CHUCK NORRIS STUNNED AS TERRORIST ATTACK MIRRORS HIS NEW MOVIE

Published on: October 3, 2001

AN ISLAMIC extremist madman threatens America with catastrophe when he smuggles an atomic bomb into the U.S. and warns he'll set it off unless three terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center are released!

That's the eerie scenario of Chuck Norris' newest CBS movie of the week, filmed four months before hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center towers, killing thousands of Americans.

Eerier still, the title of the show -- "The President's Man: Ground Zero" -- includes the name given to the devastated impact area in Manhattan where the towers crumbled to the ground!

"I am dumbfounded," the "Walker, Texas Ranger" star told The ENQUIRER. "When I saw the World Trade Center being destroyed on TV, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

"It was horrible, freakish. When we did this movie, it was the furthest thing from our minds that something catastrophic would happen. But today, it certainly seems prophetic."

Norris' chilling movie centers on a ruthless terrorist whose character is based on real-life madman Osama Bin Laden.

"We call him Rashid, but you KNOW it's Bin Laden," Norris said. "He sends one of his terrorists to the U.S. to study nuclear physics and learn how to assemble the bomb, just like Bin Laden sent his own killers to the U.S. to learn how to fly airplanes. Then he tries to force the President to release the three terrorists who blew up the World Trade Center in 1993."

American spies capture Rashid and bring him back to the U.S., foiling his murderous plot.



FAST FACT!
Chuck served in the Air Force and was based in Korea, where he first studied martial arts.


In the movie, Norris' character -- a college professor -- urges students to remember that radical fundamentalists like Bin Laden amount to just 1/100th of one percent of the world's 1 billion Muslims.

Tough guy Norris says those are his personal sentiments as well. He believes Americans should stay united -- and focus our anger on Bin Laden and other terrorists.

"This tragedy has pulled our country together," he said.

"Now, we've got to retaliate. It's time for terrorists to learn that they have awakened a sleeping giant, and they will pay the price."

Norris admits he has no idea what's in store for his TV movie -- because of the distressing subject matter, he's not sure it will ever air.

"I think it's important," he said. "It shows justice prevailing, and it shows religious tolerance. It was scheduled for airing in January, but who knows what CBS will do now? It's anybody's guess."