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Alain Moussi is best known as a stunt double for everyone from Henry Cavill to Hugh Jackman but he's also an aspiring actor and 2016 is the year when his acting career goes into hyper drive.

Earlier this year Moussi starred as Charlie Nash in the four part "Street Fighter: Resurrection" (a second season is in the works) mini series but his biggest role yet is still to come: Kurt Sloane.

A remake of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Kickboxer, Kickboxer: Vengeance stars Moussi in the lead role of a kick boxer who travels to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Before facing off against Tong, Kurt trains with his brother's former trainer Master Durand, played with gusto by Van Damme.

Directed by John Stockwell (Crazy/Beautiful, Turistas, Cat Run), Kickboxer: Vengeance revels in the cheesiness of 80s action movies while also delivering a really entertaining martial arts movie and though the acting is sometimes questionable (Gina Carano and Geoges St-Pierre are great physical talents but neither can be called actors), the action more than makes up for any of the movie's shortcomings of which there are few; there's plenty of ass kicking, a spectacular training montage, a bit of humour, JCVD proving he can still deliver the goods and a whole lot of heart from a group of folks who obviously love what they're doing.

I had a chance to speak with Moussi about how he got into stunt work, his move into acting and what it was like to work with one of his childhood heroes: Van Damme.

Kickboxer: Vengeance opens theatrically and is available on VOD and Digital HD on September 2.

Recommended Release: Kickboxer

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