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"You know, the secret is to always be ready. I'm always training. Whether it's martial arts, whether it's stunt training, whether it's weight training, just physical fitness. Always got to stay ready and just be ready to adapt."

Lateef Crowder dos Santos (born November 23, 1977 in Salvador, Brazil) is a stuntman, martial artist, and actor based in California. Born in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil, he moved to San Jose, California, at the age of four. Growing up, he studied gymnastics and Capoeira, and joined the Zero Gravity Stunt Team. Lateef Crowder is largely notable for his work in portraying Capoeira in film. His first major film role was as a capoeiristra fighting Tony Jaa's character in Tom Yum Goong (the choreography of which was abruptly reduced due to Crowder damaging his Achilles's tendon during filming), and he was a fan-favorite to play Eddy Gordo in the Tekken live-action film, which he was ultimately cast in.


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Tropes invoked by Lateef Crowder:

  • Big Scary Black Man: A common aspect of his roles. At 5'11", and his packed musculature, Lateef makes for an intimidating figure.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: His characters are often rather jovial, smiling and joking around with opponents even in the middle of fight scenes.
  • Dance Battler: Part and parcel with Crowder's Capoeira style, his fighting tends to be relatively dance-like.
  • Capoeira: One of the foremost actors in the field for this style, he is pretty much the go-to guy for Capoeira in films, and incorporates it into his style even when it's not listed as the fighting style.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Another common aspect of Lateef Crowder's roles is his dreadlocked hairstyle.
  • Production Posse: A stunt team member on several projects featuring Chilean actor Pedro Pascal. Most notably, Lucasfilm hired him as one of Pascal's stunt doubles on The Mandalorian, which won an Emmy in its first season for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie.


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