Who is your favorite action movie star? Ummmm, Dolph Lundgren…..

Today was one of those slow days at work and in the world of IT that can lead to many weird conversations.

And today was no different.

“Who is your favorite action movie star?”

To protect the innocent I will use nicknames instead of real names; so the question was posed to our favorite guy to pick on EuroCut (He’s a Banana Republic guy).  Now EuroCut is not exactly Ebert when it comes to movies, but we were talking about action movies.  What guy can’t talk about action movies?


The great thing about EuroCut is that it doesn’t matter if he knows nothing about a particular topic he will participate and say some crazy things; the guy has no fears of embarrassing himself.

So after deliberation and a whole lot of pressure from the rest of the group to give an answer, EuroCut confidently says…..

Dolph Lundgren!

Ivan Drago from Rocky IV?  Wait…. What?

Of course me being the movie watcher that I am, and I mean I will watch any movie; from 4 stars to B-star movies starring the likes of Dean Cain and Lorenzo Lamas.  So when this dude said Dolph Lundgren I kind of went into a rant.

“Dolph Lundgren??? I am pretty sure if you asked Dolph Lundgren he wouldn’t even say himself. As a matter of fact I am pretty sure he wouldn’t even rate himself in the top 20 of action movie stars.”

“WTH, out of all the action movie stars the 1st one that comes to mind is Dolph Lundgren? I would say Angelina Jolie before Dolph Lundgren!”

And of course I had to throw Carl Weathers in the mix fresh off of my last posting, ‘F-A-Natic Fridays – There is no Rocky without Apollo Creed…’.  I would definitely say Carl Weathers before Dolph Lundgren.

Others were just as shocked at the choice and we all had a good laugh at the expense of EuroCut.  People threw out names like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis…..  Eventually we ran off EuroCut with all the laughter, and when it all died down we decided to take a look at Dolph’s career….  We were curious,

To our shock Dolph Lundgren has made 51 movies!!!

Who in the hell is signing up Dolph for all these movies? I mean they are all straight-to-video, b-movies; but still….  I would have never thought he put in that much work, he was doing something like 3 movies a year.  You figure that he has to be getting something like $50 – $100K for these movies and is living comfortable, I fund myself having a lil more respect for the man’s career.

Not a WHOLE lot but a lil, HAHA!!!

If your curious or just bored here is Dolph Lundgren’s website; http://www.dolphlundgren.com/ . 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still taking Carl Weathers over Dolph. I mean at least Carl was the main star for a movie that people heard of, you know ‘Action Jackson’


As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

F-A-Natic Fridays – There is no Rocky without Apollo Creed….

Yup I said it!

There is no Rocky without Apollo Creed, or should I say Carl Weathers!!!

Now before all the Rocky/Stallone fans get on me just hear me out; I have a perfectly good explanation behind my statement.

Stallone did a great job portraying the character Rocky Balboa; a down and out struggling club fighter that has been hit in the head one too many times.  But in order to draw the contrast between Rocky and his opponent; you need an antagonist that you love to hate and who other than Carl Weathers could have pulled that off?  Not only did Rocky’s opponent had to look the part (boxer) but he to able to act the part.

I would go as far to say that Without Weathers Rocky would not be the hit movie it was, it was the perfect combination of showing how hard work pays off and walking the thin line of America’s need of a Great White Champion.  Now before you write me off as being a racist and example of the Great White Champion theory just think back to the hype around Gerry Cooney.   Also, remember Eddie Murphy‘s Rocky bit? 

With the desire to root for the underdog and you add Carl Weathers’ over the top cockiness and you got the perfect movie, and there was no one else at that time that could have pulled off that role.  Who else could have played Creed, Billy Dee Williams???


You all might be asking, why write about Carl Weathers and his impact on Rocky???  Well, recently they have been showing Rocky 1, 2, and 3 and it got me thinking how great Carl was and how Stallone really owes Weathers for his success.

So when ‘Expendables’ came out with Stallone, Schwarzenegger (who also owes Carl for ‘Predator’), and Bruce Willis where was Carl Weathers?  Where is the love???

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!