One collector group for Çetin İnanç CIKO's last application was to find and meet with Mr. Osman Betin.
Osman Betin is one of action figures of Turkish movie history's most psychedelic era which lives at early 80's. He was second famous Karate sprotman after Nihat Yiğit during this era. Well known experience for years about Karate and martial arts he was also interedted with Ninja Training too. We met with him about The Years with The Bats & Ninjas.
For new beginners we must say Osman Betin is bad ninja leader of clan in ÖLÜM SAVAŞÇISI' - a.k.a THE DEATH WARRIOR.
Could you mention about your sportman identity?:
"I have interested with Karate in 1972. There was two first comer trainers for Karate in 70s. They were Hakkı Koşar and my trainer Ahmet Doğaner. All of two persons was also Cüneyt Arkın's karate trainers too. With Ahmet Doğaner's training I improved myself and I was a trainer in 1976, I worked with Cuneyt Arkin as a trainer during 80's, I'm interesting with Body Building and Fitness Training at last years."
How is your first begining with movies ?:
"We had a Karate Dojo in European Side of Istanbul in the begining of 80's. One day I got a phone call about to act in Cuneyt Arkin's KELEPÇE(DAYI CEMİL) - TURKISH DIRTY movie. I didnt have an idea about to earn money but I had a brilliant idea so I requested the scenes which I'll act will be shoot in our neighbour.
My first scene in cinema was fighting with Cüneyt Arkın. This scene shooted in our neighbour and when people heard it a lot of people about 80 persons and specially girls came to our saloon to begin Karate Courses. Of course these are funny remembrances, however biggest cause is of course Çetin İnanç to why I loved movie sets"
"I cant know second time his kind of person. My career began with his movies and I learnt everything about what wil I do the place where the cam. My Cetin Inanc times has two ages"
"My first age is our Izmir City times. For ex İDAMLIK was shooted there.Come on How can I forget it? There was most crowded square of city near of sea and Çetin Inanç said "we will shoot a hit scene here". We dont have any permits from local goverment, mayor ...etc also people in the crowd didnt know that we would shoot a scene.Fighting would begin in real time in the crowd and it would improve in people...
We were walking with Cüneyt Arkın in the crowd, we only described hit angles eachother without any prove than suddenly began to fight! When we began to action, cam was said action too. There was a bridge and we passed it by hitting, chasing, running in the people.
We were faster and enjoying so fight didnt end on the bridge and we run until near of the sea. There were some postcard sellers in front of the seaport. Cüneyt said "lets stop , I'll kick than you fell down and scene be completed.". We made a mistake cause Cuneyt kicked early so I felt down on the postcard gallery instead of down.Chase began again but now sellers were chasing us.
There was another chase scene in İDAMLIK. It was in a train. One of Çetin İnanc's ideas, suddenly he was thought it and shared it with us, we bought 4 tickets and get in train. Of course we didnt let anybody know that we will shoot. Camera, Çetin Inanc, Cüneyt Arkın and me.While we were walking in train Çetin Inanc said "there was a null vagoon" and he wanted to shoot scene there. We made it by improvisate with out prove.When Cuneyt Arkin jumped off from train at the final, I jumped too.. When I landed his face was fully white and he said "I wont jump again even from a bicycle"
However cameraman Salih Dikişçi was so calm and he was only exiciting to see 8mm negatives. I guess they were used to see that kind of happens before too.
There was a small holiday town which calls Foça. This is the other part of our Izmir days. We shooted there two movies with Turkish Bruce Lee Nihat Yiğit and Çetin İnanc's discover Turkish Stallone Serdar . We were specially helping to Serdar for fighting scenes, he was a wonderful sportman but he didnt well experienced at movies. Nihat Yiğit was easilier cause we were knowing eachother better as sportmen that interest with martial arts. So we knew eachother's limitations about what we can do and of course Çetin İnanç was supporting us to feel free ownselves.
We completed main story of ÖLÜM VURUŞU - DEATH STRIKE movie at hotel in one night. Çetin, Nihat and me make an appointment about it, next Cetin wrote dialogues on cigarette boxes and he was also wrote all scenes on his head. Amazing! He was an extraordinary person, this movie was an international movie cause there was full contact sport man Maurizio Martino who comes from Italy, his model lover Angela and Maurizio's sister's husband a Persian sportman"
"After İzmir days I came back to İstanbul and interested with my saloon. Çetin Inanc and his team also came to Istanbul after a while and they were continuining Cüneyt series.
Vahşi Kan was a Turkish Rambo movie, I was leader of motorcycle gangs, gangs were my students and my friends. There was caves and calm peaces out of Istanbul and this movie was shooted there. Vahşi Kan my first longer acting movie.
I was also acting in Çöl it was a weird athmospherred movie, almost all of scenes shooted in a tanker ship and I only acted some fighting scenes there. After this movie we get ready DELİ FİŞEK. I was main character of this movie during its first quarter, I was a psychopatic killer, Çetin fixed up leather jacket, hat, colormatic sun glasses, it seems wonderful but only my gloves, yeah my gloves were woman gloves in fact.
We were shooting final fight in a construction, Çetin wanted more action and adrenaline and he asked "could you jump from second stage in to sand hill?" I recommend "if we use hard card boards it can better", but he said "Cüneyt will also jump after you" and I said "Cool! No needs boards, I'll jump from third stage" by smile.
After I jumped from construciton I was almost be burialed in to sand and Cuneyt jumped from second stage by saying "Dear Osman, I'm getting oldie" "
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