Mark Dacascos how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar Is Perfect in ‘John Wick Chapter 3—Parabellum’ – The Ringer

Here’s the move: it happens near the end of a movie called drive, but not the drive you’re likely thinking of right now. This drive came out in 1997 and it starred mark how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar dacascos and kadeem hardison. Dacascos plays a bionic man who has a literal engine how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in his chest. Hardison plays a musician who agrees to drive dacascos to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a place dacascos is trying to get to so he how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar can sell his chest engine. It’s one of those straight-to-video movies that dacascos has built a career around.

But so the move: during the big fight scene where dacascos finally gets to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar put his fists and feet on the movie’s main karate bad guy, there’s a part where three henchmen on dirt bikes try how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to run over dacascos. He gets rid of the first guy by kicking him how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the head so hard that it nearly decapitates him. He gets rid of the second guy by tricking the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar guy into riding up some steps and then grabbing his how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar foot and twisting his leg with so much torque that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar he shatters the bones from ankle to hip. (dacascos, for good measure, kicks him in the head afterward too.) the third guy sneaks up on dacascos and fishtails his how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar bike into the back of his legs, sending dacascos tumbling. Dacascos gets extremely mad, and so, as the dirt bike guy speeds toward him, he cocks his leg back and gets ready to attack. And here’s where he does the move that I have teased how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar two times already. But I’ve teased it two times because it really is some how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar kind of incredible. Because dacascos DOES NOT kick the guy in the head, knocking him off the dirt bike. And dacascos DOES NOT kick the guy in the chest, knocking him off the motorcycle. And dacascos DOES NOT even bother to dive out of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the way of the dirt bike either.

What dacascos does is he clenches his fists, grits his teeth, plants his foot, and then fucking kicks the dirt bike as hard as how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar he can. And more than that: he kicks the dirt bike as hard as he can how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar with his shin. And more than that: he kicks the dirt bike as hard as he can how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar and the guy and the dirt bike react like they’ve just crashed into a titanium pillar. Look:

The dirt bike and the guy in drive do exactly how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar what the motorcycle and tom cruise do in fallout when how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar tom accidentally drives into the side of a compact sedan how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar at 50 miles per hour. That’s how much power dacascos generated. That’s how much power dacascos generated WITH HIS MOTHERFUCKING SHIN.

Mark dacascos is in john wick: chapter 3—parabellum. He plays a character named zero, the leader of a small group of assassins tasked with how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar killing john wick. That’s why I’m writing about him right now, and why I’ve been thinking about him for the past several weeks. ( JW3 comes out on friday, but I watched an early screening of it back in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar march.) and I am very happy to tell you this, because I have loved mark dacascos since 1994, when I watched him as a kid in the double how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar dragon movie: he is incredible in john wick 3. Honestly—and I do not want you to think for even how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar one single second that I’m being hyperbolic or exaggerating because that’s a thing I do often but am not doing how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar right now—he’s perfect in the movie. He is its biggest surprise, just edging out by a quarter of an inch halle how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar berry and her two attack dogs.

Dacascos, for the entirety of his career, has been asked to play serious characters in movies that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar are, more often than not, accidentally silly and, as it were, accidentally bad—movies with titles like ultimate justice and maximum impact and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar operation rogue. (my favorite dacascos movie, and the movie that most aptly encapsulates his career ethos, has always been only the strong, where he plays a high school teacher who overcomes systemic how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar racism and poverty with capoeira. Another good one, though, and one of the very few that you were actually how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar able to watch in theaters, was cradle 2 the grave, a movie where he fights jet li and ends up how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar getting his face melted off of his skull.) and he’s always had this kind of goofy and wholesome honesty how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in his eyes that, when you watched him in those accidentally silly, accidentally bad movies, you said something to yourself like, “oh. OK, I get it. This is the kind of stuff this guy belongs in. He’s a straight-to-video guy.” but in john wick 3, it’s the opposite. His whole essence is all still the same—he’s basically a sweet weirdo who happens to be an how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar incredible assassin—but this time he gets to do it in a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar movie universe that not only takes itself seriously, but is also smart enough and clever enough to place how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar each of its big characters into positions where they can how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar be the best possible version of themselves. (it’s why ian mcshane as winston is so great, and why lance reddick as the hotel manager is so how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar great, and why adrianne palicki as ms. Perkins was so great, and on and on and on.)

A little over a decade ago, kanye west released 808s & heartbreak, an album people seemed to either really like or think how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar was really stupid. A writer I like a lot named jeff weiss wrote how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar about it, and I can’t remember all of what he said or even where how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the review actually ran, but I will always remember him describing a glowing young how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar jeezy guest verse with something close to “kanye west understands how to use young jeezy better than how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar young jeezy knows how to use young jeezy.” that was the first thing that I thought about when how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar I left the theater after watching john wick 3. The people who made the movie understand how to use how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar mark dacascos better than anyone has ever understood how to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar use mark dacascos. They let him be eager and enthusiastic, yes, but they did it in a way that somehow only how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar made his character seem that much more frightening, that much more ferocious, and that much more enjoyable.

The best non-fighting scene in john wick 3 happens during the final how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar stretch of the movie. Wick’s and dacascos’s characters have already had a few rounds of fighting how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar each other, and they end up back in the continental (where no killing or fighting is allowed). They walk into the lobby area together and wick sits how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar down on a sofa. There’s plenty of seating available, but dacascos, because he is a wonderful tactician, sits down as close to wick as he can get. (their thighs are touching.) wick sees it happen, shakes his head, gets up, then moves to a different chair. And had the scene ended there, it still would’ve been a fun thing and a funny thing. But it doesn’t end there. It keeps going. And it’s here where dacascos adds his name into the great how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar secondary characters in action movies conversation.

Dacascos, who is sitting up perfectly straight and on the edge how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of the cushion and just kind of staring forward intensely, blinks a few times, measures the moment, and then allows all of his steely assassin image to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar dissipate. He looks at john, slouches a bit, slides over on the sofa so that he’s closer to him, and then starts gushing about john wick to john wick. It’s like watching a kid talk to santa claus. He’s effusive in his praise. It’s brilliant. Dacascos looks (and sounds) like a total loon, but it feels so natural and so good and so how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar smart because that whole let me earnestly say some words how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to you despite how weird this situation is maybe supposed how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to be since I’ve been trying to kill you for 90 minutes vibe how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar is precisely what mark dacascos is built to do as how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar an actor. The john wick 3 team took the two things that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar mark dacascos is among the best on the planet at how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar doing (fighting in a movie, being and looking sincere) and let him do exactly that. It’s beautiful, and the kind of setup that I hope more action how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar movies provide for the B-level players in the genre who never quite found their how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar footing.

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