Iconic UFC Fighter Conor McGregor Expands His Career into Hollywood

Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal

Conor McGregor, the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, is set to make his Hollywood debut in Prime Video’s remake of ‘Road House,’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Doug Liman. The original 1989 film featured Patrick Swayze.

The remake follows Gyllenhaal’s character, a former UFC fighter turned bouncer in a Florida Keys roadhouse, uncovering unexpected challenges. McGregor, known as “The Notorious,” with a UFC record of 22-6-0 since 2008, has signed for an undisclosed role opposite Gyllenhaal, playing an original character.

Eager to break into Hollywood, McGregor found the ‘Road House’ remake to be the right project, inspired by the original’s characters, story, and screenplay. His enthusiasm grew after discussions with producers, including Joel Silver, who produced the original.

McGregor’s venture into Hollywood follows a desire he has harbored since almost starring in Vin Diesel’s ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage.’ Despite withdrawing, he took on the role of Bradley Fillion in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare video game.

As production begins, McGregor’s fans, akin to the trend of MMA fighters in Hollywood, eagerly anticipate his debut. Other fighters, like Georges St-Pierre, Gina Carano, and Ronda Rousey, have successfully made similar transitions.

McGregor’s move into acting aligns with the broader trend of athletes transitioning to Hollywood, exemplified by Dwayne Johnson’s success. As fans await McGregor’s Hollywood journey, the ‘Road House’ remake serves as a promising starting point for his acting career.

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