While there are certain traits and qualities, like strength and fearlessness, that make some actors true action heroes in the genre, sometimes these traits are useful in other movie roles as well.
Some action stars have a unique relationship with family films. Sadly, this isn’t always the best direction and has left some embarrassing resumes on the CVs of more than a few action stars.
ten Chuck Norris played the role of himself in The Karate Kid Scam, Sidekicks
the years 1992 Acolytes starred Jonathan Brandis as an imaginative young martial arts student who was obsessed with action star Chuck Norris, which led to a series of Fantastic Worlds where he accompanied Norris as his sidekick.
While Norris has finally arrived for real to help compete in a Karate kid-like a tournament against his old rivals, the fantasy version of the character featured some truly embarrassing moments, which means a lot when it comes to the star of Walker, Texas Ranger.
9 Hulk Hogan took care of the kids who set traps for Mr. Nanny
Wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan tried to break into movies with a few sports flicks, like Rocky III and Without taboo, before starring in family movies like Suburban Commando and the always embarrassing Mr. Nanny in 1993.
A former wrestler turned bodyguard takes on his life’s work when he becomes the nanny of two exuberant children who are the masterminds of the traps. The film became well known thanks to commercials featuring Hulk Hogan (in a pink tutu) attempting to outrun the film from similar films like Alone at home.
8 Bruce Willis starred in The Terrible North, but fared better with the kid
Although he has starred in a number of action movies over the years, Bruce Willis will always be better known as John McClane from action movies. Die hard franchise, although it has also had a few family films of varying success.
Willis starred in several different roles alongside Elijah Wood in the 1994s North, who saw the titular young boy go off on his own while receiving advice from Willis’ various bad characters in what has been called one of the worst movies ever to be made. Willis did a little better with Disney The child in 2000 where he met a younger version of himself.
7 The Rock Ditched Action for movies like The Game Plan & The Tooth Fairy
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson looked set and ready to take on a new role as an action movie star after his 2003 appearance. The summary, where none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently handed him the reins of Hollywood.
However, he chose to make a name for himself outside of the action with a number of family roles in films like the 2007 one. The game plan, although the worst of the lot is undoubtedly the 2010s The little smile, where Johnson plays a nasty pro hockey player who turns into a real tooth fairy to learn a lesson.
6 Vin Diesel usurped his own action movie roles with the pacifier
While it doesn’t make much sense in hindsight to follow big appearances in films like Save Private Ryan, No black, and The Fast and the Furious with safe, kid-friendly films like those of 2005 The pacifist, Vin Diesel did just that when he starred in the box office bomb.
Diesel played a Navy SEAL who is tasked with protecting a family of five while uncovering the secrets of their father’s final mission. The film attempted to parody the villainous image of Vin Diesel by turning him into a babysitter, though it failed hard and became an enduring embarrassment for everyone involved.
5 The Spy Kids franchise starred Sylvester Stallone and Danny Trejo
Director Robert Rodriguez created the hit Spy on children franchise, which first hit theaters in 2001 and has seen quite a few celebrity cameos over the years, which included the recurring appearance of Danny Trejo in a family version of his violent and bloody Machete character.
Action star Sylvester Stallone, known for franchises like Rocky, Rambo and The Expendables, also appeared in Spy Kids 3-D: End of the game as the villain known as the Toymaker, though he arguably has more embarrassing roles in movies like On top and Judge Dredd.
4 Jackie Chan used high-tech gadgets in The Spy Next Door
While Jackie Chan rose to prominence over his long career for his martial arts skills as well as his risky stunts and fight choreography, he settled down a bit for The spy next door (2010), who saw him use high tech gadgets instead of his usual physique.
Chan plays a retired Chinese CIA intelligence agent who uses his gadgets to bond with his potential new family before being targeted by an international terrorist seeking revenge. While it had a lot of the typical humor of a Jackie Chan movie, it didn’t fare well with kids or adults when it was released.
3 Dolph Lundgren starred in The Forgettable Kindergarten Cop 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger was not exempt from the typical shift to kid-friendly films when he made the comedy Kindergarten policeman in 1990, although it turned out to be a nostalgic success that started a new wave of comedy films for the action star.
However, Dolph Lundgren couldn’t find the same success after a long career in action films like Rocky IV, Universal soldier, and The Expendables when he starred in the 2016 sequel Kindergarten Cop 2 alongside Bill Bellamy, which came out directly on video as both an embarrassing sequel and an entry into Lundgren’s filmography.
2 John Cena had to keep children saved by playing with fire
A number of wrestlers have turned to films after superstar careers, including John Cena who developed a career in comedy after a number of lackluster WWE-produced action films like Marine and 12 rounds.
Cena played the role of the superintendent of a forest fire station who rescue a group of young children from a cabin and are forced to care for them until the parents arrive. The kids take control of the station with burlesque hijinks that haven’t succeeded in making too many laughs.
1 Dave Bautista trained a budding secret agent in my spy
After an escape role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one of the guardians of the galaxy and other action movies like Blade Runner 2049, Dave Bautista starred in his own children’s game in 2020 called my spy it might have been better not to see him.
my spy introduces Bautista as a rookie CIA agent whose undercover mission is called off by the family girl he observes, who then blackmails him to become his friend and trains him as secret agent as he gets closer to his mother in the Amazon Original.
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