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Lundgren takes on hosting duties in 'Race'

June 2, 2013

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June 02--Dolph Lundgren is known for his roles in action films.

He epitomizes the action hero stereotype along with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

But there are more facets tot he Swedish born star.

He's also a director, a martial artist and a former chemical engineer.

Oh, and he's cutting his teeth with hosting the ReelzChannel reality TV show, "Race to the Scene." It will premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6.

The competition consists of pairs of contestants race to and from actual movie locations as they compete in challenges and stunts inspired by memorable movie moments.

Lundgren says the opportunity came to him at a time where he wanted to show a different side of himself.

"I've been an actor and played a lot of characters," he says during a recent interview. "I wanted to do this hosting gig because it was something new and I hadn't tried it before. It's a fun concept and I'd never hosted anything before. I also wanted the opportunity to show a little bit of Dolph."

During the show, the contestants are put to a challenge that replicates some movie moments.

And Lundgren is quick to play along with them.

For instance, in the first episode, the contestants are challenged with a competition that is based on "Forrest Gump" and Lundgren does some impersonations.

"It's fun to do some comedy," he says. "Throughout the series, I do my bad impersonations of The Terminator, Keanu Reeves and Samuel L. Jackson. It's shows off that I have comedy chops."

Lundgren says these days he doesn't watch a lot of movies, but as a child movies were his escape.

"Movies were a great way for me to get into another world," he says. "Now that I'm an adult, I don't really watch them and my girlfriend always tells me that I should watch them. Usually when I watch films it makes me think of my own situation and how different it is for me."

In doing "Race to the Scene," Lundgren says he was a little bit nervous in taking the job.

"I'm exposing myself in a different way," he explains. "It was liberating after shooting the first episode because I didn't have to take myself so seriously. It was also educational because I had to memorize and ad lib a lot of the lines."

Lundgren is also able to have some one-liners in his skits.

"The promos are kind of fun," he says. "They are lighthearted and are reminiscent of the skits on Kimmel and Carson shows. You have to make fun of yourself a little bit."

In addition to "Race to the Scene," Lundgren is in talks to be the host for an engineering show.

"I went to school to be a chemical engineer," he says. "It would be fun to host because the stories would be fun. It obviously wouldn't be as comical as this show."

He's also working on a TV series called, "Rescue 3," which begins filming in July.

"The series is different for me because you have 20 episodes to develop the character instead of 90 minutes in a film," he says. "It's a good thing to have these projects up my sleeve and it keeps me busy."

Lundgren says he's also going to do another "Expendibles" movie later this year.

"I'm also trying to put together and produce this documentary in Southeast Asia," he says. "It's about human trafficking and its based off a script that I wrote."

Lundgren says moving back to the United States recently has helped his career.

"My daughters grew up in Spain and it was great to be living abroad," he says. "During that time, my career slowed down, but I'm starting to see a resurgence in it and I want to keep it going strong."

Race To The Scene Trailer v2_Reelz from Reelz on Vimeo.

-- Email the reporter at agomez@abqjournal.com. Call the reporter at 505-823-3921

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