Darren Shahlavi was seven years old when he started training in martial arts in an old drama theatre in Manchester, England. Inspired by Bruce Lee's films and other action movies such as Star Wars, he dreamed of being a movie actor and would show up to his Judo class at the drama hall early to watch the actors rehearsing and performing plays. I discovered martial arts and acting as a child at the same time, and since then my love and enthusiasm for both arts has only increased.
When Darren was seventeen years old he attended a seminar for "Hong Kong style fight choreography", by Kung Fu star Donnie Yen, which gave him the confidence to pursue his dream of working in Hong Kong movies as a stepping stone to Hollywood. Then, in the early nineties, a young Shahlavi moved to Hong Kong where he began his career as a stuntman until Director Yuen Woo Ping hired him as the lead villain in the Kung Fu classic "Tai Chi Chuan." As a string of martial arts films followed, as well as supporting roles in Hollywood movies such as Spy playing a boxer fighting Eddie Murphy, The Final Cut with Robin Williams, and guest star roles in TV shows such as "Sanctuary", "Human Target" and "Reaper."
In 2010, Darren made a triumphant return to Hong Kong action films, co-starring opposite his childhood heroes Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung in Wilson Yip's Ip Man 2. Shahlavi plays the evil British boxing champion "The Twister" in the semi-biographical story of Bruce Lee's real life kung fu master, Ip Man. The film opened to huge critical and commercial acclaim, becoming the most successful Asian film at the box office in 2010 and widely recognized as the biggest and best martial arts film of the past decade. Following Ip Man 2s successful theatrical run in the United States, Darren has a renewed following amongst action film fans with new films set for release in 2012 including "Metal Hurlant" with Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White and Matt Mullins, "Borealis" for Space / Sy fy Violence of Action opposite Steven Seagal, The PackageÂ with Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren, "Arrow" for Warner Bros / CW network, as well as a starring role in "Aladdin and the Curse of the Djinn"
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Kickboxer: Vengeance(Jean-Claude Van Damme)
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