He's a guy who started as an actor, a television cowboy, one regarded lightweight. "Playing He-Man was pretty much my lowest point as an actor, it was a kids movie.He's now a super heavyweight, and he's worked his way there by hard work. How much could I do as an actor when I was running around in swim trunks and chest armor?He portrayed He-Man in the 1987 fantasy/science fiction film Masters of the Universe, and Frank Castle in the 1989 film The Punisher.In the early 1990s, he also appeared in films such Dark Angel (1990); Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), alongside Brandon Lee; Universal Soldier (1992) opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme; Joshua Tree (1993), opposite Kristian Alfonso and George Segal; Johnny Mnemonic (1995), opposite Keanu Reeves; and Blackjack (1998), directed by John Woo.There was talk of my doing a second one, but I wasn't available, and from what I understand, the whole idea of a sequel fell through. I was incredibly shy when I first got into the business, I still am to some extent.
After a long spell performing in direct-to-video films since 1995, 2010 marked his return to theaters with The Expendables, an on-screen reunion with Stallone, alongside an all-action star cast which included, among others, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Mickey Rourke.I suppose things come round in circles, and the audience got tired of that. It's kind of flattering but one way I like to stay focused is using my training.And now they're into old-school action again.[on his directing career] I'm influenced by Clint Eastwood. I prefer to channel my problems and inner demons through a character. I can remember what it is like when you spar with somebody and he hits you and you go, "Oops, this is real life!They didn't really understand about cameras, that it wasn't real, that you didn't need to hit the guy for real.There were two young Japanese fighters, and we had to teach them that you shouldn't kick the other guy in the face with any force. It was very physical, and I was just getting used to being another person, where what people perceive you as being is different than what you actually are.