Ray Park is one of those guys who’s just awesome. You’d think a man hits his peak of awesomeness playing Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, arguably becoming the best part of the prequel trilogy, but Ray proved that there’s no upper limit on that scale.
Since then, the lifelong martial artist has played Toad in the first X-Men film and more recently can be seen (kind of) playing Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. As Snakes Eyes, he didn’t even have to speak, let alone show his face, to be the star of the film, and many want a sequel just to see more of his action sequences.
But there’s another character he should have played but never got a chance to. That character is of course, Iron Fist and he still might get his chance…
Park has long been speculated to play the part of Danny Rand, the Marvel comics hero known as Iron Fist. I can’t even remember how long this thing has been on IMDB with Ray Park’s name attached. Park was supposed to do the film back in 2001 for Artisan Entertainment but it didn’t work out and Marvel Studios got back the rights to the character.
At Chicago Comic-Con, Mr. Park was in attendance and a fan asked him what his dream role would be.
“I actually want to be Danny Rand — I want to be Iron Fist, I want to do it… I’ve been blond before. I’ll work on the American accent as well.”
“I want to have an excuse to take my top off and show off my abs. Or, take my top off and work to get my abs back that I used to have when I was 19.”
Fortunately, with Marvel Studios finally up and running and in full production with a lineup of massive films for the next few years, their production capacity is planned to increase in the near future to start covering some of the other many characters in Marvel’s massive roster.
Many fans have wondered – when are we going to see Iron Fist? According to Park, when it happens, it’ll likely be a team-up film with Luke Cage. This is interesting since Cage has been a character rumored about frequently online as well.
“If they ever do an Iron Fist movie, it’s going to be with the two [characters] teaming up,”
It’s a great idea to turn two characters that might not make for bankable solo films and combine them into something that could be. For us Park fans, it’s even better to see him get a good solid acting role with some real face time.