Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Produce & Star in Film About MMA Legend Mark Kerr
By FCF Staff
Movie and pro-wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attending UFC 244 this week. Ahead of today’s card, he announced he’s producing and starring in a biographic film about MMA legend, Mark Kerr.
During a press conference on Friday, Johnson announced the following (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I’m proud to say that myself and Seven Bucks Productions are going to make a film about the life of one of your founding fathers, the pioneering founding fathers, ‘The Smashing Machine’ Mark Kerr,” Johnson said.
“Mark Kerr’s story is such an incredible story. Here’s a guy who won the two-time heavyweight tournament in the early stages of UFC, and here’s a guy who also went over to PRIDE, (and) he had this incredible run. As many of these warriors have, and I wanted to shine a spotlight on this man.”
“I think what’s interesting about Mark Kerr’s story is, yes, he achieved so much in his life, (and) he was a ‘Smashing Machine,’ undefeated for a long time. But also like all of us and like a lot of these fighters, he battled these demons. These demons of addiction, these demons of mental health, these demons of getting out and the pressure of fighting in front of 20, 30, 40, 50,000 people and what that does to somebody.
The now 50-year-old Kerr retired from pro-MMA in 2009. The powerful wrestler went 15-11, with 1 no-contest during his career, and Kerr won two heavyweight tournaments under the UFC banner.