“Roundhouse Kicks and Rocket Packs”

"Which part are you interested in interviewing? His fist, or his foot?"

I braced myself for such words when I called Chuck Norris ahead of the inaugural Actionfest film festival in early April. But my fears proved unfounded, as his wife picked up the phone and thanked me profusely for taking the time to speak with her husband. She soon handed the phone over to the action legend and we proceeded to have a surreal 30-minute conversation about everything from his insecure childhood to what the world would be like under a "Chuck-tatorship." — Jake Frankel, staff reporter

“Since it was announced last month, Actionfest has hit Asheville with the impact of one of Chuck Norris' stunning roundhouse kicks. Except instead of bringing a world of pain, it's brought a world of anticipation to local fans of adrenaline-fueled cinema. …

On hand to introduce Braddock and accept the Lifetime Achievement Award will be none other than Norris himself. The legendary martial artist, action star and mythological super-human says he's pumped. ‘I think this is long overdue,’ Norris tells Xpress. ‘I think eventually it's going to be bigger than the Academy Awards.’”

Norris on if America was a Chuck-tatorship:

“Now if that was true, I would go to Washington, I'd line up every member of Congress, and I'd have Ron Paul, who I think is the most honest one down there, and I'd say ‘Ron, point out the honest and dishonest politicians.’

So as I'm walking down the aisle with all 535 of them lined up there, he says ‘He's honest, he's honest, he's dishonest.’ I'd walk up to him, nose to nose, and say ‘You're fired.’ And if he didn't move immediately, I'd choke him unconscious and drag him over to the pile (laughing).”

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About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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