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[VIDEO] Mark DellaGrotte Talks Playing Himself in Here Comes the Boom
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.10.2012

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."


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