I'm Dolph Lundgren, action star from The Expendables series, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Red Scorpion, Dark Angel, The Punisher, Masters of the Universe, and some other stuff. Oh, and I played Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. You can catch me on Race to the Scene, a new movie based reality competition show on REELZ, every Thursday at 9pm ET/PT (http://www.reelz.com/racetothescene).

Photo proof https://twitter.com/Dolph_Lundgren/status/345285283715100672

It's really me: https://twitter.com/Dolph_Lundgren/status/345215384862994432 https://www.facebook.com/DolphLundgrenOfficial?fref=ts

UPDATE: Thank you all so much for your questions, Reddit! Unfortunately, I have to go now. This was a blast!

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IamDolphLundgren3156 karma

I hear reddit is having some issues...http://imgur.com/giSzA0D

B_Roni1538 karma

Have the guys from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia reached out to you to do a cameo?

Would you have any interest? (Possibly as a brilliant scientist who can smell crime)

IamDolphLundgren1919 karma

Not yet, but I'm on board if they ask. Maybe not the mesh shirt though.

norogernorerunnorent1334 karma

Why did you kill Apollo Creed? Why?????

IamDolphLundgren2914 karma

Stallone made me do it. And he had a big mouth. I didn't appreciate his dance number with James Brown.

joec_951231242 karma

Is it true that some burglars broke into your house, saw your picture on the wall, realized it was your house, got scared and ran away without stealing anything? Or is that just internet myth?

IamDolphLundgren2050 karma

Something like that... They did steal a couple of things, but brought some back.

IamDolphLundgren1084 karma

Thanks all for a great time. Have a great day.

TexasCowPunch1027 karma

hey just wanted to say that you and arnold are the reason i changed my life around with lifting weights and losing weight. thankyou

IamDolphLundgren2218 karma

You did it yourself. Congratulations.

wolfpack2421875 karma

Good day Mr. Lundgren,

For me and several of my closest college friends, you are less of a hero and more of a legend. We have seen literally every single one of your films, and we're especially partial to Command Performance. When the first guy got married, we bought him a Dolph action figure that sits proudly on his desk at work to this day.

We have a few brief questions:

  1. Why did you choose to go into acting instead of pursuing work in your educational field of chemical engineering?
  2. If you could fight any historic figure, who would it be, and why?
  3. Could you please help us settle a long-standing dispute: Physically speaking, who's more ripped: The Dolph of 2013, or the Dolph of 1985?

Thanks for doing this AmA, it is literally the best one I’ve seen on Reddit yet. “Rock and load!”

IamDolphLundgren1206 karma

Thanks for staying with me for that long. 1. I was into fine arts when I was younger, I went into engineering because of my dad. Before I went too far in to it I decided to go back to my first love acting. 2. I have no interest in beating someone up for the sake of doing it. When I was 25 and he was 25, Chuck Norris and I would have made an interesting match up though. 3. Unfortunately, it would have to be Dolph 1985.

1Tidden781 karma

Hej Dolph! From a fellow swede, I have to ask you; at what incline did you run at in the Rocky IV training montage? That treadmill was f**king vertical! Tack för din tid! :D

IamDolphLundgren1782 karma

Whatever the maximum incline on that thing was. Probably close to 40 or 45 degrees

About this much: www.imgur.com/ZIU0Pop

Intelligoth759 karma

Dolph! Loved you in "A View to a Kill!" and your Ivan Drago is one of the classic hollywood villains. Is it true you have a Masters in Chemistry?

IamDolphLundgren1813 karma

My masters is actually in Chemical Engineering.

FeelzGood628 karma

Can you please just box Sylvester Stallone for real so we can all die happy?

IamDolphLundgren1578 karma

I need my gig in Expendables 3 so I can't do that.

Milene_Nedir608 karma

Do you think the movie "Masters of the Universe" was a good movie for your career? I Love He-man

IamDolphLundgren1031 karma

Everything adds up. I was young and it was hard for me to star in my own movie. There was a lot of pressure but on the whole it was a good experience.

Milene_Nedir488 karma

I think you did a great job! :)

IamDolphLundgren637 karma


adamcr151515547 karma

Cake or Pie?

It does say Ask Me Anything

IamDolphLundgren1381 karma

Pecan pie with ice cream and whipped cream

thetrashmancometh-1431 karma

If he pies, he pies.

BoldlyGettingThere1655 karma

I must bake you.

IamDolphLundgren1406 karma

That's good. I'll suggest it to Stallone.

IamDolphLundgren608 karma

I like that.

derpfaced541 karma

Hey Mr. Lundgren, I have 2 questions for you:

  1. Can you still beat Mike Tyson in a boxing match?

  2. How does it feel to know that you once punched Sylvester Stallone so hard, that doctors thought that he had gotten hit by a car?

IamDolphLundgren952 karma

  1. I don't think I could ever beat Mike Tyson in a boxing match.

  2. I can't take full credit for that. His workload was a big factor in that too.

PepeSilvia83497 karma

I don't have a question, just want to say "You're awesome". Thanks

IamDolphLundgren636 karma

Thanks yourself. I hope you enjoy.

pjhpmc436 karma

Thanks for doing the AMA. I watched Masters so much as a kid that I broke the VHS tape. I'm almost positive I still have it in a box in the garage.

I really wish I had something smart or important to ask you, but really all I wanted to do was say "Hi" to someone who, even though it was through a television screen, played an awesome part in my childhood.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again. May you always have The Power.

IamDolphLundgren584 karma

"Hi" back. You're welcome.


What is your drink of choice?

IamDolphLundgren1137 karma


Apart from that a tequila shot with a slice of lime.

marksimons408 karma

Any funny behind the scenes stories from making rocky IV? Also, did they attempt to get a hold of you for a cameo in rocky balboa?

IamDolphLundgren1405 karma

There are few that I can tell on the internet. When I first came out here for training and fight choreography, Stallone was going through a divorce. One piece of advice, don't get in the ring with a guy who has come from divorce court.

kknd69386 karma

Hi Dolph Lundgren! Big fan of your action movies from Fiji here :) I was really stoked to see you go up against Jet Li in Expendables 1. Did you have any special challenges sorting out the fight choreography, taking into consideration the height differences?

Edit: spelling mistake from adult diaper brand to awesome action movie :P

IamDolphLundgren559 karma

Stallone wanted that for comedic purposes. It was tough though. You have different people to take in to account all with different ideas - Stallone, the stunt coordinator and me. Still, it all worked out pretty well.

Nepharyte368 karma

It is probably pretty safe to say, if Grace Jones hadn't seen you at King's Cross so long ago, your life would have gone a different direction. If you had continued your education in chemical engineering instead of pursuing acting, but were still doing an AMA today, what would you hope this AMA would be about?

IamDolphLundgren867 karma

My Nobel Prize. Wait you only get those when you are 90.

How about my new job as CEO of Exxon.

icameforthecookies354 karma

Thanks for doing this AMA!!! What is the funniest prank you ever pulled on a fellow actor or actress?

Edit: it appears everyone on Reddit wants to contribute and ask on this AMA... whose ass are you going to kick for the technical difficulties?

IamDolphLundgren896 karma

I'm not a big prankster, but... In Bulgaria my stunt double came up with the idea of stuffing the toilet in one of the actor's trailers with fresh horse manure. He came running out screaming "Fuck you guys!"

want-to-say-this347 karma

What was your opinion of you being portrayed as a half man half dog scientist who sniffs out crime as a character in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia movie plot in an episode? I personally found it hilarious.

IamDolphLundgren705 karma

I thought it was fun and a very accurate representation of me. I'd be game.

TastyBrainMeats332 karma

What film role do you look back on with the fondest feelings?

Also - you're an inspiration, man. Living proof that muscles and brains can go together. Thank you for giving me an example to follow.

IamDolphLundgren571 karma

Rocky IV because it was my first. I've really like some of my smaller roles like in The Package. About a guy dying from a blood disease who likes to makes smoothies while he kills people. There is one scene in there that's worth watching.

sequetious308 karma

Hi Dolph,

Can you tell us what your fitness regime is like? How much do you bench or squat? Have your workouts changed since you were younger?

IamDolphLundgren943 karma

I try to vary everything a lot of cross training. Weights a couple times a week, swimming once a week, martial arts a couple times a week. I try to make every workout different. I don't really keep track of what I bench. I'm big already, I don't need to get bigger. I also meditate ten minutes a day. It's a great time to be still and be with myself. I'd rather skip a workout than meditating.

oldsoulhumor283 karma

You are my wife's favorite actor so she'd never forgive me if I didn't ask you a question.

Whats the funniest thing you've witnessed while working on the set of the movie? (Rocy IV James Brown/ Apollo Creed dance doesn't count

IamDolphLundgren823 karma

Your wife will love you more now. Terry Crews on Expendables 2 we are on the jet skis says "I don't do water, I sink." He sends his stunt double out who falls off and sinks.

Gibbonslayer4272 karma

Your the most underrated action hero of all time!!! How does it feel?

IamDolphLundgren625 karma

I just want another big pay day.

I agree about being underrated, but there is some fun stuff on the way.

Ching_chong_parsnip233 karma

Ingen fråga direkt. Men Silent Trigger var en av mina favoritfilmer när jag var liten. Ville bara ha det sagt. Tack.

IamDolphLundgren394 karma

Tack sa mycket!

smartassukrigga220 karma

Hey Dolph. As a male born in the USSR and fan of Rocky IV, I have to thank you for giving me a stereotype to live up to. No sarcasm there. You're awesome.

Also, why do you keep getting killed in the Universal Soldier movies? You deserve to be the hero.

IamDolphLundgren343 karma

Thank you so much. I started out as the bad guy and they wanted to keep it that way. Since it's about cloning I can come back as much as they want me to.

trinspice212 karma

who the hell came up with the idea for Brandon Lee to say "you have the biggest penis I've ever seen" in Showdown in Little Tokyo?

IamDolphLundgren283 karma

I'm not sure, but I think it was in the script. I don't know who came up with it, but it came out of left field.

ADHD_DUDE212 karma

Hey Dolph! Big fan. What was it like working with John Woo?

IamDolphLundgren392 karma

It was interesting. I've directed a couple of movies and you pick up different things from different directors. He's got a great visual style. He's got 40 new drafts every few weeks, but he's great.

miss3sixty187 karma

Quick question from a true fan: In honor of Loving day which was yesterday. You had a very public (And yes, racy) photo shoot with Grace Jones and were very open about your relationship. Did you realize what a cool public step that was for interracial relationships at the time?

IamDolphLundgren424 karma

I didn't really think of it at the time. It wasn't such a big issue in Sweden as it was in the US.

almadison185 karma

One of my favorite memories growing up is when I spent the night at my grandparents’ house and I got to stay up late, so I watched “Silent Trigger” on TV! My question is: What is your favorite movie? (It doesn’t have to be one you were in!)

IamDolphLundgren425 karma

Unforgiven is one of many

Godfather is also great

Gusten_Grodslukare176 karma

How much did your arm hurt after you broke the five blocks of ice back in 2010 when you were one of the hosts for "Melodifestivalen"? Fortsätt vara grym, Dolph!!:)

IamDolphLundgren222 karma

I hurt myself more in the rehearsal when someone didn't hold the wood right. I only had a few cuts from the ice.

the_guy_on_the_couch164 karma

Would you rather fight 100 duck sized Stallones, or one Stallone sized duck?

IamDolphLundgren639 karma

I think I'd go for the Stallone sized duck. Imagine the foie gras.

discountmemes152 karma

Any memorable experiences from working at the Limelight?

IamDolphLundgren426 karma

Drew Barrymore came in when she was 9 with her mom.

My fellow doorman was working on his one man show called A Bronx Tale. Next thing we knew he was moving to Hollywood. Chazz Palminteri

js1125151 karma

Mr. Lundgren,

Do you believe that the end result in your match with Rocky Balboa was mainly due to the fact he was given a much better training montage than you? Not to cow tow to a celebrity, but I am convinced you were one, maybe two, log lifts away from: a.) Defeating Mr. Balboa and b.) ensuring the Cold War went on for a few more solid years.

IamDolphLundgren351 karma

Possibly. The natural stuff is always best. I could have saved Rocky from making that speech. slow clap...

cobaltcollapse146 karma

How is The Expendables 3 going to be bigger than the first two?

IamDolphLundgren338 karma

If I know Stallone he will try to make it bigger. He will go for a bigger cast, bigger action and more marketing. That should do it.

near_and_far137 karma

Hi Dolph! I am always quite awestruck that you also studied chemistry like me! But I just want to ask: What's the weirdest customer you had to deal with as a bouncer/bodyguard?

IamDolphLundgren331 karma

There were a few. In those days the doorman, a little guy, would stand on a box and pick out the people were allowed in. At the end of the night he would empty his pockets of the tips he got. Money in one hand and vials of coke in the other. As a Swedish kid it amazed me.

WRATHCHILD78127 karma

Mr. Lundgren, one thank you for doing this AMA long time fan! Also wanted to ask I've heard about the amazing injuries that you guys deal out to each other on screen during action scenes and wanted to know what's the worst injury you've ever received during a scene? And what's the worst injury you've ever given?

IamDolphLundgren240 karma

I injured my ankle in the service and about six years ago a Harley fell on the same one. I've been really luck to not suffer a major injury.

BUDDZILLA123 karma

Mr. Lundgren,

What advice would you give someone who aspires to accomplish so much in life as you have? What wakes you up in the morning?

IamDolphLundgren438 karma

You need to have an appetite for life and getting as much out of it as possible. Life goes very quickly and you have to pack in as much experience as you can. Challenge yourself. You have to be brave.

internet_distraction111 karma

Hello Dolph! You were the first MAN I crushed on. I must have watched Red Scorpion 6 times before I finally paid attention to the whole plot. I watched it again a couple weeks ago, still magic. Then I had to go and watch He-Man too! So uhhh yeah, you were my first ladyboner >.> and I couldn't have picked a finer man. Thank you for setting a girl's ideals high!

IamDolphLundgren158 karma

You are welcome.

Enidster108 karma

Saludos Dolph: You are such a versatile actor… I enjoy watching your movies and different characters. One of my favorites is Jack Caine in “I Come in Peace/Dark Angel”. I absolutely love Jack Caine and his sense of humor plus his boldness.

Which one of the characters you have portrayed in your movies is more alike the real Dolph Lundgren?

IamDolphLundgren208 karma

Caine was a really good character, no chemical engineering degrees, but he was really a good guy. Like me.

d4ngerous107 karma

Hi Mr. Lundgren! First I want to say my close friends and I are all huge fans and Showdown in Little Tokyo is one of my favorite movies ever. More recently though you starred in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning which was one of the most jaw-droppingly awesome action movies I've ever seen. Is there any talk of making another one in the series with Scott Adkins as the lead as well as bringing back the immortal Luc Deveraux and Andrew Scott?

IamDolphLundgren179 karma

There is talk of doing another one with a bigger budget. I don't know if I'll be back or Van Damme but John Hyams is working on something.

InsideoutCat105 karma

Why did you stop studying chemical engineering?

IamDolphLundgren225 karma

Acting was my first love. I went into engineering because that's what my father did.

adenansu104 karma

Masters of the Universe 2, if you had the chance, would you do it?

IamDolphLundgren622 karma

I could appear now as He-Man's grandfather. In a g-string on a flying disk. Wielding a small pocket knife.

GoldenDickLocks104 karma

So, who's the most underrated actor of all time?

IamDolphLundgren344 karma

Besides me? Marilyn Monroe never won awards but she was a great actress.

Rage_1991100 karma

Do you say "I must break you" to people you don't like?

Edit:"I will break you" to "I must break you".

IamDolphLundgren280 karma

No. Only to talk show hosts.

DryEagle100 karma

What in your opinion is the best-looking martial art for film? (ignoring practicality since stuff like krav maga tops that but isn't really flashy)

IamDolphLundgren248 karma

Any martial art that is done well looks great on film. Done without wire work is the best. When they use wires it looks too unreal.

rovr97 karma

As a Washington State University alum, I love to remind people that you went to school there. What was your favorite thing about the school? Have you ever been back? Will you someday? If you were to show up during a football game, bricks would be shat.

IamDolphLundgren144 karma

It was my first time away from home. I got to know and like America there. I took me five years to make it back to the US, but I did. I made a lot of friends on campus. I haven't been back, but it would be a neat trip.

SirStones97 karma

As a swedish redditor, thank you for being such a badass viking. Do you ever get the chance på going back to Sweden? And what is the best and worst thing about Sweden in your opinion?

IamDolphLundgren231 karma

I go back quite a bit. My girlfriend is Swedish so we visit my daughter a lot. Best: The food is the best and my family living there is good. Worst: It's a bit small and can get boring compared to LA. They are also to easy on the criminals. You can kill someone and be out in a couple of years. They just don't understand violent behavior.

daboyz1296 karma

Do you still feel guilty about killing Apollo?

IamDolphLundgren387 karma

Nah. He talked too much.

KH14189 karma

Hi Dolph, You were awesome as a bad guy in Universal Soldier but if you were able to choose any film villain from history to play who would you be?

I hope you get to see this, I made my husband come home from conducting a choir of 130 people so we could get in on this and I may be in trouble if it gets buried! :D

IamDolphLundgren172 karma

Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum. He was a great brooding actor and he had an affair with Marilyn Monroe. Lucky guy.

GabeMacDonald81 karma

Were you satisfied with the punisher? Why or why not?

IamDolphLundgren173 karma

This will be my last answer today. Thanks to all of you for great questions. I was sort of satisfied. The action was good but the characterization wasn't up to par with the action. It was well shot and the costumes were great. I should have kept the Harley.

jadon197977 karma

If you could make whatever movie you wanted to what would it be about and why? I mean this without the restriction/interference of hollywood studio moguls.

P.S. I think you fathered one of my good friends... he's a spitting image of you minus the fact he's built like a stick. :D

IamDolphLundgren218 karma

I'd like to do a film about Sweden. I'm tying to direct this period piece, a sensual thriller called Nordic Light. I don't know if it's going to happen, but that's one I would like to make. I would just direct and produce it, not act.

topperharley8871 karma

Dolph, did you come up with that entire number you did at Eurovision? One of the most fun looking things ever

For reference

IamDolphLundgren102 karma

I came up with some of it. I said Elvis and came up with the drumming, they came up with the song. It would be a good number for the Tony's.

endrok67 karma

What do you enjoy playing more: the villain or the hero?

IamDolphLundgren128 karma

It's more challenging to be the hero, you have to expose more of yourself and that interests me right now.

soda__popinski43 karma

Any chance we'll see another Lundgren/Van Damme movie soon? Universal Soldier is one of the greatest worst movies ever.

IamDolphLundgren78 karma

Maybe Universal Soldier 14? Unless his twin comes back for Expendables 3.

Grimzentide34 karma

Did you have more fun fighting with Sly Stallone in Rocky IV or with Jean Claude in Universal Soldier?

IamDolphLundgren64 karma

They were both fun. Rocky was more work and a longer fight. We shot that for two weeks plus 10 days in studio. It didn't take as long to shoot Universal Soldier and Jean Claude and I had a lot of fun shooting it.

W3dn3sday34 karma

Big fan of your stuff btw. Thanks for doing this. I do have to ask after you got your degree what made you go into acting instead of that specific field? Also is it true that on the set of the Expendables Stallone carried around a big piece of iron just twirling it in his hands?

IamDolphLundgren65 karma

He carried around two wooden bowling pin looking things to keep his forearms in shape. They were these old school training devices.

funfungiguy14 karma


If you had to fight a dinosaur to the death in a Dinosaur Death Match using only primitive weapons and not allowed to set traps, what's the biggest dinosaur you think you win against? You don't have to name a specific dinosaur, just give us a size reference.

IamDolphLundgren23 karma

Any dinosaur I could get to chase me off the side of a cliff.