For those who are unaware, Frank Grillo is a straight up badass. He brings old school action charisma with new school fighting techniques, constantly trying to up the ante during fight scenes. Look at any of his big action scenes and you can feel his commitment to the physical and emotional side of a complex routine.
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he played Agent Brock Rumlow (Crossbones in the comics and definitely Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War), Grillo gave such a classic henchman performance – the perpetual thorn in the side – and a villain who couldn’t quite stack up to the hero of the movie. It was never a main plot point, but through his actions and physicality, you get the sense he wants to be better than the Star-Spangled Man with a Plan.
Civil War sees the actor suiting up in a heavy getup with classic Crossbones attire and what appears to be some mechanical enhancements to help him keep up with Steve Rogers and his super syrup this time around. I’m curious if he’ll get a fight scene as exciting as the elevator sequence last time, because DAMN son.
He also starred in the sequel to The Purge subtitled Anarchy and it’s got the core concept of a solid Punisher movie. I liked the movie more than I expected to much in part to Grillo’s charisma and capability as an action star (it’s not entirely a horror movie). I’m not sure if Grillo is going to be in the sequel but there’s no reason not bring the him back. You hear me, Blumhouse? Make Grillo the face of the franchise!
The two aforementioned franchises aren’t the only big pictures Grillo is part of.
Word popped up last year after his turn in The Winter Soldier that Grillo would be starring in the remake of The Raid. I’m not sure how to feel about this whole thing so I’ll let Mr. Grillo do the talking:
What people don’t know is that I’m a blackbelt in jujitsu, which I’ve been for 20 years, and I’ve been boxing since I’ve been 15 years old – those are things that come natural to me. Believe it or not, I just got hired to do [the remake of] The Raid…I loved [the original]… we’ve got to do this justice. It’s a fanboy favorite.
Further into his upcoming slate of movies, Grillo took on another project I was worried about and turned it into a movie I can’t believe isn’t on people’s radar: Beyond Skyline.
Skyline was the first movie I watched at a midnight showing and walked away feeling… not so happy with the results. What I lost my mind at was the balls-to-walls insane ending (you need to see it to believe it). If the rest of the movie had that vibe, this would be a bonafide cult classic. As it stands, the director of the next installment has said the sequel will follow that level of crazy. But wait, there’s more. Lo and behold the mother of all bonuses: Iko Uwais from The Raid will assist on the fight sequences as well as co-star in the movie. Grillo once tweeted the craziest fight he ever worked on was on the set of Beyond Skyline. All aboard the hype train.
We shouldn’t stop there. Grillo’s been doing great work in straight action and dramas. How about getting in on the comedy side of the business? Let’s get a buddy cop movie with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Frank Grillo. We need that genre to make a resurgence and we have two of the most viable action starts of the young decade. Somebody better start making some phone calls.
Happy birthday, Frank Grillo. Keep reminding us what it’s like to love action stars.