Any child of the '90s worth their salt would be able tell you that the 1991 film Hook is quite possibly the best adventure film ever. It had it all: pirates, Peter Pan, a massive food fight, an enormous crocodile, and the toughest lost boy ever: Rufio.
Rufio was the fearless leader of the Lost Boys, played by Dante Basco. In the film, his spiky red and black hair and freakin' awesome sail-skateboard (all to the sounds of a 'RUFIO' chant put up by the other Lost Boys) made him the ultimate badass.
Though we know Rufio made the ultimate sacrifice for Peter when Captain Hook stabbed him to death, what ever happened to Dante Basco? Take a look for yourself!
Though he was 15-years-old when the film was made, and it's been 26 years since Hook was released, there's no mistaking this face for anyone other than Rufio!
Since Hook was released, Basco has continued to act and has had a very solid career. Though he still acts today, it's his voice rather than his face that you might recognize. Basco has voiced Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long, and General Iroh in The Legend of Korra. Though recently he's also appeard in Jarhead 3: The Siege, Orbyt Play and The Head Thieves.
But on top of his acting prowess, Dante is also a talented poet, releasing a compilation book of his poems and spoken word pieces. In addition to this, he also helped found the DPL - 'Da Poetry Lounge,' a poetry venue on the West Coast.
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Not to mention that in addition to his career, he even seems to have escaped the curse of the child actors to become a very well spoken dude! In his own personal vlog series on YouTube he spoke about his time on Hook and gave thanks to director Steven Spielberg saying, "[thanks to] Steven Spielberg for discovering me...Shoutout to Steven, always." As well as thanking co-stars Robin Williams ("he's incredibly intelligent and he was just a loving dude") and Dustin Hoffman ("He was just a crazy... His personality, he's just a mischievous kinda guy").
Despite Hook being released 26-years-old, Basco still has fond memories of the movie and in fact is currently crowd funding on Kickstarter to make a Rufio spin-off prequel! Basco plans on being the executive producer for the film, which has so far reached its minimum goal and has now raised $43,000 of its ultimate $200,000 goal to bring the film to life. Naturally the film will be title Bangarang, and will be about a 13-year-old Rufio before Neverland. The film will explore how Rufio made his way to Neverland, got his signature stripy mohawk and coined the phrase 'bangarang'
Even though Basco is now 41-years-old, and has got a pile of amazing credits to his name, for me he will always be an insult-slinging, bangarang-inspiring, stripey-haired Lost Boy who wanted a dad, just like Peter Pan.
What was the best insult in Hook?
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