Earlier than Dwayne Johnson positioned the UFC’s “BMF” belt on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 final Saturday, he took the stage at Friday’s pre-fight weigh-ins to announce an upcoming film about retired two-time UFC heavyweight event winner and PRIDE fighter Mark Kerr, aka The Smashing Machine. Johnson and Dany Garcia’s firm Seven Bucks Productions is producing the biopic, and The Rock himself will star in it.
Kerr is retired, however he was as a lot a pioneer within the sport as he was a controversial athlete who dealt together with his fair proportion of demons over the course of his profession. The 2002 HBO documentary The Smashing Machine gave perception into his background, MMA profession, wrestle with habit, and tumultuous relationships. Johnson’s upcoming movie would be the first scripted tackle Kerr’s life story.
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On Monday, Johnson took to Instagram to share his ideas on the venture, which can be his first actually dramatic film function.
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This one has a deep private connection to me contemplating the numerous parallels our lives had. Thanks, @markkerrtsm for trusting me and @sevenbucksprod together with your life rights and extraordinary story. This man was as soon as thought of the best heavyweight MMA fighter on the planet. A real pioneering UFC legend. And actually, one among one. Demons of fame, drug habit, psychological well being and the strain to be #1, took over. Like many fighters within the cage or the ring, there’s a deep humanity and depth of character with this man that the world ought to see. We’ve all hit all-time low. Some make it again up. Some don’t. Giving this one my all. #MarkKerr #TheSmashingMachine
Whereas the Rock is a longtime MMA fan, he says he has no plans to step into the Octagon himself.
“Essentially the most profitable a part of my Octagon profession, I am positive, can be my entrance music,” he stated on the weigh-ins. “That is the place it will finish.”
Johnson hasn’t revealed extra particulars concerning the movie, so we’ll simply have to attend to search out out extra. Observe Johnson on Instagram at @therock to observe his newest initiatives and, after all, health club posts.