See the Cast of ‘Street Fighter: The Movie’ Then and Now
Nearly twenty years ago, Street Fighter II was one of the most popular arcade games across the world. As such, it made sense to try and capitalize on that success with a movie tie-in. Universal Pictures tapped the writer of ‘Die Hard’ and ‘The Running Man’ to adapt the game into a feature. The results were less than stellar. While ‘Street Fighter: The Movie’ still has some cult classic status with fighting game and martial arts fans, it’s just not a good movie. Still, the game franchise continued to be a success, so we figured we’d look in on the cast to see if what they did back then affected where they are now.
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Guile
Then: Van Damme stepped up his over-acting game to portray Guile, the leader of a faux United Nations group intent on stopping Bison from taking over the world.
Now: JCVD was off the grid for a bit, but has since returned to the spotlight with his roles in films like ‘The Expendables 2′ and ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning.’ Unfortunately, the heyday of movies like ‘Sudden Impact’ and ‘Timecop’ has long passed, but at least Van Damme can still do a mean split.
Raul Julia, Bison
Then: Playing megalomaniacal Bison was surely a treat for Juila, who spent much of the movie chewing as much of the scenery as he could in spite of the lackluster script.
Now: Unfortunately for everyone, ‘Street Fighter: The Movie’ was Raul Julia’s last work, as he died tragically of a stroke shortly after filming concluded. His work as Gomez Addams in the ‘Addams Family’ series will be revered, as will his turns in films like ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ and ‘Presumed Innocent.’
Ming-Na Wen, Chun-Li
Then: Ming-Na played TV reporter/martial arts expert Chun-Li, and like most of the female cast, was vastly underutilized when it came time for some action.
Now: Ming-Na Wen’s been a Disney princess in ‘Mulan,’ a genius surgeon on ‘ER,’ and has built up a solid resume on genre shows like ‘Stargate Universe’ and ‘Eureka.’ She’s now co-starring alongside Clark Gregg in ‘Agents of SHIELD.’
Damian Chapa, Ken
Then: Chapa tried to not look uninterested in what was happening on screen as Ken, but as you can see, that disdain for ‘Street Fighter’s’ script wore him down.
Now: Aside from a few episodes of ‘Melrose Place,’ Chapa’s spent most of his post-’Street Fighter’ career rocking the direct-to-video market. At least films like ‘Killer Priest’ and ‘Vampiro’ probably had better scripts than this piece of garbage.
Byron Mann, Ryu
Then: Mann played Ryu, Ken’s partner in life and gun-smuggling pal (for some reason). Though their love was never shown on screen, the unrated director’s cut does show some more intimate moments between the two fighters.
Now: After earning a regular role on ‘Dark Angel,’ Mann kept busy with bit parts here and there. However, he’s now a starring cast member of the CW’s successful super hero adaptation, ‘Arrow.’
Kylie Minogue, Cammy
Then: She did the ‘Locomotion,’ and then she somehow got a role as Cammy in ‘Street Fighter.’ We guess her dance moves qualified her as a martial arts expert?
Now: Minogue has had a much more successful career as a pop star, and her video for “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” caused many a teen to go through puberty immediately in 2001. Now a breast cancer survivor, Minogue spends quite a bit of time working with various charities.
Roshan Seth, Dhalsim
Then: You knew him as the Yogi with the Yoga Flame. Movie-going audiences knew him as the guy who wore chains around his neck in a lab.
Now: His American film career never saw greater heights than with ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ and ‘Ghandi,’ but Seth has never stopped acting in his native India.
Wes Studi, Sagat
Then: Studi played Sagat with all the menace and evilness afforded by the script, which wasn’t much, but more than looked the part which was enough. We guess.
Now: Still busy today, you might remember Studi best for his roles in films like ‘Heat’ and ‘Avatar.’
Grand L. Bush, Balrog
Then: Bush, familiar with de Souza’s work after playing Agent Johnson (no relation) in ‘Die Hard,’ he picked up the role of boxer turned cameraman, Balrog, in ‘Street Fighter.’
Now: After appearing in several ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies and ‘Demolition Man,’ the work came slowly for Bush. He hasn’t been in a major release since 2002.
Jay Tavare, Vega
Then: Tavare spent plenty of time walking around looking pretty with a ponytail as Vega. Rumors that he refused to speak a single line of dialogue because he gave up speaking for Lent have yet to be confirmed.
Now: He’s had bit roles in films like ‘Adaptation’ and ‘Cold Mountain,’ but we’re looking forward to his role as Code Talker in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
Andrew Bryniarski, Zangief
Then: Bryniarski lit up the screen playing Zangief as a slightly mentally challenged Russian who had more in common with ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ Ogre than he did with Capcom’s character.
Now: Bit roles as a muscle man defined Bryniarski’s career until he was cast as Leatherface in the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ remakes. He’s infinitely more menacing with a chainsaw and no dialogue as he was as a feared Russian wrestler with crazy chest hair in ‘Street Fighter.’
Peter Navy Tuisasosopo, E. Honda
Then: He drove Chun-Li and Balrog around in a cramped news van, and never did get to unleash the Hundred Hand Slap. Though that would have been ridiculous in a movie where Kylie Minogue gave a guy a hurricanrana.
Now: He’s been on ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘New Girl,’ but beyond that, Tuiasosopo has been living the quiet life.
Gregg Rainwater, T. Hawk
Then: Gregg (don’t forget that second “G”) sulked around behind Guile and Cammy a whole lot. He also had a bandage on his head for a large portion of the movie because reasons.
Now: Aside from having an Angel Fire website that hasn’t been updated since AOL stopped sending out subscription discs, Rainwater most recently voiced Tye Longshadow on the (unfairly) cancelled ‘Young Justice.’
Miguel A. Nunez, Jr., Dee Jay
Then: Nunez played Dee Jay, the Rastafarian rumbler with an edge-up and not one, but two rat tails. It was a seminal moment in film.
Now: We can’t hate on Nunez’s career too much, as he appeared in two of the greatest things ever put to film” ‘Black Dynamite’ and ‘Tour of Duty.’ Everything else pales in comparison to that wonderful haircut.
Robert Mammone, Blanka
Then: Mammone played Blanka, a soldier genetically engineered by Dr. Dhalsim for use in Bison’s army. His make-up was indubitably worse than Lou Ferrigno’s as the Hulk. Somehow.
Now: Mammone played AK in the ‘The Matrix’ films, but has stuck with mostly TV roles beyond that franchise. Whatever those roles may be, they’re better than being remembered as Blanka in ‘Street Fighter.’