You might know Dolph Ludgren best as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, but there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye. He landed a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT in 1983, but he ditched a career as a chemical engineer in favor of showbiz after a chance meeting with Grace Jones while he was working as a bouncer in Australia.

Now, almost three decades later, he can still kick some serious ass, and he does exactly that alongside fellow action legends Jean-Cleaude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and his Rocky nemesis Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 2. Find out how he got in shape for the role and what he does to stay humble. 

If that hasn’t got you pumped up for the movie, then check out the trailer: