Dolph Lundgren flexes box office muscle

Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:39am EDT
 
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After a 15-year hiatus from big Hollywood movies, Dolph Lundgren, the man who played Drago in "Rocky IV" and He-Man in "Masters of the Universe," returns to the spotlight as one of "The Expendables," the new box office champ in North America.

Lundgren, 52, has a master's degree in chemical engineering and speaks seven languages, but is still trying to shake his image -- especially in his home country -- as a "big, dumb, blond Swede."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR MOVIE BEING NO. 1 AT THE BOX OFFICE?

Dolph Lundgren: It feels a bit unreal. It's interesting how it happened. I haven't been on the big screen in 15 years, so to me, it's a big deal. It was fun to do it with Sly.

DID YOU GO TO ANY THEATERS THIS WEEKEND TO SEE HOW IT'S PLAYING?

Lundgren: No. I heard from a friend of mine who went to one of the Hollywood theaters that it played well and the audience seemed to respond to my character, crazy Gunner. That's always fun.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?

Lundgren: I'm writing a fitness book for a Swedish publisher that will probably come out here as well. It's about how I train and my life in sports. I'm in L.A. for some photography for that. Then I'm writing a couple of scripts. There's one I'm trying to finish up called "Skin Trade"; it's about human trafficking. Hopefully, I'll try to get a more famous actor as the lead, and I'd direct it and play the co-lead. Hopefully, I can get a bigger budget.   Continued...

 
<p>Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren arrives for the German premiere of his new movie "The Expendables" in Berlin, August 6, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>