July 29, 2012

Who Are the Next League of Action Stars?

We all know them and love them. Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, Willis, Eastwood, and Lundgren. The action icons of yesterday and still remain prevalent and relevant today as well with multiple movies under their belt over the next few years. However, they aren’t as immortal as they appear on film and they will depart from film in the near future. With that said, who are the next batch of action stars to take their place? Those actors have been a huge influence in culture and Americana in general that it is rather impossible to shadow what they have accomplished. However, life goes in cycles and new stars are born, but who could they be. Jason Statham is already a guarantee with movies like The Expendables, Crank, Transporter Franchise, and many other actioners. Statham is the closest thing we have to a Willis or Stallone right now.

Scott Adkins is the next big break-out star in the action genre. His roles in the Undisputed franchise as well as Ninja and The Tournament definitely prove his worth in the genre. He has yet to find that true break-out role to truly entrench himself as a star although he is definitely a fave within our circles.

Jet Li is another actor like Statham that has been in the genre long enough to have built a good reputation. However, he needs to be in a few more action movies to reach that level of action star. He hasn’t been in many films, but most definitely a great martial artist. We will have to wait and see although I consider him one of the heavy-hitters right now.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the brightest stars when it comes to action. He’s charismatic, tough, and can carry himself when it comes to the nitt gritty thanks to his wrestling background. However, his tendency to do family movies over action movies is his only detriment. Push the Disney stuff aside and make more action movies.

There are plenty of other actors that can fill in the role of “action star”, but it all comes down to their love of the genre and their overall presence.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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