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''Survivor'''s Shane Powers' acting past -- We rate the small roles of the dramatic ''marketing executive''

''Survivor'''s Shane Powers' acting past

He's contemplated quitting, destroyed his alliance, and even demanded sole possession of a ''thinking seat,'' but this isn't the first time Survivor contestant Shane Powers has acted out. The ''marketing executive'' is actually a seasoned thespian, having starred in such classics as Bloodfist VII: Manhunt. Below, a look at his finest work.

MY SO-CALLED LIFE 1994
ROLE: GUY NO. 1
Powers steals the show in the pilot episode of this seminal coming-of-age TV drama. In just two minutes, he sexually assaults a minor (Rayanne) and then threatens to kill her after she hurls a liquor bottle at his head. ''What's your problem?'' he yells at an understandably disturbed Courtney...I mean Claire Danes. As a bad boy, Shane is all good. A

BLACK SCORPION 1995
ROLE: COP NO. 2
Spitting out his beer is just one of the cliché comic-relief gags Powers employs in this sex-meets-superhero film. When not pursuing the scantily clad vigilante or some evil guy called the Breathtaker, Powers also proves his mastery of props by sporting a gas mask, which could actually come in handy should one Bob Dawg choose to revisit Casa de Charmin. C

LUSTER 2002
ROLE: SAM
In this ''refreshing look at gay romance,'' Powers plays a record-store owner who destroys lawn furniture, tenderly pays off his mom's mortgage, and then kills himself because he's in love with his best friend, Jackson. The movie kinda sucks, but Shane actually emotes half decently, even if his final words, ''I just don't want to be here anymore,'' ring eerily familiar. B

STING OF THE BLACK SCORPION 2002
ROLE: SPECS
Powers' fifth turn in the Black Scorpion franchise finds him chasing dudes with names like Firearm and Flashpoint. He also shows off his impressive range by portraying an old man after being prematurely aged by the ruthless Clockwise. That scene where he holds his back in pain while sporting a gray comb-over — now, that's acting. B+

Originally posted Mar 31, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints