Feb. 26, 2013 | 2:08 p.m.
A former engineering student and recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to MIT, the Swedish-born Dolph Lundgren first burst on the scene as the Russian boxing machine Ivan Drago in 1985’s “Rocky IV.” Since then he has had a journeyman actor’s career, even directing a handful of films himself. But in the last few years Lundgren has turned from a where-are-they-now trivia question to a retro action antihero, with his roles in both “The Expendables” and “The Expendables 2,” the recent “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning” and now “The Package.” “Day of Reckoning” was recently declared “the best film of last year” by no less an august publication than the Paris Review. INTERACTIVE: ’80s action heroes reload For the recent home video release of “The Package,” in which Lundgren plays a ruthless mob boss, Hero Complex was able to talk with […]
June 22, 2012 | 7:17 p.m.
Hollywood used to find movies ideas on the New York Times bestsellers list, but lately it seems like studios are handing around an old Toys ‘R’ Us catalog from the Reagan years. Battleship, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Tonka and Ouija have all made headlines, and any day we’re expecting to hear about a visionary producer who thinks that proposed View-Master movie just might click. Surely, though, this ongoing toy story in pop culture can’t continue, can it? “By the power of … Grayskull!” Ah. Right. We almost forgot that DC Comics announced in April that “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” would be launched as a six-issue series in July. Writer James Robinson and artist Phillip Tan are crafting this new interpretation of the muscular Mattel brand that launched in 1981 and became a cartoon series in 1983. The premise of the new series is that Skeletor has […]