Scott Adkins is an English actor who has won the hearts of many action film fans over the years because of his excellent technique and diverse fighting background. Here are 5 facts you may not know about this beloved martial artist and actor:
Scott Adkins started out as a British daytime soap opera actor
He taught kickboxing to UK television writer Tony Jordan’s children, who later wrote small roles for him in his soaps. He would go on to alternating his time between daytime TV and stunt/action work.
His first movie role was in a Hong Kong martial arts film
He landed a role in the 2001 film Dei Seung Chui Keung, also known as Extreme Challenge in the United States. Adkins got to work with some of the best action directors, choreographers, and stars in the East, from Woo-ping Yuen to Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
He has trained in more than ten martial arts and related disciplines
Starting at the very young age of ten, Scott has since trained in judo, taekwondo, kickboxing, ninjutsu, karate, capoeira, jujutsu, jeet kune do, krav maga, wushu, and even gymnastics. His interest in acting began when he was 18 years old. He decided to mix his two passions and become an action film star.
Adkins auditioned for DCEU’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Batman/Bruce Wayne
The martial arts actor was hoping to portray the Dark Knight, a role which eventually went to Hollywood star Ben Affleck. Adkins, however, landed major roles in the rival Marvel Cinematic Universe. He shares credit with Ryan Reynolds for Wade Wilson/Weapon XI in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, and portrayed Lucian in Doctor Strange in 2016.
He is an international, award-winning action star
Adkins was featured in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing as the underground Russian MMA fighter Uri Boyka, considered one of the greatest American-made MMA films in recent years. He went on to win Breakout Action Star at the 2010 Action on Film Awards for reprising his role as Boyka in Undisputed III: Redemption. He also bagged the Most Accomplished Actor Award at the China International Film Festival in 2015 for his role in the 3D action film Wolf Warriors.