When Dolph Lundgren was young, he was one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He made his film debut in the James Bond film, “A View To A Kill” which was only a small role. That movie helped earned him a shot at “Rocky IV” in which he played one of the most iconic characters of all time: Ivan Drago. The man became a huge star after “Rocky IV”, he kept starring in bigger and bigger roles. After Rocky, Dolph earned his first leading role in a major film which was “Masters of the Universe” in which he played He-Man based on the famous cartoon series. Sadly, “Masters of the Universe” was a box-office failure but he will forever be known as He-Man. After that film, he did some pretty big action movies like “The Punisher” (based on the Marvel comic), “I Come In Peace”, “Universal Soldier” (a sci-fi action flick in which he starred with Jean Claude Van Damme, the movie was a box office smash), “Red Scorpion”, “Johnny Mnemonic” and other films. After all these movies, Dolph Lundgren suddenly disappeared from Hollywood.
Well, to be honest with you, Dolph never really has gone away. He kept making movies over the years but most of his movies were direct to Video/DVD films. He hasn’t starred in a big screen role again until Sylvester Stallone wanted him for the first “Expendables” movie. Ever since the first Expendables, it really does seem like Dolph’s film career has taken off and he’s a successful actor again after all these years.
After the first Expendables, Dolph starred in Expendables 2 & 3. After those movies, he continued to make Direct to DVD movies but in the year 2018, it seems that was a big year for Dolph in the movies. He starred in two HUGE roles in 2018: “Creed II” (in which he reprises his role as Ivan Drago) and now he’s the main villain in “Aquaman”. Two big movies in one year. Wow, incredible. Congrats Dolph!
I hope he gets more big roles in 2019 and he probably will. I think Dolph is an incredibly underrated actor and he totally deserves more recognition. Dolph is an actor who can play both the good guy and the bad guy very well! It seems that people has stopped caring about Dolph Lundgren over the years but I think he will win respect back after “Creed II” and “Aquaman” ’cause he did real good in those movies.
Some of you may ask, why does Dolph continue to act in straight-to-DVD movies more than big screen movies? Well, he tries to get big screen movies but for him, they’re hard to get. Dolph continues to make straight-to-DVD stuff ’cause he just wants to continue working, ya know? He just loves acting and loves making movies and he wants to keep at it. To me, it seems like he doesn’t care whether or not a movie is big, he just wants to work. I think he’s a talented man and always liked watching his movies. I’ve watched a lot of his straight-to-DVD work and even some of those movies are good too.
It’s nice to see Dolph get recognized in Hollywood again. Will he get another big screen role in 2019? He probably will so we’ll have to wait and see. When “Expendables 4” happens, he’ll probably star in that one but I hope he stars in other big movies too. Dolph has always been one of my favorite actors. Admired him for a pretty long time.