Quinto Rampage Jackson had to put his fighting career on hold to star in The A-Team film and on the last day of shooting an LA Times reporter was there to interview Jackson.
What he saw was a brief altercation between Jackson and a crew member who shouted accusations of homophobia at Rampage. The offending crew member was escorted off, but Jackson’s statement after the fact didn’t help his case.
“That motherf*cker wanted me to punch him so he could sue me,” said Jackson, admitting that acting might affect his fighting career. “Acting is kind of gay. It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass [individual]!”
In order to star in “The A-Team” movie, Jackson had to pull out of the mixed martial arts even UFC 107. He now somewhat regrets that decision. “Overall, I was glad I experienced the stuff. But sometimes I have mixed feelings. Sometimes I think, ‘Damn, I should have taken that fight,'” he said.
So perhaps that unnamed crew member was right. Jackson seems offended by the pampered star treatment equating it to the soft life of homosexuals (I know a few gay MMA fighters who would disagree with that assessment)
But Rampage is new to this acting thing and while I appreciate his genuine candor, a seasoned celebrity not wanting that situation to reflect badly on them would dismiss the accusations, not provide proof of them.
I am looking forward to seeing Rampage pull off the MrT role. I wasn’t expecting much from this non-actor but the trailers do make it look like he nailed it.