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MMA Movie Alert: ‘Alex Cross’ Features Shredded Matthew Fox, Tyler Perry in a Non-Drag Role

(The girl in the purple dress later ditched her lame friend and hooked up with that charming redneck in the hunting vest at the afterparty.)

Warrior did its best to bring a thoughtful, somewhat realistic view of mixed martial arts to movie theaters — and it kind of tanked, which means that we’re back to depictions of MMA fighters as blood-thirsty psychopaths. So it goes with Alex Cross, which is slated to release on October 26th, and is based on the detective/psychologist character by novelist James Patterson. Here are the brass tacks, via our bros at FilmDrunk:

The story finds Cross on the hunt for Michael Sullivan (Matthew Fox), a ruthless assassin who murders the Washington DC detective’s wife. Sullivan, it turns out, is an MMA fighter, and Fox has transformed himself into something that would be right at home in a fantasy adventure or possibly Hurley from Lost’s nightmares.

Yeah, that veiny son-of-a-bitch you see above is Jack Shephard from Lost. We can only assume that Fox worked with nutritionist Mike Dolce and intensity coach Ben Foster to prepare for the role. On IMDb, the Fox character is listed as “Picasso,” which is probably a nickname referring to the fighter’s tendency to re-arrange faces. Huh. That’s actually kind of clever.

Cross will be played by Tyler “Madea“ Perry, who takes over the role from Morgan Freeman, who played Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Good Lord, that has to be the biggest actor-downgrade since the Sean Connery/George Lazenby fiasco of 1969. Can’t wait for the scene where Perry dresses up as an old fat lady to gain the trust of a group of cut-throat MMA promoters.

Coincidentally, Alex Cross will hit theaters just two weeks after Here Comes the Boom, better known around here as Paul Blart: Cage Fighter, making October 2012 the most important month for MMA movies since Frankenhood was released on laserdisc.

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Mofo- May 24, 2012 at 9:38 am
@enrik - lol James Irvin, good call. And yeh it's stupid him being that dehydrated, that's what fighters look like at the weigh in (when they've cut TOO much), NEVER in the ring.
Mofo- May 24, 2012 at 9:37 am
bgoldstein - If you wrote more articles yourself instead of farming out that job to whatever CP commenter will do it for free (copying and pasting from other sites), it wouldn't be a sinking ship. Though if Rex were still writing articles - it wouldn't be a sinking ship. Dunno why everyone here hated on Dundas, he's writing good articles over at the "pro" sites these days.
HEY- May 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm
Dude kinda looks like Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time.
enrikk- May 23, 2012 at 11:24 am
Looks like the man needs a glass of water. Haven't seen anyone that dehydrated since James Irvin
Enricho Palazzo- May 23, 2012 at 6:52 am
He looks part-man, part-insect. There is definitely such a thing as being too shredded.
Ricardo Guitardo- May 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm
That redneck in the hunting vest looks like Larry the Cable Guy.
The12ozCurls- May 22, 2012 at 11:05 am
That dude is more veiny than my schlong and sack combined. And that is saying something.
mDino- May 22, 2012 at 10:56 am
damn when did vince pichel get so ripped
paskhl- May 22, 2012 at 9:51 am
Man...that guy(Shephard)is ripped!Did you see these shoulders?Its insane!!!Hows that possible (if you're not a bodybuilder)???
I'd love to see what was his training regiment(bfore and during the filming of that movie)??
paskhl- May 22, 2012 at 10:21 am
Sorry,not "Shephard",but Matthew Fox,lol
But sincerely,he doesnt even looked the same!
bgoldstein- May 22, 2012 at 9:20 am
@Onan: Good catch! Who says this site is a sinking ship?!
Kid Clam Curtains- May 22, 2012 at 8:49 am
He looks like Jason Black when he lost to Thiago Tavares.
FilmDrunk- May 22, 2012 at 8:23 am
C'mon, CP, everyone knows Here Comes the Boom is actually called "Mixed Martial Farts."
Onan- May 22, 2012 at 7:39 am
Just so you know, if you google Matthew Fox, this post is the first result. I guess CP finally made it.
Fletch the V Stretch- May 22, 2012 at 6:48 am
I can't believe they would cast Tyler Perry in anything. Dude is obnoxious. And how in God's name did homeboy from lost get that ripped?
Fried Taco- May 22, 2012 at 6:41 am
Just checked, the midnight premier is already sold out!
Fletch the V Stretch- May 22, 2012 at 6:47 am
I call bullshit. :)