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10 Amazing Action Scenes From Terrible Movies

10. The Shirtless Mickey Rourke Tiger Landmine Explosion (Double Team)

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In 1997, Dennis Rodman tried to pivot from his basketball career into Hollywood stardom with the film Double Team. This Jean-Claude Van Damme action comedy would eventually come to represent the general tone of Rodman’s post-NBA days, in the sense that it too was an awkward and confusing train wreck that the world is still trying to forget.

In Double Team, JCVD and Rodman play two clichés who must stop international terrorist Mickey Rourke from selling an explosive plot device to Plot Device Land. In the end, though things start to get a little interesting after Rourke kidnaps JCVD’s baby and places it as bait in a Roman amphitheater filled with landmines and a hungry tiger. He also takes off his shirt, which we’re pretty sure Rourke insisted on personally.

The Rourke-JCVD-Rodman fight itself was entertainingly brutal but it was upstaged by the last few minutes when Rourke steps on a landmine and is confronted by the ferocious tiger he let loose earlier. Making peace with his inevitable death, the topless terrorist waits for the animal to leap at him, which is when he steps off the mine, detonating both himself and the 600lbs murder kitten in a blazing fireball of orgiastic action glory.

In short, this long forgotten dud of a movie basically managed to create a live-action version of a heavy metal album cover.

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Cezary Strusiewicz is a freelance writer and editor.