Mark Dacascos, the Chairman of Food Networks Iron Chef America, is a role that he will return to this week as Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend arrives on Netflix. However, Dacascos is also one of the finest screen fighters we have ever been blessed to witness, delivering incredible action performances in the 90s and beyond that remain intact to this day.
Dacasco''s unique ability and charisma, coupled with his laid-back attitude, made him stand out from other martial arts stars of his era, such as Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme. Recently, he was spotted resurgence playing the lead villain in the solid Batman animated movie Batman: Soul of the Dragon, and reportedly joining the cast of the film Warrior for its third season.
Dacascos was also one of the best interviews on Scott Adkins'' excellent Art of Action interview series, diving into his career and life. It''s a pleasure to spend the day with him.
While some of his best movies (including the capoeira drama Only the Strong and Crying Freeman''s live-action adaptation) are not currently available to watch at home, these three are, and they all rule, touting en energizing displays of Dacascos talents.
This is my personal favorite of Dacascos movies, and it made our list of our favorite martial arts films you can watch at home. In Drive, Dacascos plays a superhuman escapeing a group of deadly assassins. His laidback charm, excellent looks, and excellent martial arts abilities suit the role of a bionic man. Along the way, he meets with a down-on-his luck songwriter (Kadeem Hardison) and a motelier in an early role. Pete
Drive is now available for free on Vudu, Tubi, and Pluto TV.
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Dacascos stars alongside Samuel Le Bihan in Christophe Gans'' 2001 martial arts action-horror period film Brotherhood of the Wolf as Mani, the formidable and ever-loyal Iroquois companion to Sir Gregoire de Fronsac, a knight and royal naturalist of King Louis XV. When the province of Gevaudan is besieged by a mysterious murdering a mysterious creature, Fronsac and Mani are sent to investigate. What they discover is
Dacascos Mani is a kind of guy who is not afraid to go toe-to-toe (and blow-for-blow) against a gang of devious combatants or a horrifying armor-plated monster. Seriously, this guy mightve 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 Egan
On Shudder, Brotherhood of the Wolf is available.
John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum
Dacascos wasn''t initially scheduled to be the lead villain in this film. Per his interview with Adkins, he was working with famed Shakespeare teacher Patsy Rodenburg when filmmaker Chad Stahelski asked if he would do a cameo in the new John Wick film, with maybe a line of dialogue and a brief fight. When the actor who was originally scheduled to play the villain dropped out of the role, suddenly our guy was in line for a much meatier role.
In many ways, the Wick series has redefined modern action, and the third installment is the most martial arts-heavy of the bunch. It is a shift for the series that suits Dacascos well, which includes Zero, an assassin hunting Wick, and a showtopper of an end fight scene on a floor filled with glass panes. However, Dacascos believed it took three to four weeks to shoot, and he said he almost approached one of those panes a dozen times. PV
Chapter 3 Parabellum, a John Wick book, is available on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu.