We’ve been fans of Scott Adkins for a good few years now; one of his biggest roles recently was in the dark and disturbing sequel Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning from a few years ago where he got to have some spectacular fight scenes with JCVD, Dolph Lundgren and Andrei Arlovski.
He also got play one of the main villains in the action ensemble Expendables 2 where he had an epic (but short) fight with Jason Statham.
Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear was one of the best action movies of 2013 with stunning action scenes and yet it wasn’t exactly a massive financial success. It went straight to DVD and got lost in the clutter of bigger budget fare and ‘fans’ who downloaded it illegally.
Scott’s most iconic role so far is as Yuri Boyka in the Undisputed sequels which made him a household name with martial arts/action fans. The fight scenes were incredible but the performances were also great and the film had an intensity to the action that most blockbusters lack. Adkins doesn’t need CGI to make the action impressive; he’s a human special effect and that’s the best kind.
Alas, Adkins still hasn’t had that huge role he so richly deserves; the man has talent and to me he is the next great action star. He has shown on countless occasions he is dedicated to every role and the action genre in particular, so it’s high time he had his moment as an A-lister.
Every week I watch Arrow and think this show could use more Adkins; I would love for him to play a character like Batman who is incredibly physical but also get to be brooding and dark.
The Punisher is another role he is born to play; imagine watching a Frank Castle with amazing fighting skills, awesome knife fights and violence galore. I want Netflix to do a Punisher series so if that happens; Scott is the man for the job.
The man is practically a superhero in real life so we could have a Marvel or DC character that can perform their own fight scenes coherently and give us something really special.
For his role in 2009’s Ninja, Adkins learned Ninjutsu, Judo, Karate and Jiujutsu and every fight looks fantastic. The sequel was superior in every way with even better action.
While watching a behind the scenes documentary about Uni Sol: Day of Reckoning, Scott was talking about how he worked with the team and suggested the stuntman actually kicked them in the face because it added authenticity to the role. The stuntman was like “Hell yeah, whatever works!” That kind of dedication deserves to be rewarded, by Adkins and the stuntman, for always wanting to make fights and action look as real as possible.
Check out the trailer to his upcoming actioner Close Range (below); this entire fight scene is done in one tracking shot and only proves that when Scott and Isaac Florentine work together, it’s action gold.
With Undisputed 4 coming soon, we can expect more spectacular action and for the record, they should totally cast Tony Jaa as an opponent.
With the Fast & Furious movies getting bigger with every entry it’s high time Adkins was added to the roster, if indeed there will be a Part 8… which we all know is inevitable.
Here’s hoping this leads to bigger roles in some blockbusters and Adkins finally gets the recognition he deserves… to be the most complete action movie star in the world. Hey Hollywood, quit looking for the next action star, he is already here.