No matter how terrible a UFC event is, the UFC can always rely on Kevin James to be there so they have at least one ‘Hollywood actor’ to show off along with whatever local football player has nothing better to do on a Saturday night. For that loyalty, James has been awarded with the right to feature the UFC brand in his upcoming MMA comedy:
“Here Comes the Boom” is a film expected to be released in 2012 starring James alongside co-stars Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler. It focuses on a high school biology teach who moonlights as an MMA fighter to help raise money to keep his school’s music program up and running.
James, who is a longtime supporter and fan of MMA, actually called UFC president Dana White when they began production and asked permission to use the UFC brand in the film.
“I like Kevin and he called me up and he’s passionate about the sport, he wanted to do this movie. We haven’t given the rights to anybody,” White revealed. “(In the movie) it’s UFC, we gave him the rights to it.”
The movie is directed by a guy who did a bunch of Adam Sandler movies and written by Allan Loeb (of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps infamy) and will feature a buttload of MMA personalities including Joe Rogan, Bas Rutten, Bruce Buffer, Mark DellaGrotte, Arianny Celeste, and Mayhem Miller.
But where’s the UFC’s A team of acting? Rampage Jackson from the … A-Team! Randy Couture, the legendary Scorpion King! Mike Pyle, who actually didn’t suck in Universal Soldier! Somewhere out there, Heath Herring is pummelling his agent with knees on the ground over not landing him the role of ‘Gym Receptionist #2.’