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There was a buzz around the interwebs when news hit that Rampage Jackson had signed on to play Mr. T B.A. Baracus in the upcoming film version of The A-Team. I can imagine the former UFC champ saying “I pity da fool with them ta-tas” before dry humping a woman. It would make for a quality cinematic experience.
The story of Rampage’s signing came from the most trusted name in journalism: The Sun (warning bells should have gone off in your head). Too bad Rampage hasn’t actually signed on to the movie. From MTV News:
Proving yet again that at least some of the folks at UK tabloid The Sun are lying liars, MTV has confirmed that UFC champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has not been cast as B.A. Baracus in the coming big screen adaptation of “The A-Team.” I’m not even going to link to the story, as these jokers don’t deserve the traffic.
What I CAN tell you is that I reached out to Jackson’s publicist who checked with the fighter’s manager, as Jackson himself is currently on hiatus. The response? “His manager said it wasn’t true.” Move along people. There’s absolutely nothing to see here.
Rampage could very well end up taking the part, alongside Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Wedding Crashers), who have already signed on to the project. The point of this is that the producers have not yet announced who will be playing the role. It could end up going to Rampage, but it also could be Ice Cube, Common, or literally any black guy in Hollywood under the age of 40 — although Robert Downey, Jr. in blackface would be pretty outstanding.
Since everyone at The Sun seems to have trouble reporting real news, I’ll give an example: The Sun is run by a group of head trauma victims who rape farm animals. Lady and gentlemen, you heard it at Fightlinker first.