(I blame you for this, Samuel L. Jackson hat.)
All that waiting just to see Randy Couture in the Octagon again, and now after one fight he looks to be headed back to the glorious world of film, where people only pretend to punch you in the face.
Sylvester Stallone has revealed that Couture will appear in his upcoming movie “The Expendables,” which begins filming this March in Brazil. The film – a charming little tale about a group of mercenaries who must infiltrate a South American country to overthrow an evil dictator – was written by Stallone and will also be directed by him.
If the name of the movie seems familiar in a Stallone context, that’s probably because you’ve seen “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” in which the titular character explains to his improbably attractive Vietnamese friend what the word expendable means: “It’s like someone invites you to a party and you don’t show up? It doesn’t really matter.”
Sly wrote that script too, so just imagine what’s in store for us when “The Expendables” finally hits screens in 2010.
In the context of the MMA world, this lets us know a little something about where Couture’s head is at. With the clock running down on his career, he’s signing on to do action movies rather than frantically trying to land more big fights.
Maybe he could fight one more time before filming starts in March, if he cares to. Or maybe he’s already decided that if there’s an easier way to make a living that also allows him to hang with Ghost Dog, who will not punch him behind the ear and bounce his head off the mat like a basketball, then forget this fighting stuff.
As much as we might hate to admit it, I think we all know that line of reasoning is difficult to argue with.