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Why Jet Li says he turned down Richard Nixon’s personal bodyguard offer when he was 11

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  • Legendary martial arts star Jet Li, whose full Chinese name is Li Lianjie, turned down then-President Richard Nixon’s offer to be his personal bodyguard after he performed with China’s national wushu team outside the White House in 1974.
  • His White House visit was the last stop of the team’s U.S. tour that year.
  • Li shared that after the performance, Nixon asked him, “How about being my bodyguard when you grow up?”
  • “No. I don’t want to protect any individual,” Li, who was 11 years old at the time, replied. “When I grow up, I want to defend my one billion Chinese countrymen!”
  • Then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger purportedly broke the “uncomfortable silence” that followed by jokingly stating, “Heavens, such a young boy, and he already speaks like a diplomat!”

Legendary martial arts star Jet Li once turned down then-President Richard Nixon’s offer to be his personal bodyguard during a visit to the United States when he was 11 years old.

Li performed with China’s national wushu team throughout their U.S. tour in 1974. He first met Nixon during the final stop of the tour, the 59-year-old martial arts star recalled in his now-offline essay

Manny Pacquiao Hung Out With Jack Ma and Facetimed Jet Li

Manny Pacquiao

The Philippine’s fighting senator and renowned boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao met with Alibaba’s former CEO Jack Ma for the second time this year and FaceTimed with martial artist Jet Li.

The meet up happened on October 26 at a Chinese restaurant in Hangzhou, China where the 40-year-old Filipino boxer and his wife, Jinkee Pacquiao, had dinner with Ma, according to South China Morning Post.

Jet Li Reveals Why He Rejected a Role in The Matrix Sequels

International action superstar Jet Li revealed that he was offered an important role in “The Matrix” sequels back in the early 2000s but decided to turn it down.

During an interview with a Chinese talk show, Li said he was originally meant to take on the role of Seraph, a supporting character featured in “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” Abacus reports.

Billionaire Jack Ma Fights Donnie Yen, Jet Li and Others in Epic Short Film ‘GSD’

Gong Shou Dao (GSD)”, the star-studded action extravaganza starring Alibaba Group’s charismatic founder and CEO Jack Ma as a Taiji Master, has been released and you can watch it in full here.

International action star Jet Li served as the executive producer of the short film which features an assembly of the biggest names in the Asian martial arts scene including superstars Donnie Yen, Wu Jing, Tony Jaa, Jacky Heung, Asashoryu Akinori, Zou Shiming, Natasha Liu, Yuen Woo Ping, Sammo Hung, Tony Ching, and Jet Li himself performing a variety of martial art forms.