, which runs from December 9 to January 11. , as well as 32 new missions, one for each day of the event. “Chuck’s Challenge” is like an advent calendar, but with more explosions.
When promoting it World of tanks During the Holiday Ops event, Chuck Norris spoke to Screen Rant about his work on the video game and shares some of the stories from his career as a military, martial artist and action hero. He talks about why he was drawn to a game that’s more than just “ your typical military shooter, ” and even recommends some of his best movies that a newcomer might want to watch to instantly become a Chuck Norris scholar!
World of tanks is free to play on consoles and PC.
There are many video games about the military. Why did you choose World of Tanks over any of its rivals and competitors?
As you know, I served in the armed forces, so World of Tanks is kind of a kindred spirit to me, and it’s not your typical military shooter: it’s one where you have to come up with a strategy to secure victory. The game also features a huge amount of armored vehicles from different countries and eras and provides a lot of detail about the history of tank building. You can tell that the guys behind the game are extremely passionate about history, especially when it comes to military vehicles, and this is clearly reflected in everything they do.
Some of your younger fans may not know that you are a true military veteran, who served in the Air Force from 1958 to 1962. Are there lessons you’ve learned in the military that will continue to guide you, knowledge from that chapter in your life that you want to share with your fans?
My time in the military has helped me grow up and prepare for adulthood. It was also where I started training in the martial arts while stationed in Korea. I came home with a black belt in Tang Soo Do, known today as Taekwondo. And also a brown belt in judo.
You’ve played in tons of action adventures from Missing in Action to Delta Force and countless others. Do you have a particular favorite movie of yours that you want to share with the Screen Rant reader? If some unfortunate soul had inexplicably never seen any of your movies, where would you start them?
My film career has been a memorable journey. I starred in my first big movie with Bruce Lee, Way of the Dragon. It was epic and the fight scene between Bruce and I took place in the Rome Colosseum. It’s a fight everyone remembers to this day. I think your readers will enjoy Lone Wolf McQuade, Code of Silence and my Missing in Action movies.
What is your favorite tank? Have you been lucky enough to take it for a ride, or at least play in World of Tanks?
When I served in the Air Force, the backbone of the US tank detachments was the M48A1 Patton. And yes, I was lucky enough to come across this vehicle during my service. After seeing this vehicle in real life, it’s incredible how accurately the World of Tanks team has managed to replicate it in-game.
There are many different styles of martial arts and you have developed your own, Chun Kuk Do or “The Universal Way”. For those who are not aware of the many different schools of thought related to martial arts, what makes Chun Kuk Do special and unique?
I had the opportunity to train with many great martial arts masters in many different styles. After years of training in different styles, I mixed the best of each to create Chun Kuk Do, which means Universal Way. My system is now known as “The Chuck Norris System” under the United Fighting Arts Federation.
At the age of 80, both martial arts enthusiasts and action fans see you as a cultural icon. Is there any secret to your longevity beyond diet and exercise?
This is a great question … Maintaining a positive attitude and keeping your faith close is important. My wife Gena is also taking good care of me and my mom is still doing well at the age of 99 so I think she passed on her amazing genes to me. Ha! Ha!
We’ve all seen you blow up a tank with one hand in The Expendables 2 (and it was AMAZING). That particular tank clearly didn’t have what it takes to stand toe-to-toe with Chuck Norris. What advice do you have for players trying to take on “Chuck’s Challenge” in World of Tanks?
Two pieces of advice come to mind: “Think before you act” and “Always be one step ahead”. These two statements will help any tanker meet my challenge of getting the digital version of myself as well as other great prizes. You know I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, no matter how difficult, and I hope my fellow tankers aren’t either! It may be difficult, but anyone can complete Chuck’s Challenge. Actually I think that’s another good advice: “Never give up!”
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