[VIDEO] Mark DellaGrotte Talks Playing Himself in Here Comes the Boom
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.10.2012
DellaGrotte would've had a hard time messing up playing himself...
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed fight coach and trainer, Mark DellaGrotte, who plays himself in a featured role in the movie Here Comes the Boom:
On Kevin James doing a movie about MMA: "It's something he wanted to do for a long time. It wasn't like I got a phone call out of nowhere. Kevin is a huge fan of the sport."
His experience on working on the movie: "It wasn't about being an actor or crossing over or making a ton of money. What was amazing for me was just the experience of being around people like Henry and Salma and Kevin. I grew up watching 'The Fonz,' and to watch 'Happy Days' and sit next to Henry on a movie set is surreal. They knew that having guys like me, Bas Rutten, Parsons, Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin, Joe Rogan – all these guys contributed to the movie. Part of our role as people that have come from mixed martial arts and are firm believers in the sport – we all wanted to make sure this movie was accurately depicted. So it was a full crew that made sure the fight scenes looked good."
On the low level shows in the movie and how they resemble some real-life regional MMA shows: "We've seen some rough things. Most of the movie was filmed in New England, and I truly believe that New England is a hub for mixed martial arts. I've done shows like that. That was one of Kevin's themes in the movie … to show people what it's like to go through the struggles of a young fighter or a fighter coming up in the amateur leagues. Kevin wanted to show that because that's real."
On getting the acting bug with the movie: "I told Kevin I got bit hard, and he laughed at me. Not because I said that, but because of my accent. A lot of people are complimenting me on my acting ability, and it's kind of bittersweet, because I don't know how I could possibly mess up being me."