“The Man With The Iron Fist” could be the oddest movie of 2011 — a martial arts flick that Eli Roth co-wrote with RZA, who’s also slated to direct and act in it as “a weapons-making village blacksmith in feudal China,” reportedly alongside Russell Crowe and, according to the IMDb page, Lucy Liu and martial artist Cung Le.
RZA’s love of movies, particularly of the kung fu variety, is no secret — beyond the influence on his music, film has become a second career for the Wu-Tang member. He’s acted in Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes,” “American Gangster” (alongside Crowe), Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” and others, and he’s mentioned in interviews that he’s directed a few unreleased films himself, including one “where I have white hair and gold teeth. Like white hair all the way down, but gold fangs in my mouth. So I’m like a hermit, a Wu-Tang hermit, with the warrior clothes on and s**t. And I have this special weapon, it’s a Wu-Tang weapon and everybody wants it so all the people are coming to get it.”
In September, he stopped by Fantastic Fest in Austin to present a lifetime achievement award to legendary choreographer/director Yuen Woo-ping — in the video below he discusses the influence Yuen has had on his career.