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Action Jackson Movie Trivia

The studio hoped to turn the film into a franchise, but this never happened. A totally unrelated film called Dangerous Passion (1990) which also starred Carl Weathers was re-titled 'Action Jackson 2' in some countries, only to capitalize on the success.
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Carl Weathers came up with the idea for the film on the set of Predator (1987), during conversations with producer Joel Silver about their shared love of 1970s blaxploitation films. The title was born after Weathers spoke to an Australian crew member about the project. To indicate his interest in working on the film, the crew member said, "I'm in like Action Jackson."
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The car at the mansion is a 1987 Pontiac Fiero with body effects that make it resemble a Ferrari Testarossa coupe.
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In the beginning, Ed O'Ross, turns on a TV showing the final fight of Rocky II (1979). Carl Weathers played Apollo Creed in Rocky 1-4.
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Both Carl Weathers and Vanity appeared in the music video for this film's theme song, "He Turned Me Out," by the Pointer Sisters. The clip featured the two playing pool in a bar, with Vanity beating Carl handily, as the Pointers sang around them.
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Carl Weathers, who was 39 when shooting started, joked that the rigorous shooting schedule for the action sequences aged his body into his 60's, and blamed director Craig R. Baxley.
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Carl Weathers, Bill Duke and Sonny Landham all have roles in this film and in 'Predator'. During a scene where Weathers and Vanity are walking down the sidewalk of a busy street, multiple 'Predator' film posters can be seen on the side of a building.
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When Jackson is taken captive at the Pool Hall, Sydney invents a cover story about him being delusional and thinking that he was a Holy messenger. In the 1990s, Vanity cast off her stage name and became an Evangelical Christian.
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According to his stolen police ID, Jericho's date of birth is 3/13/38. Which would make him about 50. Carl Weathers was born in 1948, and only 39 when filming started.
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Dennis Hayden, De'voreaux White, Robert Davi, Mary Ellen Trainor, Al Leong and producer Joel Silver also appeared in Die Hard (1988).
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The character Jericho "Action" Jackson (Carl Weathers) is stated in the film by his Captain to have been a high school and college star athlete in track and field who later earned a Yale Law degree but oddly chose tof pursue a career in police work. In real life, actor Carl Weathers played professional football for five years in the NFL and in the Canadian Football League respectively before choosing to pursue an acting career in television and film.
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Action Jackson has achieved a cult fan base over the years. Despite the film being a box office success, it received mixed reviews from critics. A sequel was initially planned, it was ultimately scrapped dud to the film company selling the rights of the film to Sony Pictures who later sold its library to Warner Bros. where the plans languished.
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Pop singer, dancer, and television personality Paula Abdul conducted the dance choreography seen in the film.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Before the fake shipping-and-handler kills Tony, he says, "It's C.O.D.", which can mean "Cash On Delivery" or "Cause Of Death".

Action Jackson (1988)
R | 1h 36min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 12 February 1988 (USA)
Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Writer: Robert Reneau
Stars: Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity