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Before 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 in the game as he was a controversial athlete who dealt along 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 dependancy, 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 undertaking, which might be his first actually dramatic film position.
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This one has a deep private connection to me contemplating the various parallels our lives had. Thank you, @markkerrtsm for trusting me and @sevenbucksprod along with your life rights and extraordinary story. This man was as soon as thought of the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world. A real pioneering UFC legend. And actually, one in every of one. Demons of fame, drug dependancy, psychological well being and the strain to be #1, took over. Like many fighters in 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
While the Rock is a longtime MMA fan, he says he has no plans to step into the Octagon himself.
“The most successful part of my Octagon career, I’m sure, would be my entrance music,” he mentioned on the weigh-ins. “That’s where it would end.”
Johnson hasn’t revealed extra particulars in regards to the movie, so we’ll simply have to wait to discover out extra. Follow Johnson on Instagram at @therock to comply with his newest initiatives and, after all, health club posts.