Many people inching closer to 60 may be drawing up retirement plans, but for Swedish star Dolph Lundgren there’s no putting his feet up just yet.
With The Expendables franchise reviving interest in ’80s action heroes, and his latest release The Good, The Bad and The Dead already in cinemas, a hiatus is far from the actor’s mind.
The western thriller, directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., sees Lundgren play DEA agent Bob Rooker, who’s in pursuit of Brian Barnes (Johnny Messner) and it’s a role the 58-year-old feels gave him the chance to stretch himself.
“This wasn’t a classic action role,” he says. “It is about a guy investigating his own crime and I thought the way he was written meant I had to play him differently, and I tried something I hadn’t really done before as an actor.
“His physicality is odd, he moves in a very stiff way and has a very macho, police-like posture. I usually play a typical leading man with a wide stance, but this guy moves and talks with a few different ticks.”
As we talk it’s evident that after making his name in action movies, Lundgren yearns for a transition, having not really been “that interested in trying to further my career until very recently”. In 2014, he starred in Skin Trade, a film about human trafficking, and it spurred his desire to capitalise upon his time in the limelight.
With three directorial efforts in the pipeline, none of them action movies, the Swede believes a new chapter has begun, especially after having to re-establish himself following a sabbatical in Spain.
“I had to build a career again. It took me five years to get back on the map so I could develop some other projects. There’s a time for everything, and this is that time in my life.”
The Good, The Bad and The Dead is out now in cinemas across Middle East.