Mark Dacascos, the chairman of Food Networks Iron Chef America, is one of the most well-known screen fighters we have ever seen, with his selection of amazing action performances in the 1990s and beyond.
Dacasco''s extraordinary combination of charm and skill combined with his laid-back attitude made him stand out from other martial arts figures of his era, such as Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme. Despite his recent career resurgence, he is also stepping up the role of director of Cinemaxs'' excellent martial arts television show Warrior for its third season.
Dacascos was also one of the best interviews on Scott Adkins'' excellent Art of Action interview series, which delved into his life and career. It''s a pleasure to take the time to get started.
While some of his finest films (including the capoeira drama Only the Strong and Crying Freeman''s live-action adaptation) aren''t currently available to watch at home, these three are, and they all rule, touting an admirable display of Dacascos talent.
Dacascos plays a superhuman escapeing a group of fatal assassins in Drive, which he has made our list of our favorite martial arts films accessible at home. Along the way, he joins an out-of-his-hand vocalist (Kadeem Hardison) and a motelier (a very charming Brittany Murphy). Pete Volk is a popular martial arts film for kids who prefer to watch them at home.
Drive is available on Vudu, Tubi, and Pluto TV for free.
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Dacascos portrays Mani, the formidable and ever-loyal Iroquois companion to Sir Gregoire de Fronsac, a knight and royal naturalist of King Louis XV, in the 2001 martial arts-actionhorror period film Brotherhood of the Wolf. When the province of Gevaudan is besieged by a mysterious rash of murders, Fronsac and Mani are sent to investigate. What they discover is a conspiracy that might end the French monarch
Dacascos Mani is a powerful warrior of few words and swift actions, a kind of guy who isn''t afraid to go toe-to-toe (and blow-for-blow) against a gang of devious adversaries or an horrifying armor-plated monster. Seriously, this guy might have given the Predator a run for his money. Brotherhood of the Wolf is a must-see installment in the canon of Dacascos'' best performances. Toussaint E
On Shudder, Brotherhood of the Wolf is available.
John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum
Dacascos was working with Adkins when director Chad Stahelski asked if he would make a cameo for the new John Wick film, which included a line of dialogue and a brief fight. When the actor originally planned to play the villain, the guy approached him for a much meatier role.
In many ways, the Wick series redefined modern action, and the third installment is the most martial arts-heavy of the bunch. Its a shift for Dacascos that is great, because he plays Zero, an assassin hunting Wick, and has a showtopper of an ending fight scene on a floor filled with glass panes. The series took three to four weeks to shoot, according to Dacascos, and he said he nearly went into one of those panes a dozen times
Chapter 3 Parabellum, signed by John Wick, is available on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu.