Wheels on Meals/Fun Facts

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  • There have been many rumors as to what happened during the filming of the big fight scene with Jackie Chan and Benny Urquidez, ranging from the film makers threatening to fire Urquidez for hitting Jackie too hard, or that the two actors did not get along. While they were somewhat competitive during rehearsals and filming for the fight, they respected each other and at the end of filming, gave each other a big hug. (Source: "Jackie Chan: Inside the Dragon" by Clyde Gentry)
  • While on-location for this movie, Benny Urquidez (Mondale's Henchman) and Keith Vitali (Mondale's Henchman) decided to visit the various dojos throughout Spain to test their skills against the local black belt talents.
  • The reason that this is titled "Wheels on Meals" instead of "Meals on Wheels" is because of superstition. Golden Harvest had produced two movies beginning with "M", Megaforce (1982) and Ménage à Trois (Better Late Than Never (1983)), both of which were major flops. So the company's executives changed the title hoping this movie would avoid the same problems, which it did.
  • During filming, Keith Vitali accidentally kicked Jackie Chan in the throat after numerous takes for a particular fight scene. When Keith hit Jackie, he realized the danger of the situation and broke character by concern for Jackie's health. By doing this, Keith was yelled at by the entire crew as he was supposed to wait for the director to yell "Cut!", no matter what had happened in the scene.
  • Keith Vitali had accidentally knocked Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (who was also the director) in the head with one of his kicks, but learning from his previous lesson with Jackie, Keith didn't break character and waited until Sammo called "Cut!", which, according to Keith, seemed like an eternity.
  • All three of the main stars, Jackie Chan, Biao Yuen, and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, all were seen in Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon (1973). (Jackie played a guard who got beaten by Bruce in the underground hideout, Sammo played Bruce's opponent in the opening of the movie, and Biao played a tournament fighter).
  • Sammo Kam-Bo Hung had surprised Keith Vitali by telling him his character was going to be knocked out by a vase full of water near the end of the movie. When Keith was hit by the vase, he was knocked in and out of consciousness, though still managed to creep a smile onto his face as the whole crew were apparently laughing. Keith jokingly refers to this scene being composed as revenge for Keith's earlier mishap, by kicking Director Sammo Kam-Bo Hung in the head.
  • Benny "The Jet" Urquidez has a kickboxing record of fifty-three fights. Forty-nine wins, one loss, one draw, and two no contests. Holding a black belt in Kenpo, Judo, Jujutsu, Shotokan Karate, Taekwondo, Kajukenbo, and Kendo.
  • In Germany, this movie is known as part one of the "Powerman" trilogy, with Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985) being part two, and Heart of a Dragon (1985) being part three. My Lucky Stars (1985) ("Tokyo Powerman" in Germany) is not part of this imaginary series. Despite the fact that the movies share many of their main and supporting actors, as well as staff members, the characters and storylines are completely unrelated.
  • In Japan, this movie title translates as "Spartan X".
  • A still image of Thomas (Jackie Chan), from this movie, was featured in the 1995 Super Famicom game "Hong Kong 97".
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