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Kurt Russell: The Most Underated Action Star of Our Time

Kurt Russell made quite a few movies in his career, a bunch in the 1980’s, but there are four in particular that made him a legend in the action star game; Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), and Tango & Cash (1989). He could have received a star on the Walk of Fame for those four movies alone, yet he seems to be low on the list, if on the list at all, of the most revered actions stars of our time. When people speak about their favorite action stars you hear the usual Bruce, Steven, Jean, Wesley, Arnold, Sly, etc. But anyone who has seen or was around for the above mentioned movies knows Kurt should be up thee with the rest. Even Sly Stallone recognized it when he cast Russell in the Expendables. So why is Kurt left off the list of greatest action stars of our time? Or am I mistaken in how highly regarded he is as an action hero?

  • I think this is a really interesting topic! Kurt Russell is amazing. One thing you might want to talk about is the "cult following" that Kurt Russell has vs. main stream popularity of other actors. Might give some insight into the Kurt Russell as an underrated action star. – SeanGadus 5 years ago
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  • Agreed! The 4 movies alone that you mention make Kurt more than worthy (and long overdue) for a star. His natural delivery, brilliant comedic timing, and perennial good looks make him a bankable star at any time. I'll go out of my way to watch any movie he is in. – Talos63 5 years ago
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