With Hollywood talent agency WME/IMG taking control of the UFC, there has been plenty of talk about MMA stars heading into acting roles.
For example, Ronda Rousey has had notable parts in ‘The Expendables 3’ and ‘Furious 7’, while Conor McGregor received offers to be in both xXx 3 (which eventually was taken by Michael Bisping) and the latest Predator movie.
Another star who’s been making acting a fun side project is former middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Weidman recently made his second appearance on the Kevin James sitcom ‘Kevin Can Wait’. The New Yorker plays a reoccuring role as a police officer, who has the occasional run in with the title character James. In the most recent episode (‘Neighborhood Watch’), Weidman was joined by another name from the MMA world; UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten.
“I love Chris,” Rutten said, speaking with FOX Sports. “I was blown away by the first appearance from Chris, a guy that’s never acted before. I was tweeting about it, that’s how impressed I was. He was smiling, relaxed, having fun on camera, which is a very hard to do. It’s like going to a fight and not being nervous. You learn that over time but to do that as the first gig that he has and he pulls it off like that, he did a great job.
“I was literally blown away. I remember my first acting job and it was not like that!”
Rutten has also worked with Kevin James in ‘Here Comes The Boom’, and has remained friends since. Weidman too, is a personal friend of James — a long time MMA fan.
“He had the best acting coach on set and that was Kevin James,” Rutten said. “The reason I was shining in ‘Here Comes the Boom’ that was Kevin. If you have great people around you, great teachers, who make you aware of those little things that go wrong, those little criticisms and you take those because a lot of fighters have egos and nobody can tell you what to do but if you take that constructive criticism, it will make you a better actor.”