Scott Adkins is the king of the action sequels, or so it’s been said a couple of times now. You’ll typically find him in parts 2 and up of various films, such as Undisputed, the Expendables, and even another sequel to Universal Soldier. He’s done plenty of standalone movies that weren’t as hyped and went straight to DVD or even Netflix, but if you watch him in action you’ll be suitably impressed. The guy is in excellent physical condition and makes any movie he’s in look just a little better with the awesome moves he has.
His acting ability is still kind of a work in progress, but it’s getting there.
5. He idolized Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme
As a younger man he had a shrine to Bruce Lee in his garage that he would bow to out of respect, and Jean-Claude Van Damme is one big reason why he got into martial arts. He eventually took over his father’s garage and made it into his dojo. This guy has been living and breathing martial arts for so long that most of the movements probably come easily to him without even thinking.
4. He does a lot of his own stunts.
It’s not so rare anymore for actors to do their own stunts but a lot of people still employ stunt people since they don’t want to wreck their own bodies in the process. Stunt work can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable as it’s been seen in the recent past, but Adkins has taken on some of his own stunts by himself and is still standing so it’s obvious that he knows what he’s doing.
3. He got to co-star with his idol JCVD in Expendables 2.
He played the second in command when JCVD played the main bad guy in the film. He was just as ruthless as ever and was one of the toughest villains in the trilogy to be honest. In many ways he was even tougher than JCVD. His character went up against Jason Statham however and you know how that was going to end. Statham ended up knocking him into a helicopter blade and that was it.
2. He auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman vs. Superman.
To be honest he has the physique for it and could bring a definite style to Batman’s fighting that a lot of the others haven’t been able to do to the fullest degree. But his acting skills still need a little work and as far as his characters go he’s always been an angry person who’s capable of calling upon a massive amount of rage. Other than that he hasn’t shown a lot of character development yet, but he’s getting better.
1. He’s been into martial arts since he was ten years old.Â
His interest in martial arts has been building since the age of ten and hasn’t stopped. He tried to go to school for acting at one point but was kind of bummed out when he couldn’t afford to pay for it. Thankfully someone saw what he could do and offered him a role and from that point on he was off to the races.
He’s awesome to watch, I’d recommend just about anything he does for his fight scenes alone.