Dwayne Johnson placed the UFC’s “BMF” belt on Jorge Masvidal at
UFC 244 last Saturday, he took the stage at Friday’s pre-fight
weigh-ins to announce an upcoming movie about retired two-time
UFC heavyweight tournament winner and PRIDE fighter Mark Kerr,
aka The Smashing Machine.
Johnson and Dany Garcia’s company Seven Bucks Productions is
producing the biopic, and
Rock himself will star in it.
Kerr is retired, but he was as much a pioneer in the sport as he
was a controversial athlete who dealt with his fair share of demons
over the course of his career. The 2002 HBO documentary The Smashing Machine
gave insight into his background, MMA career, struggle with
addiction, and tumultuous relationships. Johnson’s upcoming film
will be the first scripted take on Kerr’s life story.
Check out the announcement here:
On Monday, Johnson took to Instagram to share his thoughts on
the project, which will be his first truly dramatic movie role.
This one has a deep personal connection to me considering the many
parallels our lives had. Thank you, @markkerrtsm for trusting me
and @sevenbucksprod with your life rights and extraordinary story.
This man was once considered the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter
in the world. A true pioneering UFC legend. And truly, one of one.
Demons of fame, drug addiction, mental health and the pressure to
be #1, took over. Like many fighters in the cage or the ring,
there’s a deep humanity and depth of character with this man that
the world should see. We’ve all hit rock bottom. Some make it
back up. Some don’t. Giving this one my all. #MarkKerr
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therock (@therock) on Nov 4, 2019 at 11:31am PST
While the Rock is a longtime MMA fan, he says he has no plans to
step into the Octagon himself.
“The most successful part of my Octagon career, I’m sure, would
be my entrance music,” he said at the weigh-ins. “That’s where it
Johnson hasn’t revealed more details about the film, so we’ll
just have to wait to find out more. Follow Johnson on Instagram at
@therock to follow his latest projects and, of course, gym
Source: FS – All – Fitness – News
The Rock to Star in Film About Retired UFC Fighter Mark Kerr