(When you see it, you’ll shit bricks. Image courtesy of FilmDrunk.)
You thought Never Back Down was hardcore? Bro, you have no idea. FilmDrunk gives us the heads-up about another sure-to-be-amazing MMA-related movie in production, which is called, simply, Fighting. No, it’s not about professional mixed martial artists working their asses off to break through in the most demanding sport on Earth, because how boring would that be? It’s about an underground fight league, and it stars a pretty-boy named Channing Tatum. Dig the plot synopsis:
* I was surprised enough when Djimon Housou signed on for NBD. How did they convince the Oscar-nominated Howard to play a street hustler in a teenybopper fighting flick? Was he worried that he was becoming too well-respected?
** "Ay mayn, I saw the kimura-lock you put on that crackhead. You could go places with that shit."
*** No they don’t. This "underground fighting circuit" fantasy has been portrayed in countless movies, at least since Lionheart, and it needs to end. We have above-ground fighting circuits now, and they really exist, and they’re awesome.
**** How does one define stardom in the illegal brawling world? Does Shawn score the cover of Outdated Movie Cliche Weekly?
****** For the unfamiliar, "Ultimate Fighters" are like mixed martial artists, except they have the powers of flight and invisibility.
Related: Our buddies at ScreenJunkies hear that Mickey Rourke has joined the cast of The Expendables, that Sly Stallone joint co-starring Randy Couture. I just saw The Wrestler, and Rourke kicked fucking ass. So as cool as this news is, I kind of hope the Natural doesn’t get any scenes with Mickey Crazy-Face, because he’d get completely tooled, acting-wise.