On July 24th, Kevin Connolly finally resumes his role as Eric Murphy on HBO’s ‘Entourage’. There’s rumored to be an immediate follow up movie for the hit show, but the big screen prospects don’t stop there for Connolly.
“I’m trying to get the Kimbo Slice story made,” Connolly told TheWrap. “I have his life rights, we have a script that’s great. It’s out and about, and the powers that be are trying to put the money together.”
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, a single father of six, made his claim to fame as a vicious street fighter from Florida. His backyard brawls were recorded and uploaded to the Internet for the entire world to enjoy, including Connolly.
“Kimbo Slice is known as one of the first YouTube celebrities,” Connolly shared. “He was the first person I ever sat in front of a computer and typed somebody’s name into YouTube. His fights ended up on the Internet, his backyard fights, and he all of the sudden … became this celebrity.”
According to Connolly, the autobiographical film isn’t just about a street fighter turned mixed martial artist, but also the twists and turns that went down while Kimbo was traveling on the road from rags to riches.
Prior to his brief stint with the UFC, which included a significant role in the 10th season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality show, Kimbo worked as a bouncer at a strip club and bodyguard for Reality Kings, a highly successfully internet porn company.
Connolly said Kimbo poured his heart out to the movie’s screenwriter when they sat down to document his unique life. It’s that kind of candor that makes Connolly believe he’s got a hit on his hands.
“It’s so personal to sit with a writer who you don’t know and tell them your deepest, darkest secrets and your life story, so I think it took him a second to get used to,” Connolly said. “But him and the writer really hit it off, and I couldn’t be happier with the script. I’m ready to go.”
Connolly plans to produce and direct the movie and is hoping Ferguson will play himself in the flick.
Kimbo owns a 4-2 MMA record, but was cut by the world’s premier MMA organization after getting trounced by Matt Mitirione at UFC 113 in May 2010. He hasn’t competed in another professional fight since.