FOOT FIST FRIDAYS: The Miz & The Late, Great Darren Shahlevi Go Toe to Toe in THE MARINE 3: HOMEFRONT!

By: The Cinema Drunkie

Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!

Mike “The Miz” Mizanin goes from WWE superstar to DTV action hero with his first outing as former Marine Jake Carter in The Marine Franchise aptly titled The Marine 3: Homefront. Mizanin takes over the series from John Cena and Ted DiBiase Jr. and really makes it his own. The Miz gets a formidable opponent to take on in his freshman debut in the late, great Darren Shahlevi in a stripped down and throwback style fight where both men get to demonstrate their particular set of skills and The Cinema Drunkie is all over it to bring it up you!

For over a decade, The Marine series has become one of my favorite action franchises ever. What started out as an attempt to turn wrestler John Cena into an action mega star in the vein of Arnold Schwarzenegger has given birth to one of the most dependable action series of our generation.

But although Cena was the star of the first one, he did not remain in the series that followed. He was succeeded by fellow wrestlers Ted DiBiase Jr. in the second, and Mike “The Miz” Mizanin in the third, and then for the remainder of the series.

And while Cena and DiBiase were perfectly fine, this series really became “The Miz Show”. Mizanin settled into the role of action hero Jake Carter perfectly, giving us charisma, charm, and awesome action theatrics for 4 entries. But before I start delving into the whole series (it’s coming), let’s take it back to his debut The Marine 3: Homefront.

Mizanin plays the aforementioned Carter, who must use his skills as a decorated Marine to save his kidnapped sister from a band of ruthless terrorists, one of which is Cazel, played by the late, great Darren Shahlavi. While trying to infiltrate their base of operations, an abandoned ferry, Carter encounters Cazel, which leads to a furious fight between the two men.

This is a great old fashioned fight scene. Kind of like a fancier wrestling match. Both men are evenly matched up, and put on a hell of a show. Mizanin shows himself to be just as adept with movie fighting as he is with professional wrestling, especially when taking on the likes of Shahlavi, who proved time and time again he was one of action cinema’s greatest performers.

It’s really a shame we lost him so young. He was definitely the best of the best. May he eternally RIP.

And now, without further interruption, may I present to you, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin vs Darren Shahlavi:

About The Aurthor: With his mind utterly intoxicated off of a steady stream of movies, comics and cartoons, a young boy from Brooklyn, New York grew up to become the man known as… THE CINEMA DRUNKIE!!!

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