Bubbawheat, over at Flights, Tights and Movie Nights is running a little something called “The Comic Strip Double Dip Blogathon“. The idea is to get all us writey types to focus our creative energies on one specific topic. In this case, it’s exploring the performances of actors who have taken on more than one Comic Book inspired movie role. He put together a big list, making it easy to pick out a topic, and right around the middle of it, staring back at me was the perfect excuse to re-watch two movies I’ve been dying to revisit for years.
That’s right… Dolph Lundgren: Frank Castle/He-Man. Dolph plays Frank Castle in 1989’s The Punisher, and he plays He-Man in 1987’s Masters of the Universe. I’ve got a few thoughts about these movies in general before we delve deep into Dolph dichotomy discussion.
Both of these films are widely viewed as completely awful movies that don’t do any justice to their source material. Oddly, in both cases, I remember thinking that they were, in fact, widely underrated. On a more personal note, since I’m not a big Rocky fan (I like Rocky III, and acknowledge Rocky is something special), these two roles, for me, are Dolph’s defining roles. I mean, I can name at least two other non-Expendables titles he’s been in, but these two movies I remember as Dolph Lundgren movies.
So, without further ado… let us determine the answer to the age old question that no one has ever bothered to ask… “Who does Dolph Lundgren play better, He-man or Frank Castle?”