Wesley Snipes thinks his new kickboxing, vampire-hunting role in "Blade" isn't at all like the typical Hollywood shoot-'em-ups.

"Action films in America get a bad name as a result of being empty and void of substance," the 36-year-old actor said. "This one has a story - not just special effects."The classically trained Snipes said his movie also represents an important cinematic debut: a black superhero. He couldn't turn that down.

"Once you're given an opportunity, it becomes your fault if you don't take advantage of it," he said.