Q&A With Randy Couture

Randy Couture – UFC legend, underdog and all-around MMA icon.  Obviously one of the most popular MMA fighters in memory – and now he is an actor along with running a highly successful string of gyms.  He just completed The Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior, which will be out on DVD August 19.  Couture took time for an interview with SI.com‘s Arash Markazi; Couture discusses a wide range of subjects, including his budding acting career, his continuing battle with the UFC and when he will fight Fedor Emelianenko.  Below are some excerpts from the interview:

SI.com: You’ve done some acting before in mostly bit parts, but this is your first lead role in a film. How did that come about and how did you prepare for the part?

Couture: I originally read for a much smaller role but I then got to read Sargon. A lead character in a Universal picture was really exciting for me. I was excited to get the opportunity to move up. I felt like I got stronger as we went along. Getting dressed up in the costumes and being on the set and learning to swing the big axe around helped to put me in the right frame of mind. At some level you have to find that character inside yourself. I’ve been around mean, nasty people plenty of times in my life and seen that first hand, so somewhere you have to find it inside yourself to relate to the character and hopefully that allows you to tell the truth to a certain degree and stay true to the role.

SI.com: Did you channel any of the opponents you’ve faced in the Octagon to get in character?

Couture: Nobody specifically. I had an idea of the story and an idea of the character and what he would do and I would just try to visualize and imagine myself as that person.

SI.com: I would imagine you were able to take some of the physical skills you learned in the Octagon onto the set, but do you think you’ll take any of this villain character with you when you get back in the ring? Maybe you could become a bad guy like Sgt. Slaughter was for a little bit back in the day.

Couture: No, I don’t think so. I definitely see the transfer from the physicality of fighting into films and having a physical presence in the movie with the fight scenes and swinging the weapons around. I’d probably have a leg up in that regard. I don’t know that it will transfer back the other way. Being in front of the camera and commentating during the Ultimate Fighter made me feel comfortable. I don’t get nervous about that sort of thing at all. As long as I get into the character and know my lines, I feel pretty comfortable acting and doing it in front of anybody. I don’t think I’ll take anything from the movie back with me the other way. Unfortunately, they don’t let me swing an axe around in the Octagon.

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