February 3, 2014

Ving Rhames: An Unlikely Action Star

When you think “action hero”, one name that probably wouldn’t spring to mind would be Ving Rhames, but over the past 20 years he’s managed to carve quite a niche as an action movie badass.

He was first brought to mainstream attention in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction in 1994 where he had a scene stealing role as Marcellus Wallace (Does he look like a bitch?) and since then has had a steady career in the action genre.

One of his best roles was as Diamond Dog in one of my favourite movies: Con Air. He plays a black supremacist who teams up with Cyrus the Virus (John Malkovich) in taking over a prison transport plane.

Rhames would star alongside Wesley Snipes in the first Undisputed movie, which interestingly enough was directed by Walter Hill. Of course, it would end up being parts 2 & 3 that would really capture fan’s imaginations with some guy called Boyka, but part 1 was still a fun flick.

The Tournament is one of the most underrated action movies of the decade and Rhames would be the star of that, alongside Scott Adkins and Kelly Hu. It had hard R action scenes, genuine stunts and fantastic fight scenes. Rhames was unbelievably badass in it and would be incredibly convincing in the fights.

He’s a big guy so fast-paced martial arts wouldn’t suit his frame but roles like boxers really work well and make him imposing as Hell as either a hero or villain.

He has a recurring role in the Death Race movies as Weyland, the head of an evil corporation looking for the next big thing in entertainment, namely people racing to the death.

He’s been in plenty of other straight to DVD movies like Caged Animal, Animal, Animal 2 and even played the iconic Kojak in 2005.

He’s also very popular as Luther Stickell in the Mission: Impossible series alongside Tom Cruise. He plays an expert hacker which proves how diverse he is and can play nerds, badasses, heroes, villains, etc. with ease.

I’d love to see him in an Expendables movie as I love his voice and find him surprisingly good at comedy too: “Naw man, I’m pretty f**kin far from ok”.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.

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