I took martial arts because of Bruce Lee: Dev Patel

New York: `Slumdog Millionaire` star Dev Patel, who is an amateur martial artist, says he drew inspiration from Chinese martial arts icon and film actor Bruce Lee.

"As a kid, I would sneak downstairs while my dad`s watching `Enter The Dragon` really late and I`d watch Bruce Lee and he just exuded this energy. I was like `wow, he`s just a superstar, he`s just so different and just a breath of fresh air.` And I started doing martial arts because of that," cbsnews.com quoted Patel as saying.

The 20-year-old, who is playing Prince Zuko in action-adventurer movie "The Last Airbender", admits that he feels the pressure after the success of his Oscar winning debut movie "Slumdog Millionaire".

"People see me as a veteran already and it`s my second project. You have this unbelievable pressure coming off of a film like that, but at the same time, obviously it`s a blessing doing a film like that, and I wouldn`t have asked for anything different," he said.

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