He will never go down in history as one of the great actors in action film history. But we’d be lying if we said it’s not a gender icon. It is Swedish who has traditionally played Russians Due to his physical constitution, which responds to the stereotype, and because of Holywood’s interest in exploiting the historical rivalry between the two great powers, he remains at the foot of the canyon despite being 63 years old.
What not many people may know is that Lundgren has a brilliant academic past in the branch of Chemical Engineering with studies, scholarships and doctorates at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, at Washington State University, at Clemson University in South Carolina, at the University of Sydney and at the Institute of Technology itself from Massachusetts.
But Grace Jones crossed his path, bet on some modeling jobs in New York, and the first opportunity presented itself at Panorama to kill (1985) the last film made by Roger Moore as James Bond. Nonetheless, it was his memorable performance in Rocky IV later that year which definitely got his career off the ground. After a nine-month audition process, out of 5,000 applicants, Dolph was chosen by Sylvester Stallone like his fearsome Russian opponent, Captain Iván Drago.
And as is often said in these cases, the rest is history since Dolph Lundgren has managed to forge a more than respectable career as an international action hero in which he has starred in more than 50 feature films such as Masters of the Universe, The Punisher, Solado Universal, Johnny Mnemonic, Creed II, Aquaman o The mercenaries, among others.
In top shape
Precisely, the fourth installment of the saga of old glories of action cinema is scheduled to hit the big screen You’ll lead for that Sylvester Stallone who gave him his first chance. A film in which we can see the Swede in top form. And it is that despite the ups and downs of his extensive career, Lundgren has always had a close relationship with martial arts and fitness.
“Karate and exercise have kept me reasonably sane in a very difficult and often spiritually empty business“says Lundgren, who is a black belt in the discipline.” I have realized that as we get older, the most important thing is the general physical condition instead of being the strongest or the fastest. I use a combination of weights for strength, boxing for cardio, and hiking for functional mobility and mental relaxation.. The fight goes on forever ”, adds the actor.
In fact, the Swedish actor has always promoted the cult of the body. Shortly after Rocky IV, he released a training video, Maximum potencial, with his routines of the time and more recently he has also written a fitness book, ‘Train like an action star’, published in 2014 by Sky Horse Publishing and where he shares part of his secrets to maintain a body of 1.95 and 100 kilos in top shape.