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Dude – I’m on Adkins Undisputed!

Do you all listen to ADKINS UNDISPUTED? It’s a podcast done by a guy named Mike Scott, who goes through the Scott Adkins filmography in chronological order. I can imagine a version of that concept that’s fun to listen to, but not as good as what Mike does. He takes the job seriously, with heavily researched scripted intros, followed by a more free-wheeling discussion with the week’s guest (or “champion”). And very early in the run of the show Mr. Adkins himself caught on to it and has provided interviews for each episode. I’ve learned many things about the movies from Adkins, plus the side discussions have led me to all kinds of Hong Kong movies I hadn’t seen, and the rotating guests have introduced me to some cool people from the world of action movie fandom. It is fun to listen to, but also a genuine work of action movie scholarship. I love it.

So it was a great honor to be a guest on this week’s show. The subject is THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, which I hadn’t actually seen until now, despite Adkins playing the villain and Renny Harlin being the director. Mike originally invited me on for a better movie a little later in the filmography, but we realized it was going to be months before he got to it and nobody was slotted for HERCULES so I was happy to do it. I hope I did okay!

P.S. I’ll post a review of the movie after the episode has been up for a bit

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14 Responses to “Dude – I’m on Adkins Undisputed!”

  1. Awesome. I just saw something where they were talking about Savage Dog and said they had like 3/4 of a day to do the big climax fight. Man I don’t even see how that’s possible. They must have shot the longest day ever and had multiple cameras running constantly.

  2. Just followed the podcast on spotify!

  3. For a moment I thought you were on Adkins’ interview show, but this is great too. I’m not awake yet. Congrats!

  4. The Undefeated Gaul

    May 7th, 2021 at 1:15 am

    I normally don’t do podcasts but I will definitely make an exception for this!

  5. This was a great listen and now I have a new podcast to add to the rotation.

  6. CrustaceanLove

    May 7th, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    This was a more polished and professional podcast than I was expecting. You did a great job Vern (except for your phone ringing mid-discussion, haha). Looking forward to your written review of HERCULES: NOT THE ONE WITH THE ROCK and the SAVAGE DOG episode.

  7. So of the two directors Adkins works with most, does anyone have a preference bewteen Isaac Florentine and Jesse Johnson? I actually am not a fan of Florentine all that much…too much sped up work and it looks kind of silly and the fights are too long and generic. I do like Johnson though…I feel like he’s a stronger director in general making better movies, plus I like the more brutal nature of them (plus and undercranking as far as I can tell). I felt like with Avengement you could take out the fights and it would still be good.

  8. Florentine makes a better fight movie. Johnson the better action movie. Can’t say I’d want to see AVENGEMENT without the fights though. It’ll be just another low rent Guy Ritchie wannabe Brit gangster flick.

  9. Nice to hear you Vern! Although I wish you could have participated in discussions on some Top Tier Adkins titles as opposed to this utterly disposable one which I can hardly even remember. Most likely on account of the Charisma Vacuum right in the center of it, as both of you quite rightly pointed out.

  10. CrustaceanLove

    May 8th, 2021 at 5:44 am

    Good question. They are both great, but for me? Florentine. He has a cornier style, but it’s one borne of sincerity, a pure love of martial arts and a desire to show them off as effectively as possible. Johnson is a meat-and-potatoes action director. He’s shockingly good given the budgets and timelines he works with, but his actions scenes aren’t as technically proficient.

  11. Adkins Undisputed

    May 8th, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind words Vern! It was a blast and I’m really looking forward to our next one

  12. Oh hey I’ll also be on Adkins Undisputed at some point in the future. A very special honor, you have no idea. Every episode is worth your time but Vern’s especially important for those of us here.

  13. SaragossaManuscript

    May 14th, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Despite being cooped up in a tiny apartment for the past 14 months, this is the first time I’ve simply sat down and listened to a two hour podcast like I imagine the pre-tv cavemen once did. Thanks for bringing attention and your own voice to such a great project.


    No, I agree, it’s a great podcast and I’m glad if I’ve gotten a few people to listen to it. Thanks Saragossa!

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