http://thecelebritycafe.com/features/14639.html (March 17, 2008)
(March 17, 2008)
The legend of Chuck Norris has crossed media platforms, but has now proven able to cross continents and even cultures.
Best known for his martial arts skills and tough-guy image on television and in films, Chuck Norris has apparently extended his fan base to
A report by Reuters describes how the admiration for and mystique of Norris, who arose to fame fighting Bruce Lee in the 1972 film “The Way of the Dragon,” and who has visited Iraq several times and was made an honorary Marine last year, has permeated the social culture on U.S. military bases in Iraq.
There is a small cardboard shrine that bears an autographed photo of Norris at a
Known as Chuck Norris “facts,” these sayings have long been a hit on the Internet (see www.chucknorrisfacts.com) and according to Reuters, dozens of
The Reuters report also describes how the strong fighter persona that Norris presents on film and in public appeals to the Iraqi security men. When American troops bestowed the nickname of “Chuck Norris” to Iraqi police trainer Mohammed Rasheed, who sports a handle-bar moustache that gives him a vague resemblance to Norris, he was at first baffled and then honored.
“Truthfully, I didn’t know who he was. I asked the Americans, and they said he was a great fighter, and that’s why they named me after him,” explained Rasheed. “They showed me a video, and it’s true, he’s a great fighter.”
Khaled Hussein, who is another police trainer, agreed, saying that Norris was a role model for the police in Falluja, a city in central Iraq which, until 2007, was an al Qaeda stronghold and the scene of violent battles with security forces.
“I’ve seen his videos [and] he’s a hero,” said Hussein, referring to Norris’ long-running TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger. “He saves the city, he protects women and children, and he fights crime wherever it is. We should all be like Chuck Norris.”