The movie Rocky IV turned Dolph Lundgren aka Soviet boxer Ivan Drago into a Hollywood star. Exactly 30 years later the Fulbrighter Dolph Lundgren shares his personal fight worth fighting with a live audience at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. “If you heal yourself you can heal others” is the message of this surprising TEDxFulbright talk about a fighter who became a social activist.
Best known for his performance in Rocky IV as Ivan Drago, Dolph has starred in over 50 films. He was awarded a Fulbright to MIT after graduating at the head of his class in chemical engineering at the Royal Inst. of Technology in Stockholm. He also completed an exchange program with the University of Sydney.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
God bless you Dolph, you are putting back good into this world that needs real heros like yourself and fighting for those who cant fight for themselves due to the circumstances their in, please keep it up.
I didn't know a thing about this guy apart from his films and it's amazing to see this other side to him. He has a wonderful perspective on life & I have a newfound respect for Dolph as a person. Adds a bit more weight to his role in Creed 2 too. Truly inspiring.
I knew none of this, but as weird as it may sound, I DID suspect there was more to him than the Hollywood image...I am so impressed by him...OMG...he is lovely...so glad I watched this...God Bless Dolph always.
When this got to 2.36 I already parted ways with many tears, as this is just like my life was, it is terrible and hard to go public, I respect you for opening up like that, you are a mirror of my young life, it is hard to talk about, thanks, I respect you a lot for this. When I was in the military at 18 , I started boxing, and although I was never any good I did it to release all the pressure over the previous years and I was beaten up a lot, and I actually enjoyed it as it released me from those days, hard to explain, but I feel your pain, I know all about and how it was. Thanks for this.
I am a Saudi from kingdom of saudi Arabia and i had the same experience if not worse ,but im no famous like him and believe me compared to mine , his was a glass of water , but i appreciate his share of privacy.
I know no one noticed this, but Lundgren started off with some uncertainty when he told his story. Than he began gesturing as he felt himself connect with the audience. Watching him "open up" in front of the audience as they became in synch with him was a beautiful thing to watch.
The greatest tragedy in the world is the suffering of children in abusive homes. The very place and people who should offer refuge from the storm create it. These little ones have no way out, no voice. They suffer unjustly. They grow up, usually, to face problems most of us will never understand. Dolf was lucky to break out it. Most don't and never will. If you want a better world, be a better parent, uncle, aunt, cousin etc.
There's a piece of that freezing that Dolph left out, maybe he didn't have it. Sometimes when you freeze, you get a hero to help. Not a real person, because there's not anything a real person can do in the moment. But you call someone in fantasy. Rocky, Spider-man, Arnold. Dolph Lundgren wouldn't be a bad hero to have had.
I still don't understand much what he wanted to share. Is that he have a bad childhood as many of us we had? Did he forgive his father? How is his relation with him now?. I really don't know what he tried to say.
In the 80's I knew him as this butch actor, later I knew he's extremely smart (google dolph lundgren iq) and now he is opening up about his past with this Ted talk.
What he does here is extremely brave, given the current time of internet and media sensation. Utmost respect.
He's awesome. I knew he had an engineering degree, but I never imagined him like this. I always thought he looked like a blonde, Swedish Keith Richards with an alcohol problem and not much longer to live. Turns out he's got his head screwed on just right.
What a great man. I met him in 1996 at the NBA AllStar weekend in San Antonio. Standing at the baggage claim at the airport and I couldn't believe he was standing right next to me. He was so mild and kind. Not Drago at all. <3 He's so brilliant!!
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