Will Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson be the first mixed martial arts star to cross over to the mainstream as a bonafide movie star? We’ll get an indication in a little over a week when The big screen production of hit 80’s show The A-Team hits cinemas on June 11th.
Whether you like the idea of seeing MMA stars in the movies, or would rather they just stuck to what they know best there’s no doubt that this is a situation worth following closely.
UFC President Dana White says reports from Hollywood suggest that Jackson performed well and the film is expected to be a major hit over the summer. If that’s the case it could bring a considerable amount of interest in both Rampage, the UFC, and potentially the sport as a whole.
Considering that the UFC aspire to become one of the leading sports in the world then a link to the mainstream public such as this is undoubtedly beneficial to their cause.
On the other hand if it is a hit, will Rampage be lured to Hollywood on a permanent basis? There’s already talk of an A-Team sequel and other movie roles on the table, and after his loss to Rashad Evans last weekend the fighter admitted that he’d have to seriously consider whether to remain in the sport, or devote himself to his acting pursuits as it’s too difficult to juggle both at the same time.
Of course if Rampage is horrible in the movie then none of this may matter. Judge for yourself whether that’s going to be case by watching a new video clip from the movie courtesy of IGN.com which features Rampage alongside a number of the other major cast-members such as Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper.