The question is:
Who is the greatest: Chuck Norris or Mr T?
Before I answer I have a couple of things to say. Both men have been involved in some of the best movie fights ever. Chuck Norris took on Bruce Lee in arguably the greatest martial arts battle ever seen on the screen in Way Of The Dragon. Chuck Norris lost unfortunately (but fear not – he was paid to throw the fight).
Mr T positively mauled Silvester Stallone in Rocky III, the only time I’ve seen Rocky Balboa battered to a pulp. Of course, towards the end of the film, Stallone got his revenge by pretending to be a tiger (Mr T was also paid to throw the fight).
A couple of years ago, I was at the Manchester Evening News Arena, waiting to see a concert when all of a sudden, Chuck Norris came to my attention. He wasn’t actually present but there were clearly a few fans in the crowd. How do I know? Well, at the venue, it is possible to send SMS messages to a number and have your messages displayed on the scoreboard there. Usually you end up with utter bilge like:
Frank luvs Rachel xxx
However, on this particular evening, people were sending rather bizarre messages like:
Chuck Norris counted to infinity – TWICE
Chuck Norris is so fast he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head
Well I have to tell you, I was impressed. And I have discovered that there are a lot more facts about Chuck Norris. Here are a few of my favourites:
Chuck Norris never sleeps – he waits
Chuck Norris can slam revolving doors
Ghosts are caused by Chuck Norris killing people faster than the Grim Reaper can process them
Chuck Norris can build a snowman out of rain
Chuck Norris doesn’t do press-ups. He pushes the earth down
Chuck Norris can do a wheelie on a unicycle
Chuck Norris died ten years ago but the Grim Reaper is too afraid to tell him
Giraffes were created when Chuck Norris uppercutted a horse
Chuck Norris is the only man on earth who can kick you in the back of the face
Chuck Norris can punch a man in the soul
But what about Mr T? Are there similar facts about the mean machine that kicked Stallone’s bottom? Yes there are – here are twelve of the best:
Mr T does not break wind – he destroys it
Mr T destroyed the periodic table because he only recognises the element of surprise
Mr T is so scary that his hair is afraid to grow. The only reason he has a Mohawk is because it’s in his blind spot
Mr T invented the IQ testing system so that he could pity the fools more accurately
Mr T once won the Olympics – all of them
Mr T and Superman once fought for a bet. The loser had to wear their underpants on the outside
Mr T can beat a wall at tennis
The United States Federal Reserve Bank decided that Mr T’s neck was a much safer place for their gold than Fort Knox
Mr T once pitied the Sun – an Ice Age followed
There are only four horsemen of the apocalypse because Mr T is going to walk
Mr T once bit off more than he could chew. He ate it anyway.
Mr. T speaks only when necessary. His main form of communication is folding his arms and slowly shaking his head. And regardless of the situation, he is always understood.
So who is better? Both have kicked bums in films and both appear to be the best of the best of the best of the best. In order to decide we have to look further than films – we have to look to television. In the interests of research I recently watched episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and The A-Team.
First, I was amazed to discover that Walker, Texas Ranger ran for eight seasons and finished in 2001. That means somebody must have enjoyed it. In the episode I saw it was basically Chuck Norris as the good guy, protecting innocent people by kicking the backsides of bad guys into the middle of next week’s episode, barely breaking a sweat as the sole of his boot lifted his poor victims a few feet off the ground. I can see where the Chuck Norris facts come from. I know that if I were a bad guy intent on breaking the law in the United States, I would think twice about heading to Texas to do so.
Sadly, for Chuck Norris, I have to admit that I loved The A-Team. It wasn’t just the fact that Mr T played the meanest man in America; I loved the humour, the insanity of Howling Mad Murdoch, the way the team were locked in a garage full of enough junk to build a spaceship (thought they always chose to build a tank), the verbal sparring between Murdoch and Mr T, the way Hannibal Smith, clearly an old man, could kick bottom while calling the villains sleazeballs and chewing on a cigar, the way Face could con anybody out of anything, and best of all, the fact that they never ever killed anybody, despite firing hundreds of bullets and the way B.A. had to be drugged to fly. Each episode was totally predictable; the A-Team would come up against really bad people victimising vulnerable but weak good guys who were heroes in a previous life. The victims would include a lovely woman who would end up having a fling with Face, or on occasion one of the others. At the end of the show, a car driven by a bad guy would be flipped over by a well placed grenade and the villains would crawl out shaken but uninjured. It was simple and thoroughly enjoyable.
For that reason alone, I have to side with Mr T, a man who showed that he was so tough but had a heart made of more gold than he wore. And he was funny, particularly when dealing with Murdoch.
More than anything else, however, Mr T has recently appeared once more on our screens in commercials for the chocolate bar Snickers and they are hilarious. Here they are:
In conclusion, I think you know who I consider to be the greatest. The answer is (cue fanfare):
Chuck Norris has kicked a lot of bottom but Mr T was in the A-Team and has enough catchphrases to defeat an army of bad guys.
Please don’t tell Chuck Norris about this post. I really don’t want to have my door kicked down, the back of my face kicked and my soul punched.
I'm off to get some nuts!