Scott Adkins was born on the 17th June 1976, in Sutton Coldfield, England, UK and is an actor and martial artist well known for playing the role of Boyka in the action films “Undisputed II: Last Man Standing” (2006) and “Undisputed III: Redemption” (2010). He also worked as a stuntman on the film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009) in the action scenes the actor Ryan Reynolds could not perform. Adkins has been active in the entertainment industry since 1998.
How much is the net worth of Scott Adkins? It has been calculated by authoritative sources that the outright size of his wealth is equal to $2 million, as of the data presented in early 2017. Martial arts and acting are the main sources of Adkins net worth.
Scott Adkins Net Worth $2 Million
Coming from a family of butchers, Scott Adkins grew up in Sutton Coldfield. He discovered martial arts at the age of 10 through the local judo club, and was subsequently taught Taekwondo at the age of 14, and Kick Boxing at the age of 16, obtaining his black belt at 19 years of age. He also practiced Muay Thai, MMA, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Capoeira, Wushu and gymnastics. He tried acting at Sutton Coldfield College, and then at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
While leading a regular career on British television (“Doctors”, “EastEnders”, “Seventh Heaven”, “Holby City”), he continued his career in action films, alongside the actors Jackie Chan (“Accidental Spy”, “The Medallion”), Tsui Hark (“Black Mask 2 : City of Masks”), Jet Li (“Unleashed”), Matt Damon (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Hugh Jackman (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”). The year 2003 marked the beginning of his collaboration with the director Isaac Florentine in the war film” Special Forces”; Florentine propelled him to the front of the stage in “Undisputed 2: Last Round” (2006), entrusting to him the character of Yuri Boyka, a Russian fighter acclaimed by the public, and he returned to headlines in “Undisputed 3” (2010). The duo also joined with Jean-Claude Van Damme in 2008, “Ninja” for the first leading role of Adkins in 2009 and the sequel “Ninja: Shadow of a Tear” in 2013. Their collaboration continued with the film “Close Range” (2015), which was their seventh collaboration. In 2015, “Boyka: Undisputed” was released which was the 4th instalment of the franchise, co-produced by Isaac Florentine.
Set in the heart of action fans, the actor is seen in numerous projects, and has sometimes even rejected roles as it happened with “The Expendables and Universal Soldier: Regeneration”. It should also be noted that Adkins demonstrated outstanding concentration in such films as “Assassination Games” (2011), “The Expendables 2 Unit” (2012) and “Universal Soldier: Judgment Day” (2012). Impressed by his athleticism, the Belgian karate master asked him to work on a series derived from “Kickboxer” although the project was cancelled. Adkins appeared in “The Legend of Hercules” (2014) and “Zero Tolerance” (2014), and in 2015 he collaborated with Tony Jaa and Dave Bautista on the movie “Kickboxer: Vengeance”.
To summarise, all the aforementioned engagements have added significant sums to the overall size of Scott Adkins net worth.
Finally, in the personal life of Adkins, he is married to Lisa, and they have a daughter.
Frequently co-stars with Jean-Claude Van Damme ("Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning", "The Expendables 2").
Spectacular Martial Arts Performer
My bedroom was plastered with pictures of Van Damme. My mother was worried about me. Most teenage boys have half-naked women on their walls, and I had Jean-Claude.
My weapon of choice is the nunchuck. I do like the bo as well, which I use, the staff. I'm not so good with the sword, but I picked a lot of stuff up on 'Ninja 1' with the sword.
My first break was in a Hong Kong movie that I shot in China - I was going out there and working as a western stunt man, if you like, but at the same time in England I was working in daytime soap stuff. Eventually I put the two together.
I was a regular on 'Holby City,' and I did daytime; that's how I started off. Off in Hong Kong doing stuntman stuff, then coming back to England doing daytime soap operas.
I just remember Bruce Lee blowing my mind on the screen, and I thought to myself, 'That's what I want to do for a living when I'm older.' Bruce Lee was so magnetic and charismatic and held the screen so well.
I'm just about the movies; I enjoy the dexterity of actors in action movies and the choreography side of things. You've just got to be a different person to be a professional fighter. I train with professional fighters, so I know what it takes. It's a very difficult profession, probably harder then the acting profession.
I put so much pressure on myself to raise the bar with each and every project. I treat it like every film is my last, and I make sure I pour everything I have into every film I make because if I'm not trying to improve, someone else will.
I personally think a fight scene is the most cinematic thing you can witness because all the elements of filmmaking come together, you know, with the camera speed changes, editing, make up effects and general smoke and mirrors of trying to make it look like you are hitting someone when you're not. It's filmmaking in it's purest form, I think.
I make films for the 16-year-old in myself sometimes.
I prefer to play the villain or the antihero.
I do find violence entertaining, but that doesn't make me a bad person. I grew up watching all these action films when I was a kid. My dad would bring back 'Rambo' and whatever, and we'd watch it together. It's not affected me in any way other than I just appreciate the entertainment value of violence on film.
I think every red-blooded male enjoys brandishing a firearm.
Best fight ever in a movie: 'They Live.' I want to do a martial arts version of that, where you think it's ended, and it just keeps on going. I love that fight. It was funny as well. Unexpected.
In the film industry, we tend to pick up where others have left off, and I'd like to think the influences I picked up from Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme are visible in my work.
I turned to my mom and said, 'I'm going to be a martial arts movie star.' She didn't believe me, and neither did my dad. They both thought I would grow out of it. That it was a phase. I decided then I was going to do it or die trying.
I'll be honest - I never saw myself making a ninja movie, never entertained the idea. I think ninja films can be quite cheesy unless you do them in feudal Japan.
When I was ten years old, my dad and brother did judo, so I went along because I felt like I was missing out. They eventually gave up, and I continued, then moved into Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing and various other martial arts. I did lots of different things, but mostly things like Wushu, Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga and stuff like that.
Back when I used to struggle with how I could define myself in the film business, I knew that I'd always remain true to myself and what I wanted to accomplish. The style of action I showcase is quite different from other stars we usually see, but I'm remaining true to myself, and hopefully this comes across.
I'm good when I've got a bit of an edge, like the Clint Eastwood type of archetypal character. The tough guy that doesn't say a lot.
Whenever you're looking at new ways to get in shape, first you have to decide what you want. Do you want a more muscular look, or do you want to slim down and appear more toned and ripped? I adapt my training and diet with each role I do, depending on the image I want to convey.
I'm always trying to improve my skills as an actor. I think it shows in 'El Gringo;' it shows in the new 'Universal Soldier.' You can't rest on your laurels; you've got to keep improving.
I can pretty much say that because of Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme, that's why I do what I do today.
I did martial arts since I was 10 years old, and I've got as much love for the movies as I have for martial arts, so when I was 18 years old, I started studying performing arts with the eye of getting into the film industry and went to drama school after that.
Back in the '80s, you needed the real action guys with the real physiques, not strap-on bodysuits. Guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. That became the genre of '80s action movies. I think it changed really when The Matrix came out and Keanu Reeves was able to perform kung fu. Then you had Matt Damon in the Bourne films, doing a great job. So it's different now, they can train actors to do their own fights convincingly on screen, so those guys aren't needed anymore. But I think everything goes around in circles; people still do want to see the guys that can do stuff for real, that's why The Expendables is so popular. I think it will come back again.
I'm like the king of the low-budget sequel. People ask, 'What film are you going to do next?'. I don't know, but it's probably got a 3 or 4 in the title.
[on doing fight choreography] Dolph's really easygoing. He's a big guy and he likes his movements to be that of a bigger guy; a little bit slower and more powerful. So you need to address the choreography for Dolph. So it's a flurry for me, and then a nice powerful movement from him. With Jean-Claude, to be honest, I have to dumb it down a little bit to cater for him, I'm afraid to say, because we're from different eras. We do it faster, more like they do in Hong Kong these days. And when Van Damme came up, they were doing it the Western way. That's a bit slower and a bit more step to step.