Dolph Lundgren is enjoying new career heights as one of The Expendables, but he once enjoyed a measure of fame for the many he-man roles in the 80s, including the actual He-Man, muscle-bound protector of Eternia and the most powerful man in the universe. The master even. But to borrow from another franchise, there can only be one, and Lundgren was recently asked by The Huffington Post who he’d like to see step into the loincloth as He-Man.
It came out this week that there might be a new Masters of the Universe movie. Who would you pick to take over as He-Man?
“Well, let’s see. You need somebody who’s well built and charming, I suppose. And he can deliver a couple of lines of dialogue, I guess more than I had [laughs]. I mean, Channing Tatum? I don’t know. I don’t know that many young actors. But he’s got a pretty good body. He’s got a naturally athletic body, which you need, unless you make the guy wear a suit, like Batman. But if you need real muscles, you need somebody who is built.”
He’s right about that, but as the interviewer suggests next, isn’t there someone out there a bit more obviously right for the part?
What about Chris Hemsworth?
“Yeah! That’s a good idea. That’s a cool idea, yeah.”
So you’re on board?
“I’m on board. I second that opinion.”
Asking someone to fill the shoes of both Thor and He-Man seems like a tall order, but then again Hemsworth is 6’3″.
Masters of the Universe is currently in development under the direction of Jon M. Chu, the filmmaker behind Step Up 2, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.