RIP Darren Shahlavi (1972-2015)

I am extremely shocked and saddened to hear about Darren’s passing. He was a great and genuine person, a true talent and a real source of inspiration. He was always very kind and supportive of me and my projects. I was (and am) exceptionally proud to have him included in Life of Action. Now, I’m saddened that I won’t get to share the finished book with him. His work and accomplishments will always remain his legacy and I only hope he …

Rope A Dope 2: Interview with Eric Jacobus

For the release of the much-awaited Rope A Dope 2, I caught up with actor, filmmaker and co-founder of The Stunt People, Eric Jacobus, to discuss his latest project. With the original Rope A Dope picking up numerous festival accolades and awards, fans have eagerly awaited the sequel. The great news is it takes the hilarious concept and style of the first film and raises the stakes, carrying the story, action and comedy to the next level! Eric and TSP have …

Remembering Mortal Kombat: Conquest

The long awaited TV series which ran between 1998-99 gets a complete series DVD release in 2015. Great news for Mortal Kombat fans. The original Mortal Kombat: Conquest series, which acted as a prequel to the MK mythology popularised in the video games and earlier movies, starred a wide range of talent including Paolo Montalbán, Daniel Bernhardt and Kristanna Loken. Plus, world-famous stunt and fight coordinator J.J. Perry played Sub-Zero in a couple of episodes, offering a rare chance to see …

Green Street 3 Gets US Release

Some great news! Green Street Hooligans: Underground (aka Green Street 3: Never Back Down) is in selected US cinemas now! Following this theatrical release, the VOD and DVD release is scheduled for 27 January 2015. The film was released in the UK by Lionsgate earlier in the year. According to the AMC Theatres website, after the worldwide success of Green Street Hooligans and it’s subsequent sequel, it was inevitable that a third film would be planned. Green Street Hooligans: Underground …

Happy Birthday Bruce Lee

I’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the late, great Bruce Lee. Despite being a cultural icon and popular figure (an Elvis Presley of Martial Arts if you will!), it’s important to also remember he is still an inspiration to many all over the world. Countless action stars, Martial Arts masters, even high-flying business leaders and others you wouldn’t readily associate with action, have cited serious inspiration from Bruce. That’s quite a feat. He created some of the …

John Wick: Don’t Set Him Off

I’m very excited about John Wick and, in all honesty, I haven’t been this excited about an action movie for quite some time. What we have here is a perfect, potent formula for a solid and asskicking action movie. Having interviewed the directors (and 87Eleven co-founders) Chad Stahelski and David Leitch for my book Life of Action and heard about JW from the guys themselves (even at an early stage a year before the movie’s release), my appetite for old-school action …

Black Butler Arrives in Live Action

There’s great news for Manga fans. Black Butler, based on the best-selling series written and illustrated by Yana Toboso, is making its long awaited entrance into the theatrical arena. Hiro Mizushima stars as the arrogant, demonic butler Sebastian with the movie being directed by Kentaro Otani (Nana) and Keiichi Sato (Asura) In the story (slightly altered from the original), mummified dead bodies of various dignitaries from around the world are being discovered with a mysterious tarot card left beside them at the scene. Kiyoharu …

My “Film That Started It All”

Big thanks to EasternKicks for including me in their ongoing feature titled “The Film That Started It All”. They asked many different people about their personal, standout Asian film which kickstarted their passion. You can read my piece here on the EasternKicks site, or read it below… Early in my life, many films had a profound effect on me and helped ignite my passion for movies. Asian cinema played a massive part in this. Although there are many stars I’d cite as …

Cung Le delivers A Certain Justice

I’ve been a big fan of Cung Le for quite some time. From his prolific career in the Octagon to his gradual transition to the screen a few years back, he has demonstrated a natural charisma that draws on his best elements as a fighter and performer. From supporting roles in the likes of Bodyguards and Assassins, True Legend and The Man with the Iron Fists, to recent leads in fight films like Dragon Eyes and A Certain Justice (the …

Filming Wrapped on Zoe and the Astronaut

I have just wrapped filming for Zoe and the Astronaut, a forthcoming feature. I stunt coordinated and played a supporting role in the film. In the story, a teenage girl suffering from Leukemia rediscovers her lust for life when a mysterious Astronaut crash lands near her home. The film blends themes of drama, romance and sci-fi and is intended for release at festivals in the near future. It is written and directed by Eke Chukwu, who I previously worked with …

Wesley Snipes: Return to Action

Wesley Snipes will return to the big screen in The Expendables 3. It’s an exciting move that many fans have been waiting for. Since dominating the screen as a proven and highly capable action actor in the 1990’s, Snipes racked up an impressive CV and created a long list of memorable characters. He also successfully transcended genres throughout his career, dabbling in everything from action to comedy and drama and working on critically acclaimed, culturally significant titles under renowned filmmakers like Spike Lee, …

Hard Rush: Interview with Gianni Capaldi

Actor Gianni Capaldi was born in Motherwell, Scotland to Italian parents and always nurtured a real passion for film. Growing up with a strong work ethic and an eye for business, he managed a string of family owned businesses in Scotland and even trendy nightclubs in LA before taking his first step into acting. His debut was the Poker mockumentary, All In, and since then he has tackled a variety of acting projects on top of his work as a …