Conor McGregor’s manager Tim Simpson has insisted the fighter’s role in the new film will not affect his return to the UFC.
He Dubliner will star in his first movie acting gig in the reboot of ‘Road House’ alongside Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal.
Despite being scheduled to shoot the movie, which is said to be shot in the Dominican Republic, McGregor is still expected to return in 2023, his manager, Simpson, said.
“It fits perfectly,” Simpson told MMA Junkie at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City. “He’s still on track to come back strong next year, but it fits perfectly in the meantime.”
The former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion was healed from a broken leg in a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in July 2021.
He has vowed to return to the Octagon but also seems to indicate that he is moving from fighting as he hinted at an early retirement by tweeting: “MMA, I will never forget you! Work! easily.”
But Simpson, Paradigm Sports’ senior vice president of MMA, said McGregor is in excellent form, and is just waiting for his leg to fully recover.
McGregor had an intramedullary rod inserted into his tibia, as well as a small disc and screw to repair the fibula as he underwent surgery.
“The leg is still healing,” Simpson said. “I think there’s a little bit more to go on with that, but he trained like a madman twice a day, every day.
“He has his full team there: the McGregor Fast team, all the fit guys and fitness, physical, boxing, coaches. He worked very hard. He is practicing very hard. He’s been in incredible form – just needing the final adjustments to get his foot back where it needs to be.”
Road House will follow a former UFC fighter, played by Gyllenhaal, who takes a job as a janitor at a rough and messy roadside house in the Florida Keys, but quickly discovers that not everything seems to be. in tropical paradise.
It is not yet clear who McGregor will play in the project, but sources have made it clear that he will be playing an original character and not himself.
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Insiders say that when McGregor heard there was interest in him joining the cast of Road House, he saw the original film for the first time and enjoyed it so much that he wanted to join the cast. engage in action sequences.
Sources add that after a meeting with producer Joel Silver, Conor was sold on the project and loved the idea of where the new story would position relative to the original.
Amazon Original Movie is scheduled to be made in the Dominican Republic this month and will stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide when it’s released.
While McGregor is excited about his Hollywood debut, for some fighting fans, they believe his new departure marks the end of his fighting career.
“We’ll never see him again in the Octagon,” one person tweeted while another added: “This guy isn’t serious about fighting anymore, when will Conor fans be understand that?”
Other movie fans object to a remake of a classic that they seem to hold tightly to their hearts.
One stormer: “Great, now that’s TWO reasons not to watch it,” while another added: “This movie looks more appealing in the daytime. no one asked for it. “
One furious fan spoke up: “A remake of Roadhouse with McGregor? Talk more about insulting injury”.
One person stated: “You can’t improve on perfection, let Roadhouse stay where it is.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/conor-mcgregors-manager-says-his-new-movie-role-will-not-get-in-the-way-of-his-ufc-comeback-41932915.html Conor McGregor’s manager says his new movie role won’t stand in the way of his UFC return