Kevin James doing an MMA comedy

by Jeff Sneider | source: thewrap.com
 

Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Brock Lesnar, Chuck Liddell and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson had all better watch their muscled backs, because there's a new mixed martial artists ready to step into the ring, and he's a bigger star than all of them.

Sony has announced that "Grown Ups" star Kevin James will re-team with the studio for an untitled movie set in the world of mixed martial arts.

James will play a physics teacher whose school is facing drastic budget cuts. In order to earn money to save his best friend's job and the music program that his students hold dear, he moonlights as an MMA fighter, and ultimately winds up doing battle in the UFC.

Credit Sony for recognizing talent when the studio sees it, and doing what it takes to hold onto it. James is a relatable everyman who just may be the most likeable movie star working today. How else can one explain the surprising success of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop?"

Allan Loeb is in negotiations to write the MMA script, having recently worked with James on Ron Howard's upcoming infidelity comedy "The Dilemma."

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goku site profile image  

10/8/10 5:47 PM by goku

 a schoolteacher becoming a ufc fighter? totally unbelievable

puddlesmith site profile image  

10/8/10 5:42 PM by puddlesmith

might be good if he doesn't come off as the super wimp he usually plays in all his roles

Hong Kong Phooey site profile image  

10/8/10 5:20 PM by Hong Kong Phooey

 wrong , hes a great actor

John Nic site profile image  

10/8/10 5:12 PM by John Nic

Too bad every comedy I've seen him in has sucked royally

supersaiyan site profile image  

10/8/10 4:26 PM by supersaiyan

yes .. and i rmr ann episode of KOQ where BAS was a bouncer at a club :)

Boldar site profile image  

9/17/10 1:29 PM by Boldar

TTT for KJ, I'll be keeping an eye out for the movie.

Stranglehold26 site profile image  

9/17/10 12:33 PM by Stranglehold26

he actually rocks Bas Rutten shirts on some of the old King of Queens re-runs. I like the guy and you can tell he is a true fan. Not like some of these celebs who show up just to be seen

tj615 site profile image  

9/17/10 12:16 PM by tj615

Wow really? Hitch, Chuck and Larry, and Grown ups were great IMO. I can see people not liking mall cop, but I thought that was funny too b/c Kevin James is just hilarious.



 

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