Scott Adkins aka Boyka
Scott Adkins is probably the most versatile action star in the west of this time. He can take on a role similar to that of Rambo for his physique, yet he can spin like Jackie Chan because of his skills.
Scott Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England, UK. He comes from a loving middle-class family who, for generations, were butchers. His parents John and Janet Adkins raised him together with his elder brother, Craig. He was a student at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School of the same town.
Just like an ordinary kid who appreciates play and fun more than becoming the top student in his class, Scott would frequently sneak downstairs when their parents are already asleep to watch films all night. Because of this he always fell asleep during class. He was already very engrossed with films at a young age.
His interest in martial arts, on the other hand, started when he was just 10 years old when he came with his father and brother to a local Judo club. As a natural athlete who enjoys various sports, he fell in love with Judo as well. He even converted his father’s garage into his own dojo with a shrine to Bruce Lee – one of his inspirations – to train. When he was 13, he was mugged on a bus and this experience intensified his drive to train for he did not want it to happen to him again.
At the age of 14 he began learning Tae Kwon-Do under Ron Sergiew with the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB). He then moved to Kickboxing after a few years under Anthony Jones. Scott is now a full trained Kickboxing instructor for the Professional Karate Association (PKA). See more about Scott Adkins training here.
Scott’s interest in films never disappeared and he even developed a passion for acting. He enrolled in a drama class at Sutton Coldfield College. He was a very shy guy at first but perhaps because of his obvious passion and determination, he got an offer for a slot in the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Art which trained many of the established English actors there is. However due to their financial status, he found it hard to continue without a grant and was forced to drop the course. He thought there was no more future for him in acting.
Life turned the tables for Scott with an offer from the head of The Hong Kong Stuntmen Association and director Tung Wai to play a role in Dei Seung Chui Keung/Extreme Challenge (2001). This was a pretty good milestone for him considering that the best in martial arts come from this part of the world. This project served as a great learning experience for him in the field of filming and he considers it a “baptism by fire,” where he experienced having to do a fight scene for 14 hours, for two days.
While in Hong Kong, he worked with some of the known people in the industry. He did a teaser trailer with Director Corey Yuen for Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2001) wherein he was made to do a challenging task of executing a very long kicking combination, which almost caused him to faint in their hot studio. He also got the chance to work with Woo Ping Yuen, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and Jackie Chan.
Then acting jobs started being offered to him, most of which are BBC’s shows. Some projects include EastEnders (1985), City Central (1998), Doctors (2000) which was filmed at Birmingham’s Pebble Mill, and Metal Hurlant Chronicles (2001). He also played a lead role in the 2003 TV series Mile High where he appeared in the year 2004-2005 episodes. After that he played the character of Bradley Hume in Holby City (1999), appearing in nine episodes year 2006.
His movies on the other hand were Special Forces (2003), Unleashed (2005), Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006), Undisputed III: Redemption (2010), and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) where he co-starred with his other idol, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Scott was more known by fans for his Uri Boyka role in Undisputed II but some movie critics already noticed both his acting and fighting skills since Special Forces, where he played Talbot, an SAS operative.
It is no wonder why he was best known for Undisputed II though. He showed a great villainous performance and pulled off the Russian accent perfectly. Moreover, he demonstrated how much he can do as a martial artist. But as the humble person that Scott is, he shared that JJ Perry was the one who pushed him to his limits, resulting in the movie’s incredible fight exhibitions.
In Undisputed III he was awarded Breakout Action Star in the Action on Film International Film Festival, USA.
Scott got some guest starring roles too – The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Tournament (2009), and The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) in which he shared the Weapon XI role with Ryan Reynolds. He was also offered a role in The Expendables (2010), but disappointedly had to turn it down for personal reasons. In 2012 he was finally able to join the greatest action stars in The Expendables 2 as Hector.
Ninja (2009) was his first project with the lead role, though he admittedly shared that the movie was disappointing even for him. They made Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear (2013) with the intention of correcting mistakes from the first one, and he was surprised that it made even more money than Undisputed III.
His latest movie is The Legend of Hercules (2014) as King Amphityron, the step father of Hercules. And right now, fans are looking forward to the release of his next projects such as Wolf War (with martial artist and director Wu Jing, as the lead villain named Tom Cat), Undisputed 4, and Close Range.
Last year fans were talking about Scott becoming Batman. Needless to say, everybody was thrilled with the rumor that he will be the next Batman, citing how fit he is for the role – as opposed to other actors who lacks the skills of Bruce Wayne as a martial artist. Fans were very excited they even created a Facebook page to help bring the rumor into reality. In a recent interview he confirmed that he auditioned for the role but did not make it.
There are a lot of reasons why Scott has such supportive fans, aside from the fact that he is Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ben Affleck (for his charms) all rolled into one. He is a very humble type of action star, not really concerned with politics in the industry but only with giving the audience quality action films which can even level up with the martial arts movies made in the East. He does not care if he lives or dies at the end of a movie as long as he can entertain and please his audience with his martial arts and acting skills. He also makes sure to acknowledge the work of his colleagues whenever he is praised for his films.
Down-to-earth and with an obvious love in acting, he aims at improving his skills in this aspect as he knows that he cannot be a martial artist for the rest of his life.
Anyone who follows him can say that he is a very sincere and simple person in spite of all his achievements. No doubt his fans really love him that they really support him in advancing in his career.
Scott Adkins official site; http://www.scottadkins.com/