The transcript below is from the video “The Real Reason Hollywood Won’t Cast These Action Stars” by Looper.

Looper (YouTube Channel on go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games):

“Hollywood is an ever-changing landscape and nobody knows that better than action stars of years gone by. From world-karate champions to kung fu prodigies, these actors were born to be action heroes. But, for one reason or another, they all wore out their welcome in the movie business.”

Looper (YouTube Channel on go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games):

“Brian Bosworth was playing the villain long before he got to Hollywood. A college football, All-American at the University of Oklahoma, ‘The Boz’ was the best young linebacker in the country in the mid-80s. But he was also the most controversial.”

Brian Bosworth:

“I enjoy dishing out pain. I enjoy getting pain. I thrive off of that.”

Looper (YouTube Channel on go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games):

“The NCAA banned Bosworth from competing in the 1987 Orange Bowl after he tested positive for steroids. In protest, he attended a nationally-televised game wearing a t-shirt with a slogan that insulted the NCAA. Despite these antics, Bosworth was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks and went on to play three seasons in the NFL before shoulder injury forced him to change careers. Before long, Hollywood cast him as an Alabama cop at war with a biker gang in 1991’s Stone Cold, though critics thought he was upstaged by Lance Henriksen. Bosworth went on to appear in a string of tough-guy roles as the 90s decade faded, taking his career with it. He found Jesus later in life and still pops up in the occasional faith-based movie.”

Looper (YouTube Channel on go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games):

“Little known character actor Fred Ward was poised to become Hollywood’s next big action hero at one point. A former boxer and military man, Ward’s manly resume and chiseled features made him an ideal fit for the genre. After the air force and various Italian movies, Ward’s first American film of note was 1979’s ‘Escape from Alcatraz,’ in which he played one of the convicts trying to break out of the notorious island prison. His performance made an impression, earning him the lead in 1982’s ‘Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann.’ Ward plays a dirt-bike racer who accidentally travels back in time to the Wild West where a band of outlaws try to steal his motorcycle. The movie was so bad that some critics walked out, but Ward would be given one more shot at stardom. Unfortunately for him, 1985’s ‘Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins’ earned back less than half its budget. As the title suggests, the film was intended to launch a franchise. Orion Pictures reportedly wanted to create an American James Bond, but Remo William’s reception didn’t spawn any sequels. Ward’s brief stint as a leading man was over.”


“Who are you?”

Remo Williams:

“Would you believe we’re the good guys?”

Looper (YouTube Channel on go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games):

“When Hong Kong producers traveled to the States in search for the next Bruce Lee in 1983, nobody expected them to recruit a female martial artist. The Hong Kong film industry was dominated by men back then but that had never stopped Cynthia Rothrock before. Rothrock was a karate champion who defended her title against male competitors in an era when there wasn’t a dedicated women’s league. Film producers recognized her cinematic potential and signed her up to a three-movie deal. Rothrock proved extremely popular with movie-goers in Hong Kong, where she became known as the ‘Blonde Fury.’ She ended up making a total of ten movies overseas before returning to America to launch an assault on Hollywood. Sadly, it didn’t pan out. Despite her success overseas, Rothrock usually played second fiddle to male American stars. She half-expected a call when ‘The Expendables’ brought together a bunch of action stars from years gone by, but the phone never rang.”

Looper (YouTube Channel on go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games):

“French actor Olivier Gruner began his martial arts training at age eleven after being bullied at school. The Paris native joined the military after graduating, joining an elite unit, comparable to an America’s Navy Seals. When his military career ended, he got into prizefighting and worked the odd security job. One such role would change his life forever. In 1987, Gruner landed a security gig at Cannes. In a savvy act of self-promotion, the kickboxer decided to put up posters of himself around the film festival. One producer took the bait and decided to cast him in a role originally meant for Jean-Claude Van Damme. His first film, 1990’s ‘Angel Town’ exceeded expectations, and 1992’s ‘Nemesis’ performed even better. Unfortunately, follow up roles didn’t materialize quickly. There is a three-year delay before 1995’s ‘Automatic.’ Gruner continued to feature in low-budget flicks in the years that followed, but when it comes to Hollywood stardom, Gruner had missed his chance.”

Looper (YouTube Channel on go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games):

“In the early 90s, Canadian actor and martial artist Jeff Wincott set out to be Hollywood’s biggest action star. He had fronted eleven straight-to-video action flicks by that point, though they hadn’t been widely seen in America. Nevertheless, the action genre was booming at the time when Wincott was the full package – a proven actor and a genuine taekwondo champion. Wincott always considered himself an actor first and a fighter second. Hollywood didn’t agree. The Toronto native made a ton of low- to mid-budget action movies in the 90s. But when the decade came to an end, casting directors quickly lost interest. In later years, Wincott stayed on the scene with roles in numerous TV shows including 24, The Wire, and Sons of Anarchy, but his feature roles were all but gone. He still stars in short movies, but to say they get produced on a shoestring budget would be a massive understatement. 2016’s ‘Behind Bars’ cost a reported thirty-three dollars to make.”

David Bradley:

“You know, I remember my first protein bar. I’m an actor and I was doing dramatic roles.”

Looper (YouTube Channel on go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games):

“Texan actor David Bradley replaced Michael Dudikoff in the American Ninja series when the latter tried, and failed to move onto bigger things. Bradley, a former car salesman, skilled in various martial arts traditions, made his debut in 1989’s super low budget, ‘American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt.’ Bradley starred in the next two American Ninja movies before taking on the role of Jack Ryan. No, not that Jack Ryan. In 1993’s Cyborg Cop and its 1994 sequel. Despite modest expectations, though, Bradley failed to capture public interest and fell of the radar after the release of 1997’s ‘Crisis,’ his final film. Rumor has it he’s teaching martial arts classes in Texas, but as far as the industry is concerned, David Bradley has vanished.”

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