Have you ever wondered who’d win in a fight between Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan? I’ll let you in on a secret: one of these two is just a big softie, while the other is a natural-born killer. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen, and let’s find out who’d knock your teeth out, and who’d let their bodyguards step in. Sometimes looking all big and buff is good enough for a role, but there are actors who take things to a whole new level.
Here are 5 actors you don’t want to mess with, and 5 who only act tough.
Sylvester Stallone (ACTS TOUGH)
You’re probably asking yourself “How is one of the biggest action stars on the planet NOT a hard cookie?” Well, what can I say, when filming Rocky 3, there was this boxer who knocked out Sly with just one punch. Sure, this doesn’t mean Stallone is a sissy now, but it happened.
Jackie Chan (DON’T MESS WITH HIM)
Okay, I mean, are you even surprised that Jackie freaking Chan can kick your butt? As one of the best martial artists in the movie industry and a man who does all of his stunts, Jackie can certainly stand up for himself. If you’ve ever seen a JC movie, you’ve seen those painful bloopers at the end. This man’s a legend!
Vin Diesel (ACTS TOUGH)
I AM GROOT! That’s right, a tree can’t harm you, and Vin Diesel has been playing a space stump for years now. The deal with him is not that he can’t hurt you, but that he won’t. He’d rather play Dungeons and Dragons with you, than punch you square in the face. Be more like Vin!
Jean-Claude Van Damme (DON’T MESS WITH HIM)
Unlike Stallone and Diesel, JCVD is a regular old badass with a black belt in karate no less. Actually, him getting that belt at the age of 18 was what launched his movie career. Eventually he learned Taekwondo, Muay-Thai, and kickboxing, so, you know, don’t tease the old man. Speaking of teasing, have you seen Jean-Claude’s gorgeous daughter ? Talk about good genes!
Liam Neeson (ACTS TOUGH)
Even if he knows who you are, he won’t find you and definitely won’t kill you, because Liam is afraid of heights. This is not a joke. Lift him up and he’s done for!
Gal Gadot(DON’T MESS WITH HER)
Until last year Gal Gadot went from “oh, yeah, she was in that Fast and Furious movie, right?” to “OMG, THAT’S WONDER WOMAN, of course I know her!”. And believe it or not, this frail beauty could knock your socks off in more ways than you’d think. She joined the Israeli Defense Forces when she was 18 and learned the dreaded martial art of Krav Maga. Trust me, you do not want to be on the receiving end of her headlocks. And she’s got a knife – well, it was nice knowing you.
Steven Seagal (ACTS TOUGH)
Steven Seagal is one of my least favorite action stars, so I was glad to learn he’s just acting tough. Although I still wouldn’t try to start something with him. This one time he was practicing a scene with Gene LeBell and dared him to try and choke him out. Steven claimed no-one can do it, and Gene did. Seagal’s body went limp in moments but later he denied this happened. “Tough guy” indeed.
Ed O’Neill (DON’T MESS WITH HIM)
Who’s Ed O’Neill? You’re breaking my heart, person who doesn’t recognize Ed Bundy from “Married… With Children”! He’s also Jay from “Modern Family”. Apparently, Ed studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 20 years, not to mention his high-school football career. So those 3 touch-downs in one game weren’t too far from the truth, huh?
Hugh Jackman (ACTS TOUGH)
On the one hand Jackman is the Wolverine – a feral, blood-thirsty killing machine, but on the other hand he was in Les Miserables and the Greatest Showman… You can tell that he was glad to finally finish his Wolverine career, and start doing something he enjoys much more than getting paid bajillions of dollars – singing and dancing! I hate to say this but his X-Men role is a complete act.
Dwayne “THE ROCK” Johnson (DON’T MESS WITH HIM)
And last but not least, we have Dwayne Johnson AKA the Rock. It comes as no surprise that his years fighting dudes in WWE would make him a badass, even though “wrestling is fake”. He’s got the endurance, agility, and strength to tear you a new one. Many pro-wrestlers are fake all the way, but not Dwayne. Though he’s known to have a soft side, it wouldn’t take him long to make a pretzel out of someone when the time comes.