Martial arts star Scott Adkins on new movie
November, 30, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
As a 12-year-old growing up in England, Scott Adkins rented the martial arts masterpiece movie "Bloodsport" and watch it three times in a row.
"I turned to my mom and said, 'I'm going to be a martial arts movie star.' She didn't believe me and neither did my dad," said Adkins, who had taken up the sport when he was 10. "They both thought I would grow out of it. That it was a phase. I decided then I was going to do it or die trying."
Well, fast-forward 20 years, and Adkins has taken that passion and turned it into a career, just as he said he would.
The 36-year-old actor has starred in more than 20 movies, including his breakout role in "Undisputed II: Last Man Standing," his stunt work as Weapon XI in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and his starring role in "The Expendables 2."
Today, he leads the just-released "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning," which is out in theaters and video on demand.
Adkins plays John, who wakes up from a coma to discover his family has been killed in a home invasion. Tough-guy legends Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme also star in the movie.
"I don't think I could have predicted the rise of mixed martial arts to what it is today," Adkins said. "It was always my plan to make this a career, but I never dreamed of what it has become."