Okay, maybe not, but what you might not know is that Kevin James has actually been a major fan of UFC and MMA for awhile, having trained with Randy Couture back in 2006. The movie will star the high school footballer as a physics teacher who gets into the MMA scene and making his way to the UFC in an effort to save his school’s music program.
Seeing the comedy star as a capable in-ring athlete may seem like a stretch for some viewers, but remember that the 5 foot 8, 250 pound 45 year old star has held his own with Couture in sparring matches in the past, so he’s no pushover, however he may appear in films like “Grown Ups.”
Far from a mere left-field casting choice, James has actually been pushing the movie as a way to bring MMA more to the mainstream eye rather than treating it as a niche sport.
Co-starring Henry Winkler as the best friend Selma Hayek as the school nurse/love interest, the film entitled “Here Comes the Boom” is currently set for a 2012 release. There’s no telling if the movie will play it straight or throw in some of Kevin James’ trademark self-deprecating humor, but the film at least promises to present mixed martial arts in a realistic manner.Martial Arts News