Wesley Snipes' most iconic movie role: Nino Brown or Blade? | The Tylt
Wesley Snipes is now 55 years old, and moviegoers still fondly remember his action-packed contributions to '90s cinema. His most iconic roles are playing a vampire hunter and a ruthless crime lord. "New Jack City" is a cult classic, and his turn as the villainous Nino Brown, a powerful drug dealer, is still highly acclaimed. But playing the titular character in the "Blade" franchise cemented Snipes as an action movie icon. Which role is Snipes' greatest? 💪🎥
Wesley Snipes' most iconic movie role: Nino Brown or Blade?
"I never liked you anyway, Pretty Motherfucka!"
Below is the synopsis of "New Jack City," per IMDB.
A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.
Snipes has taken on a variety of roles, from a hooping street hustler in "White Man Can't Jump" to a drag queen in "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar." But playing the flashy and heartless drug lord Nino Brown is still his most memorable and often quoted performance for many fans of Black cinema.
Watch a clip of Snipes embodying Nino below.
"There are worse things out tonight than vampires... like me."
Below is the synopsis of the original "Blade" film, also thanks to IMDB.
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.
Snipes was already an action movie star—playing both heroes and villains—when "Blade" came out in 1998. The movie became a commercial success and is still the first commercially live-action Marvel motion picture. (Sorry, "Iron Man.")
And Snipes really brought the second tier comic book anti-hero to life. He not only proved that a lesser known, but still popular, hero could bring in a good box office money, but that Marvel could succeed at producing superhero movies in Hollywood. Snipes starred in two sequels, and the franchise has grossed more than $415 million globally.
Watch an epic scene from the original Marvel blockbuster below.