October 16, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Black Dynamite

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/16/09
performer
Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Nicole Sullivan
director
Scott Sanders
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White
genre
Comedy

Though he’s best known for starring in 1997’s Spawn and playing Gambol in The Dark Knight, Michael Jai White has always had a thing for ’70s blaxploitation movies. In order to secure financing for Black Dynamite, an homage to the genre that he co-wrote and stars in, he shot a trailer of himself parading around in a ghetto-fabulous leisure suit, a bushy fake ‘stache, and a thick who-da-man attitude. The gambit worked. ”I thought it was a great time to have an outlandish, politically incorrect character who acts on id,” he says.

Now the 41-year-old actor and martial artist hopes to use his post-Dynamite firepower to revive another movie archetype: the old-school action hero. ”All our alpha-male stars are imports: Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Daniel Craig,” says White, who recently detoured into melodrama with Tyler Perry’s upcoming Why Did I Get Married Too? but wants to usher in a new era of cinematic ass-kicking. ”What Tyler’s done for his market, I’m trying to do with the world action market. The mantel’s wide open.”

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