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With Two Movies on Deck, Couture Probably Booked Through Spring 2011

("See Brett, if you just marry them first, they can’t be compelled to testify against you." PicProps: XtremeCouture)

With each new piece of news that emerges, it’s starting to feel more and more unlikely that we’ll ever see Randy Couture in the Octagon again. After a 12-month period that saw him go 3-0 in the UFC – with wins over Brandon Vera, Mark Coleman and James Toney  — and score significant screen time alongside Mickey Rourke’s man boobs, Steve Austin’s emotive grunting and Sly Stallone’s extremely troubling facial hair in “The Expendables,” Couture’s been playing it pretty coy these days about his status as an active fighter. Even though he won’t be making an official retirement announcement, he says he’ll only strap on the 4-ouncers for future fights that are “interesting” (read: winnable) enough. Now the 47-year-old’s non-fighting schedule could keep him busy until the Spring of next year.

Couture appeared on local Las Vegas radio recently – no family commitments to keep him occupied during the holidays, you understand – to reveal he’s landed a role alongside fellow baldster Bruce Willis in a movie that will film in early December and that he hopes everybody else can clear their calendars in time to crap out an “Expendables” sequel in March. With all that going on, Couture will have a very limited window in which to squeeze in any actual MMA before he turns 48 next June. Still, he maintains that if the UFC brings him something juicy, he’ll give it a sniff.

"(My fighting career is on hold) for now," Couture said, as quoted by MMA Junkie. "You never know what (UFC officials) are going to throw at me. We’ll see, and if it’s interesting I might not be able to walk away from it."

The Willis movie – where you’ll be able to identify Couture as being the taller of the two – is reportedly called “Setup” and doesn’t sound like it will push the former multidivisional UFC champ too far out of an acting comfort zone that previously landed him gigs in “The Scorpion King: Rise of the Warrior” and David Mamet’s “Redbelt.” Dig this plot synopsis from MMA Fighting: “In ‘Setup,’ Couture will play a gangster named Pete. The film is reportedly about a jewelry store heist that leads to a double-cross, with one thief going back for revenge on the partner that went rogue.”

"It just happened a couple of days ago,” Couture said of his casting. “It’s a fun character. Small part, but a fun character in kind of a gangster movie.”

The film also reportedly has a role for rapper 50 Cent and will shoot largely on location in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That just got your attention, didn’t it, Academy Awards voters? With the bulk of production going down in the Great Lakes State, I know we’re all thinking the same thing here: Let’s see if we can’t find a walk-on role for Dan Severn, am I right?

Following that, Couture hopes to reprise his part as the oddly-named “Tollroad” in “The Expendables” franchise. The biggest obstacle to getting that off the ground could be the busy schedules of the other actual actors, Couture said, but given the popularity the first film he thinks people will do what it takes to make it work.

"It’s definitely happening," Couture said. "The target for now is March to start shooting the sequel. I think the trick is going to be getting everybody free to come back and do it, but I think the first one was so successful, everybody is going to be excited to come back for the second."

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FaH Q NL15- November 28, 2010 at 11:44 am
If Randy ever fights again I obviously am payin for that shit. And I know that if he does it is gonna be for a fuckin war, or a shit show (James Toneyish, IE Tito). Either way Id be pumped. But sadly enough Im completely OK with him never fighting again solely because I met the man the day before his final fight. Got a picture with him and told him how much he is appreciated. Honestly, what fuckin fight would go to a fan expo the day before his fight and jus sit there and meet with fans. Randys a goddamn class act and I support whatever the hell he does. Even if it is painfully awkward
Kimbos Bread- November 27, 2010 at 11:49 am
He killed stone Cold Steve Austin , you know the former pro wrestling champ in the movie. That was good enough for me. Randy will never be an Oscar winner, y'all gonna have to live with that.
Hum Deez Nutz- November 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Randy can act about as good as his ex can fight.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

"Rheedy- I dun beatdafie rietown attaya, prenciss, beleedat. Beleedat."
Darkside- November 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Couture was good in that movie? Seriously? Cocaine MUST be a helluva drug....
Austin3210- November 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I couldn't wait for the diatribe about cauliflower ear to end. So forced it made me uncomfortable.
DaltonSwayze- November 26, 2010 at 11:40 am
@Kimbos Bread

You thought he was good in the Expendables? I was embarrassed for him when he was on screen
KrmtDfrog- November 26, 2010 at 11:27 am
"The film also reportedly has a role for rapper 50 Cent and will shoot largely on location in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "

I wonder if its gonna be shot next to Batista's new film that's starting up in a couple days.
Smitty- November 26, 2010 at 9:51 am
Trust me, if the grim reaper comes, it'll be for both of them.
Kimbos Bread- November 26, 2010 at 9:48 am
The next time I see Randy on pay TV I want to see Randy play Darkseid in a Superman flick or something epic like that, although he was pretty good in Expendables.
StinkFacer- November 26, 2010 at 9:42 am
If I was Couture, I wouldn't want to stand TOO close to Favre. The grim reaper might mistake the two.