May 21, 2024

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The best Mark Dacascos motion flicks to check out at residence

Numerous people today know Mark Dacascos as The Chairman in Food Network’s Iron Chef The us, a position that he returns to this week as Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend arrives to Netflix. But Dacascos is also a person of the best monitor fighters we have at any time been blessed to see gracing our screens, offering some quintessential action performances in the ’90s and further than that continue to be remarkable to this working day.

Dacascos’ exclusive mix of appeal and talent coupled with his laid-back again mind-set built him stand out from other martial arts stars of his period, like the a lot a lot more powerful Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme. While he in no way acquired the shot at main stardom that all those other two did, he’s viewing a amazing little career resurgence not long ago, playing the lead villain in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, voicing a primary aspect in the good Batman animated film Batman: Soul of the Dragon, and reportedly becoming a member of the solid of Cinemax’s exceptional martial arts tv demonstrate Warrior for its third season.

Dacascos was also one of the most effective interviews on Scott Adkins’ excellent Artwork of Action interview collection, diving into his lifestyle and job. It’s well value your time.

Although some of his greatest movies (which include the capoeira drama Only the Robust and the dwell-action adaptation of Crying Freeman) are not now accessible to observe at household, these three are, and they all rule although also providing great shows of Dacascos’ abilities.


Mark Dacascos and Brittany Murphy holding an uzi in Drive.

Graphic: Simitar Amusement

This is my particular most loved of Dacascos’ films, and it designed our checklist of our favored martial arts films you can enjoy at dwelling. In Generate, Dacascos plays a superhuman escaping a group of lethal assassins. His laidback appeal, fantastic appears, and marvelous martial arts expertise suit the function of a bionic guy. Together the way, he groups up with a down-on-his luck songwriter (Kadeem Hardison) and a motelier (a pretty charming Brittany Murphy, in an early function). —Pete Volk

Drive is offered to stream for no cost with ads on Vudu, Tubi, and Pluto Television.

Brotherhood of the Wolf

Mark Dacasos as Mani in Brotherhood of the Wolf.

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Dacascos stars reverse Samuel Le Bihan in Christophe Gans’ 2001 martial arts-action-horror time period movie Brotherhood of the Wolf as Mani, the formidable and at any time-faithful Iroquois companion to Sir Grégoire de Fronsac, a knight and royal naturalist of King Louis XV. When the province of Gévaudan is besieged by a mysterious rash of murders perpetrated by some not known creature, Fronsac and Mani are dispatched to examine. What they locate is a conspiracy that threatens not only the community townspeople, but a plot that could topple the French monarchy if not stopped.

Dacascos’ Mani is a noble warrior of couple text and swift actions, the type of person who’s not scared to go toe-to-toe (and blow-for-blow) in opposition to a gang of devious combatants or a horrifying armor-plated monster. Seriously, this person could’ve offered the Predator a operate for his dollars. If you like swashbuckling sword duels, martial arts fight scenes, tricorne hats, and Monica Bellucci (’nuff stated), Brotherhood of the Wolf is a should-see installment in the canon of Dacascos’ greatest performances. —Toussaint Egan

Brotherhood of the Wolf is readily available to stream on Shudder.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Mark Dacasos as Zero in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

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Dacascos was not originally slated to be the direct villain in this movie. For every his interview with Adkins (connected higher than), he was doing the job with famed Shakespeare teacher Patsy Rodenburg when director Chad Stahelski questioned if he would be prepared to do a cameo in the new John Wick film, with possibly a line of dialogue and a quick fight. Dacascos agreed, and when the actor at first slated to enjoy the villain dropped out of the portion, suddenly our person was in line for a much meatier position.

The Wick sequence redefined modern motion in numerous means, and the 3rd installment is the most martial arts-significant of the bunch. It is a shift for the sequence that satisfies Dacascos very well — he performs Zero, an assassin hunting Wick, and has a showstopper of an ending combat scene on a ground crammed with glass panes. That scene took three to four months to shoot, Dacascos believed, and he mentioned he nearly walked into one of all those glass panes about a “half a dozen situations.” —PV

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is obtainable to rent on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu.