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Scott Adkins: Five Facts You May Not Have Known

Scott Adkins has been called “the king of action sequels” on more than one occasion. Undisputed, The Expendables, and even another Universal Soldier sequel all feature him prominently in their second acts. Even if you haven’t heard of him, you should definitely check out one of the many movies he’s starred in that went directly to DVD or even Netflix. The man is in tip-top shape physically, and his presence alone can elevate the quality of a film.

His acting skills have some room to grow, but he’s making progress.

He held Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme in high esteem.

His admiration for Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee led him to study martial arts, and he even built a shrine to Lee in his garage. The garage he shared with his dad became his dojo over time. Because of how long he’s been immersed in the martial arts, he probably doesn’t even have to think about how to do the majority of the techniques.

He also performs many of his own stunts.

Actors performing their own stunts are becoming increasingly common, although many still hire professionals since they don’t want to risk injury to themselves. Recent events have shown that stunt work can be exceedingly risky and unpredictable; yet, Adkins has performed some of his own feats alone and is still alive, so it is clear that he knows what he is doing.

Third, in Expendables 2, he shared screen time with his hero, JCVD.

He was the villain’s second-in-command while JCVD was the film’s main antagonist. To be honest, he was one of the toughest antagonists in the trilogy and he hadn’t changed a bit. He was a lot harder than JCVD in a lot of respects. However, his protagonist faced off against Jason Statham, and that matchup ended the way you expect it to. The fatal blow came when Statham threw him into the rotor of a chopper.

He tried out for Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Batman v Superman casting call.

To be fair, he has the build for it, and he might be able to give Batman’s combat a distinct flair that the previous actors haven’t been able to fully convey. His acting talents aren’t quite there yet, and in all of his roles, he’s played furious people with a lot of pent-up wrath. Apart from that, we haven’t seen much improvement in his character yet, though it’s there.

He first tried karate when he was ten years old.

His fascination with kung fu began at the age of ten and has only grown since then. At one point he considered attending acting school, but he was disappointed to learn that he lacked the financial means to do so. Fortunately, someone recognized his potential and gave him a chance, and his career took off from there.

I’d watch anything he’s in simply to see him fight because he’s so entertaining to watch.

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