Bruce Lee takes on Chuck Norris at the Coliseum in Rome

Tougher than Chuck Norris?

Is this a joke?

Parade magazine is currently polling on who was the toughest martial arts movie star of all time.

The latest results show Lee with 53 percent and Norris at 31 percent, followed by Jet Li, Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Apparently, Parade readers might not have known that Chuck Norris was actually a six-time undefeated world karate champion – not just in the movies, but in real life. Bruce Lee never fought a real competition in his life, as Chuck Norris has explained in one of his WND columns.

Some confusion between reality and fantasy may have been inspired by the 1972 film, “Return of the Dragon.” As Chuck Norris explains it, Bruce Lee asked him to be in it.

“I want you to be my opponent,” Lee told Norris. “We’ll have a fight in the Coliseum in Rome. Two gladiators in a fight to the death! Best of all, we can choreograph it ourselves. I promise you the fight will be the highlight of the film.”

”Great,” said Norris. ”Who wins?”

”I do,” Bruce said with a laugh. ”I’m the star!”

”Oh, you’re going to beat up on the current world karate champion?” asked Norris.

”No,” said Bruce. ”I’m going to kill the current world karate champion.”

Norris laughed and agreed to do the movie, after gaining 20 pounds at his request as Lee wanted him to look more formidable as his opponent.

The now-famous fight scene, which took three days to film, can now be viewed on the Net.

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