Action’s Villainous Sidekicks: Al Leong
Every action movie has a kick-ass villain for the hero to do battle with. But, every good villain has a great sidekick to help do the dirty work. And this blog series will be a tribute to those guys. Most of these sidekicks have been seen in various action movies but never get the respect they deserve. Until now. Here is B4D’s look at these villainous sidekicks and our first one is Al Leong.
Al Leong is a name that may not ring any bells, but his face surely will! Leong is an actor, writer, director, and stuntman that has been a part of many movie and television productions. His acting career started in 1983 with one appearance in the TV series Hart to Hart. He continued with various television and movie appearances in small doses until the role of Wing Kong Hatchet Man in 1986’s Big Trouble in Little China really cemented Leong as an action movie mainstay.
The very next year Leong was cast as Endo in Lethal Weapon. The movie starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as cops that end up battling a drug gang. The main bad guy of this group is portrayed by Gary Busey. But Busey relies on Leong’s Endo to do his bidding in their war. In one of the most torturous scenes, Endo electrocutes Gibson’s character with wet sponges hooked up to jumping cables. Leong’s status as a villainous sidekick was cemented there. But he didn’t feel the need to stop.
He continued portraying this type of character in other movies like Action Jackson, They Live, and Death Warrant. But he was involved in other action hit, 1988’s Die Hard. His character, Uli, was a part of Hans Gruber’s gang that John McClane has to do battle with. He didn’t really fit in with the rest of the German gang, but he was one of the last of the group to meet their fate.
Al Leong continued working in his familiar roles in movies like Last Action Hero, Beverly Hills Cop III, Escape from L.A., The Scorpion King, and, amazingly in Lethal Weapon 4. Leong is veteran in the movie industry that has done a lot of work and continued working in movies as recently as 2014. But with his henchman antics and bad guy persona, Leong has and always will be one of the greatest villainous sidekicks in action movie history.
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