It’s been about a year since Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up to save an earthquake-ravaged Nevada community with a message of “winning without bullets.” Since then, Hollywood has come up with such just-plain-good-old-charm-and-compassion-packed-in-a-two-word-phrase blockbusters as “Fast and Furious” and “The Last Jedi.” But, if you’re looking for yet another shoot-em-up, check out “Castle Falls,” the latest film from iconic Austrian action star Dolph Lundgren. Lundgren tackles all your action needs, with nary a Terminator and/or Bond among his many campy hits.
Also, Borgnine’s old squeeze still has it. Lundgren’s got a new movie and family, so his latest manly look may be a bit … different. See for yourself.
Love yourself? Pierce Bronson, the legendary Hollywood tough guy, had an unusual version of self-esteem. A man of iron, he once told a magazine he felt “the presence of God” when he’d land a fight. Well, in this month’s issue of Men’s Health, Elisabeth Hasselbeck – from last season’s spiritual-family-watch TV show, “The View” – and “Castle Falls” star Dolph Lundgren share their tried-and-true ways to self-confidence. Loved this one? Check out the sample photo above, along with more from this month’s issue of Men’s Health:
The best and worst gifts (yes, really)
“I got into toy collecting in the 70s. Once I fell in love with this Tyrannosaurus Rex, in a very big way.” But what does Lundgren collect now? “I get toys from my children, [Lundgren and family member] Talissa, who have access to more stuff than I do. But I just bought a Suburban for my dog.”
Keep on working
What has Lundgren learned from 46 years in the action industry? “My secret to success has always been my sincerity,” he said. “I don’t act to be famous. I act to please myself.”
Giving to others
Lundgren has three kids with his wife, actress and former Miss Austria Angelika Harder. But, despite frequent requests to appear on reality TV, he said, “I love privacy.” He added, “I think it’s important to be in touch with your inner values, your passions and who you are as a person. Sometimes you may take it for granted and fall short of the mark. But I didn’t realize until I met my wife that I have something to be grateful for, and it’s a lot.”
When he’s not doing work and being dad, Lundgren can be found playing family man. The action star sits down for our weekly cover story with Elfar Wiitt, who worked with Lundgren when he returned to acting after a two-decade hiatus and is the daughter of Austrian-Hungarian actress Anne Sophie Duhl. The story you’ll read in the magazine reveals how they pulled off their big stunt-driving work and Lundgren’s extreme health regimen. It also shows the cast and crew of “Castle Falls” taking a major ride on Lundgren’s off-hours. We got to ring in the holidays with the Lundgrens at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It’s a year old now, but has certainly been a life-changing experience.
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