Adrian Carton de Wiart: The Most Badass Soldier of All Time and a Real Life Action Hero

Adrian Carton de Wiart: The Most Badass Soldier of All Time and a Real Life Action Hero

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This video is made possible by backplates, get a 15 day free trial. Of Backblaze, dot-com. /bi. Graphics, a. Total. Disregard, for his own personal, safety an indomitable, fighting. Spirit, reckless. Courage and the gifts have been nearly. Indestructible this soldier survived five, wars, including, World War one and World War, two and became one of the most decorated British, officers, of all time and sustained. Countless, injuries was, he the unluckiest. Soldier, of all time or maybe just the quintessential, British war, hero well make up your own mind as we hear the story of today's protagonist Adrian. Cotton, to us the, unbreakable soldier. Adrián, carton diet was born into an aristocratic family, in, Brussels Belgium on May the 5th 1880, the father of this quintessential, British war hero was actually, Belgium, and a lawyer is another well, she was actually Irish, Adrian was so Belgium in fact that throughout his life he was amused by the rumor that he was an illegitimate child of King Leopold ii. Who owned the Congo Adrian's, mother sadly, passed away when he was just six and his father Leon moved the family to Cairo, in Egypt, during, this period Leon married again and Adrian's, stepmother, thought it was a good idea for the boys education, if they were to spend some time at a British boarding school as the family was Catholic he was sent to a Catholic, school the, Azzurri near Birmingham the founder of the school Cardinal, John Henry Newman once wrote fear not as they life shall, come to an end but a rather fear, that, it shall never have, a beginning. Adrian's. Life would be on the brink of coming to an end countless. Times but he, never showed any fear and for sure his life it, certainly, had a hell, of a beginning by, 1899, Adrian, was 19, he was attending Bailey, L College at Oxford at this stage in his life as per his father's, desire, he could have easily settled, for a law degree and the pleasant existence, of a typical tov, just in drawing his family's wealth he accepts it didn't. On the, 11th of October 1899. The second burr war broke out spitting the British Empire against, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, Republic and, South Africa, this was a revelation, for Adrian in his autobiography happy.

Odyssey He wrote at that moment I knew once and for all that war was in my blood if the British didn't fancy me I would offer myself to, Boers it, turns out the Brits they did fancy him Adrian enrolled his volunteer, faking, his identity, as well, as his age he, was soon dispatched, to South Africa, while his father still believed him to be studying law at Oxford and this was, the start of his real life a soldier's. Life very. Early on straight after training in South Africa, de wardes and his units were crossing a river in full, view, of some Bourke Mondo's when he was shot twice once. In the stomach and, once in the groin so, we're gonna help you out here and keep count of how many times he was shot or, shrapnel, or otherwise, just injured, after being shot a superior bluntly asked if their woman Ebers about to which she replied coolly no, but, the few were very good shots in the hospital his identity was discovered and so it was forced to return to England to recover, and to face his father's, wrath who by now had discovered what his son was up to luckily. Leon consented. And his son pursued a military career and after Adrian, returned he decided to quit Oxford for good and returned to South Africa, in 1901, for, a nother round of fighting this time though he did it in style booking, himself in first class and ending, generous, tips to the bar staff so that he landed in Cape Town with, exactly, one, pound, in my pocket after joining, a Cavalry Regiment duart was promoted, corporal, this promotion lasted exactly 24 hours after which he was demoted again to simple trooper for threatening, to hit a sergeant, but it was clear to us that he was destined, to greater, things and after a few months he returns or more probably bought, a commissioned, a second, lieutenant during. The rest of 1901, ends, until the ends, of the second Boer War in 1902, dou, art greatly. Suffered for the lack of action his only opportunity to do anything of military, value was to cut some barbed wire in a Bergkamp but even, then he was ordered not to do it fretting, for action at the end of the war he applied to be sent to British Mario Lanza joined the hunt for Muhammad bin Abdullah also known as the mad mullah bin Abdullah, had started a guerrilla campaign against, the British East African, colony, and he was fighting, for independence, and, considered, by his followers a Sunni holy man and, almost a messiah but two colonial authorities, he wasn't a messiah he was just a rather naughty, boy, again, their art superiors, they curbed his fighting enthusiasm.

And He was gazetted to a Cavalry, Regiment in, maschera, in India, the Indians day was peaceful, and largely uneventful, except, for about finding, a great passion for pig, sticking, which basically consists, in chasing wild boar on horseback through the forest who pierced them with a long spear, anyway. When chasing one of these pigs in the jungle duart fell off the horse and the horse fell, on him and cracked, several, ribs and one, ankle during, his convalescence he, had an argument with the local servants and pelted him with stones. And the servants got out of range so I shot, him in the butt, and to this point it's pretty clear that this guy was in dire need of battle. His Beria's they were not amused by the attack on the servant though and they jailed him for a time but he did manage to avoid demotion. In, 1904, dawat was transferred, back to South Africa he wrote in his memoirs, that he was happy not to see India again suppose. The feeling was probably mutual on, that one the ensuing years they were blissful to out spent his time gambling, socializing, racing horses and shooting wildlife, he enjoyed several liquid, meals as he called them but also cultivated, his physical fitness at one point he was so strong that he could rip in half a, pack of cards, in 1907, Dodd swore an oath of allegiance to, the king formally, becoming a British citizen within, the British Army in 1908, do it returned to England where as few regimental, duties gave him time to play polo and travel, the continents, and especially, austria-hungary. To shoot grouse pheasants, another game in the same year his connection to that empire was strengthened, by his marriage to Frederick Maria Caroline, Henriette, Rosa's Sabina Francisca, fuga von Babin housen and no he had not become a woman to married seven different women this was the full name of the bride in Austrian countess, they went on to have two daughters together in his memoirs Dwyer recalls the atmosphere, of mistrust, at German border posts whenever he entered the country from France and how his french-sounding surname, attracted suspicion, a clear sign that tension. Was mounting and. That war was certainly on the horizon, they, probably knew that one when World War one broke, out - art was on his way to British, Somaliland to, take part in what is now a mostly, forgotten conflict, - the colonial, war against the mad mother who we introduced, earlier towards, desire to go and fight there is had finally, been fulfilled but upon learning that the UK had declared war on Germany, - I'd felt like playing in a village cricket match instead, of in the test and for our friends, in the u.s. here the test is - cricket with the World Series is - baseball - I was assigned to lead a squadron of the Somaliland Camel Corps on the hunt, for the mad mullahs followers, that a vicious when tasked, with storming, an enemy fort reward could not resist, going on the attack headfirst, but, the enemy position it was well defended and he was shot by the dervishes three. Times in. The face indeed, one bullet took part of his left ear a second bullet got him in the left eye and a third bullet ricocheted, and hit him across the very same, I of, course do art lost his eye but his assessment of the battle it had all been most exhilarating, fun do, all that took the occasion, returned to England where he hoped to be reassigned, to service on the Western Front the Army Medical Commission, agreed to it provided, that he use a glass eye which he hated indeed, while riding in a cab in London and fighting the bar side who uncomfortable, he just yanked, it out and threw, it out of the taxi window from, then on he would wear his distinctive, eyepatch.

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Bravery Coolness. And determination, during severe operations, of prolonged nature. This was the citation, after this Dodd continued, to lead from the front battle, after battle exposing. Himself to further injuries, for example in the trenches of delville wood nicknamed, the devil's wood he was actually shot in the head he, was a clean straight shot through his skull right to the back of the head if he had to die well this, would be the right occasion to do so except, he didn't apparently, - I didn't, care for being dead so he simply survived and got on with us during three subsequent battles, he was shot in the ankle hip. And here, but, after every, stay in hospital he regains full mobility, and returned to the Front's time, after. Time, darts assessment of this grueling experience of, the meat-grinder of, the Western Front was frankly. I enjoyed. The war. The. Years between World, War 1 and the start of World War 2 often, wrongly labeled the interwar, years because. This period actually saw a lot of conflicts, taking place in Europe and where there was conflicts, you'd, be sure to find Adrian. Cotton, to art having. The time of his life, in 1919. New art was assigned to Poland, as a military advisor to the newly independent country. Which over a period of two years found, itself at war with Soviet Russia Czechoslovakia. Ukraine, and Lithuania though, I had made himself indispensable to, Field Marshal Joseph. Pilsudski and as, usual he got involved in all types of risky situations, at the same year in 1919, he survived not, one but, two plane crashes the, second of these crashes resulted, in a brief period of captivity with, the Lithuanians, after his release he increased, his efforts to support the Polish military even, organizing, a gun smuggling operation, via, Hungary in 1920, he got closer to the front as the war with Russia intensified. One day his observation, train was attacked by a charge of Cossack cavalry with the intent of hijacking it he confronted the attackers, single-handedly. Quite literally with, his revolver at, one point he even fell off the moving train but quickly left back on it and continued, the firefight until the Train escaped from the cossacks when the Polish Wars finally ended in victory in 1921, dawat decided, to stay in Poland as he had grown fond of its people and its wildlife which he proceeded, to shoot for the next eighteen years the wildlife that it's not the people in 1923, he finally decided to retire having now achieved the rank of major-general, after, a life of adventures, this gentleman would go on to lead a quiet and wealthy, life in his adopted country. Except. He didn't. We. All know what happened on the 1st of September 1939.

In A matter of three weeks Germany invaded from the West the Soviet Union from the east and the UK and France declared war on the Axis powers though. It's quite life in Poland it was no more as a form of British military advised, the best course of action was to flee immediately he abandoned his estate acquired, a fake passport and, crossed, the border with Romania, upon, returning to the UK Dwight re enlisted in the military in April 1940, Dwight was recalled into active service despite, and, I should stress this again in case you've forgotten being. 61. ID and an, amputee, he was given the rank of acting lieutenant, general, and tasked with leading an anglo-french landing, force in norway to halt the german invasion this operation, there was a complete disaster from the start while arriving in Norway var seaplane Dodds aircraft, it was forced to crash land this. Happens on a Ford where it was then attacked by a German fighter plane rather, than boarding, a rubber dinghy to reach Shore ins become a sitting duck he calmly waited, in the wreckage until the enemy plane ran out of ammo and left, after, reaching his forces by the Tron time Ford doe-eyed realized, that they were under supplied, under guns, and seemed, to be encircled by the Germans, but watch you might imagine he didn't really care about the odds being stacked against him and he just got on with it his troops they managed to break the encirclements, by traversing, over, the mountains and back to the coast under a constant, barrage of artillery strikes. And Luftwaffe, attacks, finally, the Royal Navy came to the rescue and managed to ferry droite and his band of brothers out of Norway and they landed in Great Britain on his 60th birthday in. April 1941, carton, Duras was appointed, by Winston, Churchill to lead a British secret, mission in Yugoslavia. The objective, was to make contact with Tito's partisans, and offer them allied support, but. He never got there after, a refueling stop in Malta the Wellington bomber in which the mission was travelling went into a nosedive straight, into the Mediterranean, luckily, there was a coast line in sight as the fuselage, sank to at 61. One handed and one eyed swam, to shore while, carrying, an injured comrade also. The coast they had reached was the coast of Libya access. Territory, and Dwight and his friends they were immediately seized by the Italians, a hero today was transported. By the Italian, military to the high-security POWs. Camp established, within the castle. Vinci, a yachtie near, Florence, this prison was specifically, dedicated to guarding senior British officers, captured in North Africa the average age of the prisoners was 52, but these indomitable, officers, they had the energy of young soldiers when it came to breaking out dough art was a part of at least five escape, attempts one of which involved digging a 60-foot, tunnel under, the castle walls this, was certainly a complicated. Endeavor for an amputee, but as usual - I didn't, give a damn about it and he just got on with it after, seven months the tunnel was complete go out and five other prisoners, succeeded, in their great escape in March of 1943, and hid for some days in their countryside, the cunning plan was to make themselves inconspicuous, by, dressing, like Italian, peasants, so yes, considering that one of them was a one-handed, 63, year old gentleman, with an eyepatch, covered in scars, and none of them could speak Italian it, was sort of a miracle that they managed to escape capture, for eight days, no, artists he was soon back in captivity at, the castle though fun fact by the way this castle, can now be hired for weddings, if you're interested, but freedom, was on the horizon On, June the 25th of 1943. Benito, Mussolini, was ousted by a monarchist coup, King Victor Emmanuel the, third appointed Field Marshal Badoglio, as his successor, and the two conspirators. Continued, honoring the alliance, with Germany but, only, on the surface behind. The scenes they were looking to negotiate, an armistice with the Allies they, needed an intermediary, and dawat, he seemed to be the perfect choice as he was due for release from the castle anyway, because of his disability, due out he was taken to a tailor in Rome so that he could get some civilian clothes as, a loyal customer of Savile Row he didn't trust the Italian tailors and he protested, that he didn't want to look like a gigolo but in the end he was happy with the suit that they fashioned for him and on the 16th of August 1943, he was flown in secret, to Lisbon alongside, general, Castellano.

The King's chief negotiator, after, an agreement was reached after return, to the UK on the 28th of August but he only had the chance to rest for one month, before Churchill, personally, appointed him as a special, representative, to the chinese nationalist, leader Chiang, kai-shek. Compared. To the swash and buckle, of previous years Duarte. And China is relatively, calm as his mission was more of a diplomatic one rather than a military one during this time while advising Chang on his strategies, against the Japanese he befriended him and his wife but when he got to meet Mao well he, simply could understand, him the Generalissimo, Chiang kai-shek and Chairman Mao we're uneasy allies, in the war against Japan but no heart he was a staunch anti-communist. And did not trust the future leader of China Mao delivered a lengthy speech on the qualities of his faction when he mentions how hard they were fighting the Japanese droite cut him short he, said he, tried my credulity a little, too far I told him that what they were doing was to keep looking over their shoulder to see what the Generalissimo was, doing first to, surprise Marik no offense and simply laughed, another, leader asked him why hadn't gone to Yunnan to see their operations, I answered, quite frankly that I hated communism, two I had stayed in China in zone 1947. Surviving yet another plane crash along the way by the way and let's add another notch shall we on the way back to Britain dort paid a visit at, a friend's house in Rangoon, Burma while walking down a flight of stairs he was ambushed, by an unpredictable foe, this was actually, a coconut, mat he slept on it and went flying down the stairs breaking, a couple of vertebrae along, the way the, good thing is that the doctors treating his back took the occasion to remove quite a bit of old shrapnel from his body and it was now about time them to retire from active duty general. Cotton, - I finally moved to a family estate in Ireland and spent the next year's there writing, his memoirs hunting, fishing, and polishing. His collection, of more than thirty medals, eventually, even such a legend has to die after, the last few peaceful, years Adrian cotton derives life it came to an end on June the 5th, 1963. In his Irish hymen while in recent years his achievements, have been rediscovered, and celebrated, by major media outlets, this inspiring. Character, is still little-known, I hope that in today's biographic. Sui did a bit to perpetuate, his memory and we, hope that you could do the same and share, this video, frankly I've enjoyed the story of this gentleman and I hope you did too and before leaving maybe, answer this question in the comments if you were to shoot a movie about carton, - who, would you'd like to see in the lead role and as, always please, do hit that like button subscribe. All of that Goods stuff jacket our wonderful sponsor Backblaze and as always thank. You for watching.

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So glad I kept suggesting this one

Sounds like Bond, James Bond took lessons from him.

you know, what would be great is one on Adrian Cronauer, and perhaps expand on that with a "today you" about "Good Morning Vietnam" and robin williams(could also tie a biographic of him in with this, to this day, i wish i could go back, and give him another way out, to vanish, and live the rest of his life without the stress of greedy, nasty ex's bleeding him dry and causing him as much stress as they possibly can... dude deserved a chance to live his life without his persona/shell up protecting him/who he really was... ) anyway, i saw this and, the first name....well i was watching an interview with Adrian Cronauer earlier about the accuracy of good morning vietnam, and it got me thinking, that could make a great biographic+today you learned, (perhaps more?) been enjoying your videos, being disabled, they give me something to distract from the back/neck/hip pain i have been dealing with since long before you started doing youtube... also help me forget being dbmf at least for a while... :)

Darwiish in somaliland were tough and gave Andrian hell.

BARRY SEAL Biographic

My goodness what a guy...He is one....Who loves war.....Why not war in man's greatest invention...Without it we would have 0....Thanks as always...The tip top of history....To be sure...!

Please do one on Josephine Baker or the Black Venus as she was called by some.

even though he looks nothing like him, Jack Nicholson. Awesome history thanks !!

Trick Q. Because Charelten Hestion played him in Cartoom dont take points off for spelling

A film wouldn’t do his story justice it would have to be a series

So I guess we now know who the biological father of Chuck Norris is


He threw stones at a servant and then shot him? Sounds like an asshole to me

When he finally died he just brushed it off and got on with it

I believe the lead role would be best filled by four people, depicting the various stages of his life. Bill Nighy as the older man, Colin Firth as the middle aged gent, Aaron Taylor Johnson as younger adult, and a child actor for the youngest entity.

Having a *Norwegian Great Grandfather* that *DIED shipping tens of men, women and children* FROM Bergen Norway to far-flung places like _Gibraltar, Liverpool, Stockholm/Gothenburg, Edinburgh,_ etc-etc.

Loving the new thumbnails dude

I know he was born in Belgium but he seems like the most British military man I've ever heard of.

Randy Couture from the UFC or Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Ok this is EXACTLY why I'm glad I decided not to go into the army (I went through the written tests,passed then decided not to go)-im far too accident prone. Nearly 2o times I've dislocated my shoulder, had 2 operations on that shoulder, broke my wrist and put a bone out of place, broke my collarbone and dislocated my knee a few times and nearly ruptured my spleen as well as accidentally electrocuting myself from the mains in a friends garage-it threw me across the room and my hand was black and burned but that was all, frankly I dont know why thay didnt kill me. Oh and I ended up with epilepsy in my 20s so I'd have had to leave the army anyway, but yeah, I can see my attracting a lot of wounds if I'd been in the army lol

When you realize that in the 1920's Poland defeated EVERYONE

So he was a trust fund adrenaline junkie bro ahead of his time? If he had been born a century later he would have been doing stunts on YT and social media with quite the following.

11:15 - the reference you're all looking for

14:52 *"RUM-MANIA"???*

This. This man was - and will always be - the ultimate badarse. Despite not drying in battle, I'm quite certain that the Valkyries came to escort him to the Halls of Vahalla, at which point Odin and Tyr asked him what took him so long, they've had a beer waiting for him for years...

For me this was the best one yet, can’t believe I had never heard of this gentleman. Legend

If one was to shoot a movie and cast a lead role, they would have to select more than one lead actor, to represent him in all the stages of his life. I would watch this movie if they made it a four hour epic.

Would like to see Liam Neeson

Adrian Carton De Whoopass!!

Have you considered doing a biographic on Josip Broz Tito?

Liem niessen for sure

It sounds like he wanted to die in battle and just couldn't get it done.

Great video, can you do please Kaiser Franz-Josef of Austria or Tsar Nicholas II of Russia!

I love this guy. How weak most people pretend to be. This is thee example of what one can do when one simply perseveres. This video will be shared with my students ( kung fu ) so they might find the strength to continue when things are difficult. Thank you Simon.


This guy is like audie Murphy but with a bullet magnet quality.

Fight me . Or I will shoot ya in dah BUTTT !

Ok so he was clearly deranged .

Need to do Sir Charles Upham double VC also a TRUE BADASS, the soldiers soldier they called him

Peter Sellers (if still available)

Epic... Just epic.

In the film adaptation of diWiart’s life, I’d recommend Liam Neeson, Gerard Butler, or possibly Benedict Cumberbatch.

or that other dead guy who was married to liz taylor and played mark antony...burt something something?

Diff Smasher Richard Burton?

good vid mr simon, ' i think the guy who plays obi wan kenobi would be great to play him in a movie, except he dead too :(

if only him,white death and mad jack would have joined forces they would have been unstotuble

As an enemy soldier, I would be screeming aimbot and wallhack everytime I see him.

Loved this none

Wow. If this was a movie no one would believe it. It would come as to fantastic and unbelievable

This is the type of badass that 12 year olds on Call of Duty wish they could be.

I’ve never heard of him. Jim Carrey.

What a badass. I love this channel more than I love myself.

Cary Elwes.

I have a list of 4 actors I would cast in the role: (In no particular order) 1. David Tennant 2. Nikolaj Coster - Waldau (because he lost a hand in GOT) 3. Sean Bean 4. Charles Dance

What a creep, just a killer.

Pierce Brosnan is my pick to play his later life, no idea who for the earlier.

@4:44 i just knew that line was coming LOL

I would have said Christopher Lee would have been a good cast, but sadly all great men die

In his younger years he could be played by Benjamin Walker, then in his older years by Liam Neeson.

Brave man but... Not so surprised by the fact that he took out his inner garbage on a servant, typical colonial mindset.

Always love your videos but this one was absolutely hilarious

I think Chris Pine as a young Adrian and Sean Connery in the late years would be fun to watch.

Enemy General: "We have the best aircraft of our time, the most effective anti personnel, anti tank and anti aircraft ground armaments, munitions and small arms to equip an army of a million men, and we already have 400,000 experienced soldiers ready for deployment. Who's on the other side?" Enemy General's Advisor: *Adrian Carton de Wiart* and *John "Mad Jack" Churchill,* sir. Enemy General: *(Groans and crumples his intelligence papers)* "Right. Do you think we should surrender in person or just send a letter?"

Being from Belgium originally and fighting for the British in South Africa against The Boers he is actually a traitor.

Simon Whistler. ( answer to your closing question) Hands down.

Get on with it !

Oh man, an intro ad, two youtube ads AND a commercial break during the video? Man, you must be in dire need of that sweet dough...

This was easily my favourite one you have done, the word legend is overused, but this guy is a legend

Audie Murphy in the starring role.

Thanks guys, great vid as always. Could you please do a biographic on Frederick "Fritz" Duquesne, an interesting South African who participated in several wars, and is best known for running the largest spy ring During WWII.

The only current actor I could think of is Jude Law . It's much too difficult to make an old man into a young man but not as difficult to make a young man into an old man. Jude Law could pull off the look the accent & he's a decent actor.

As for who should play Adrian Carton de Wiart in a movie adaption of his life, only one name springs to mind - Simon Whistler !

I think Kurt Russell would be a good actor for him lol

The plot armour is strong with this one

He was an asshole lol

Jolly good!

Lead role could be by Leo DiCaprio ofcrs ❤️

One of the best episodes! Amazing man.

He reminds me of Admiral Cowan, a man I have seen referred to as a "ferocious dwarf", who loved war so much that he allegedly cried when the armistice was signed in Nov 1918. He joined the commandos in WW2, when he was 70; later being captured after taking on an Italian tank armed with a revolver.

Adrian reminded me of Jose Millan Astray from the Spanish foreign Legion

I have to say Simon you look like him but can you act?

I know he is badass but he is the only badass belgian

Was he shooting peasants or pheasants ?

I would say I would like to see Tom Felton. He has a good range and the kind of face where he could be a 17, 18, 19 year old and with makeup go all the way through. He has the build and the drive to add muscle mass.

I could see Michael Fassbender playing him quite well

This guy sounds like an idiot

It would be as impossible to cast someone in a movie about him as it would be to cast someone to play David Bowie.

Great video i couldn’t stop laughing every time he got shot from the hilarity of it all

Ralph Fiennes

I'd cast Vinnie Jones for this role.

The Black Knight!

Any enemy ever: Ok, I think that last one killed him. We can rest easy. De Wiart: Hold my beer...

Doc Triv LMAO

The lion from the north blyat

I like the new thumbnails. It feels more diverse now. I have a pretty cool request. I think it would be cool to see the life of Bela Lugosi. I just saw the movie "Ed Wood" and the Bela Lugosi story is truly tragic. Hope that you do it. Keep up the good work!

What a guy awesome

Only 1 person can play him, the Hound from GOT.

Jason Stratham - british actor with a hard face

This is what they mean when they say "marines are not allowed to die without permission."

Great vid Simon on an amazing character, very much of his times. Who could play him? Well none of the current crop of Hollywood fops. I think his Gallic side would lead us looking at Jean-Paul Belmondo (certainly in his younger years) or even Jeans Reno or Gabin. Regardless, what a bad-ass

Sean Connery could've played an older Adrian.

Martin Freeman? I can't say for sure, but he was the first person I thought of.

Cool, I'll add one of his hairs to the super solider serum.

Sean Connery is my choice.

Team Simon 9:20 speaks for itself, indeed. Be great not good.

Boer is pronounced thus: Boo-er

Sean Connery would have been great in the role if the movie was shot 40 or 50 years ago. Personally, I can't think of anyone I could see play such a role believably.

This guy is great

Simon, you should play Adrian and I’ll write it!

Biographics Jean Claude VanDamme. He’s from Belgium. Plus, he could do that funny dance from “Kickboxer”. That would be cool.

Please do civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer. Thanks.

Im so glad you made a video on this great man. He was my real life hero during my highschool years

Tom Holland (younger Adrian) Ralph Fiennes (middle age Adrian)Sam Elliot(old age Adrian)

If I had the need (and the data allowance) to back-up my computer I would use Backblaze. However, I hotspot through a phone and only have a 150gig a month data allowance. That wouldn't cover my music collection (backed up vinyl etc etc yada yada)

@Biographics Dennis Hoffman should play him, and he should sound like Captain Hook. "GOOD SHOW OLD BOY" "GOOD FORM" "DEATH IS THE ONLY ADVENTURE YOU HAVE LEFT" "Peter(Hitler)! Where are you going? Come back here and fight me! Or I'll find you wherever you are, you hear me? Bad form, Peter(Hitler), come back!" " I have waited long to shake your hand with this. Peter Pan(Adolf Hitler), prepare to meet thy doom!"

sean connery. easily.

Getting shot, barely an inconvenience

Michael Collins Irish leader please.

Who was the British guy who at the start of WWII landed on a beach in Poland armed with only a sword. Several German military men with firearms were watching him, wondering what he was doing. Next thing, he and some friends take those Germans prisoner. At least that's how I remember it.

Smart jacket!

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