When Hell Horror ran this cast photo of the second of the web series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” I knew the moment had come: it was time to introduce those of you who weren’t aware of it to one of the great martial arts comedies featuring Kadeem Hardison and a stolen Yakuza cyborg heart of the 90’s.
“Drive” stars martial artist and sometimes Iron Chef Chairman Mark Dacascos, a performer who really should have broken out in a bigger way than he did in the late 90’s and beginning of this decade. Sure, he’s done not-great stuff like the live-action “Double Dragon” movie, but he’s also the reason “Brotherhood of the Wolf” was such a great kick-in-the-chest piece of martial arts/horror/action back in the day.
A natural performer with a much easier charisma than some of his contemporaries (Jeff Speakman, anyone), the most fun I’ve had watching him in a film was his part in the ridiculous/brilliant “Drive” from 1997. The film sees Dacascos using his turbo-charged artificial heart to stay one step ahead of hitmen, gangsters, and assault-weapon wielding hillbillies.
And you should watch the whole dang thing:
Oh yeah, and Dacascos will be joining Casper Van Dien as one of the additions to “Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,”, which will premiere on February 17th on its Machnima YouTube channel.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 features stars from television and film – many of whom have real-world martial arts experience. The cast includes Harry Shum, Jr. (“Glee”) as the warlord adviser Kuai Liang, Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) as martial arts film actor Johnny Cage, Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as Shaolin Monk Liu Kang, Mark Dacascos (Cradle 2 the Grave) as Kung Lao – a close friend of Liu Kang, Ian Anthony Dale (“Hawaii Five-0”) returns as the resurrected ninja Scorpion, and reprising his role he made famous in the Mortal Kombat theatrical release – Cary Tagawa as the powerful, arrogant sorcerer Shang Tsung.
[Source: Hell Horror]
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