Six Degrees of Action: Coming To America/Invasion USA
One featured a future king coming to America to find his future queen. The other featured a spy looking to invade the U.S.A.
But how do you link the Eddie Murphy comedy, Coming To America with the Chuck Norris action epic, Invasion USA?
Through six degrees of action of course…
Coming To America tells the story of Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) who travels from Africa to Queens to find his bride. Not wanting to reveal the fact that he is a prince, Akeem poses as an exchange student and gets a job at a local fast food restaurant. His boss at the restaurant is Cleo McDowell, played by John Amos.
1. Die Hard 2 – In the sequel to Die Hard, Amos plays Major Grant. At first we think Grant is there to help our hero John McClain, but instead we find out he’s in cahoots with the likes of Col Stuart (William Atherton) and General Ramon Esperanza played by Franco Nero.
2. Enter the Ninja – Nero may be best known for being the original Django, but he was also selected by Cannon Films for the first of their many ninja movies, Enter The Ninja. Mind you Nero didn’t even know what a ninja was, but they cast him anyway. Also starring in Enter the Ninja were Sho Kosugi and Christopher George.
3. The Exterminator – George was the star of the movie The Exterminator. He played Detective James Dalton, hunting down a vigilante with a flame thrower (Robert Ginty) in New York City. The Exterminator also featured Steve James…
4. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation – James co-starred with Michael Dudikoff in the first two American Ninja movies. In the second film of the series, they get a little comic relief in the form of Sgt. Charlie McDonald, played by Larry Poindexter.
5. Ninja Cheerleaders – Poindexter wasn’t done with ninja themed movies. He played Detective Harris in the 2006 film Ninja Cheerleaders. Admittedly I had never heard of this film until I was doing research for the post, but the synopsis of three college cheerleaders/go-go dancers using their martial arts skills to save their Sensei is most intriguing. The film also features George Takei and Michael Pare.
6. Deadly Heroes – Pare played Brad Cartowski in Deadly Heroes along side Jan-Michael Vincent and Billy Drago…
I’ll always remember Billy Drago best for his role in The Untouchables (and worst for his role in Sci-Fighters), but he also played Mickey in Invasion USA!
Yes, Invasion USA, the movie where Chuck Norris thwarts a terrorist invasion of the United States all on his own.