The general assumption everyone has had is that if the A-Team does well and Rampage becomes a star, you can kiss seeing him fight regularly goodbye. But there have been some comments lately that make it sound like Hollywood wasn’t all rainbows and lollypops for Quinton Jackson.
“I focused really hard and I trained really hard on this fight, but me having this damn movie and everything — I kind of almost regret doing the damn movie now,” said Jackson. “There was so much pressure. (20th Century) Fox kind of threatened to sue me if I lost and everything because they didn’t know I was fighting.”
Sounding already taxed by the ordeal, Jackson said he’d leave Las Vegas on Saturday night to begin the film’s press tour. The 31-year-old father of two also said he had other movie offers on the table, though he wasn’t sure he’d take any of them.
“I’m a fighter, but I tried to go into a whole new adventure and didn’t even know anything about tours and stuff in a movie. I had no idea I had to do this,” said Jackson. “I was just focusing on this fight and I wasn’t even worrying about (the other movie offers). I got to make a decision because it looks like it would be hard to do both if you’re gonna take time off and fight guys accountable here in the UFC…I’ve just got to think about which one I want to do.”
“Here, there’s a thing called ‘pecking order,’ ” Jackson said. “I’m not used to that. People can be really inconsiderate of people’s feelings. I wasted three weekends in a row waiting in my trailer when they didn’t use me at all. To be honest, my experience in this movie industry hasn’t always been good.”
“If you know one thing about me, I say time is the most valuable thing in this universe. I hate wasting time. And these [individuals] wasted a lot of my…time!”
The day’s battle royal, it turns out, had been about settling old scores with the ADs.
“I’ve been wanting to punch them for real for a while. I wanted to whup their [behinds],” he said. “Even though I was playing with them, I was going to do what I wanted to do. I smacked ’em a little bit on the ground.”
Jackson paused before clarifying his position: “I didn’t want to hurt the [individuals] but there was built-up aggression.”
Blame it on the emotional release of a long shoot finally coming to an end, blame it on fatigue.
Jackson gave voice to second thoughts about choosing “The A-Team” over UFC 107. “Overall, I was glad I experienced the stuff. But sometimes I have mixed feelings. Sometimes I think, ‘Damn, I should have taken that fight,'” he said.
Of course, Rampage is like a giant child (which is also mentioned in that LA Times article) and you get the feeling that he’d have negative opinions on going to Disneyworld if he had to wake up too early or put any proper effort into getting there. Regardless of the bitching, only one thing is for sure: The guy is gonna go where the money is.
Fortunately, Dana White still claims Rampage is going to make way more money fighting for the UFC than going Hollywood, and barring a sudden influx of leading roles, I believe him. No one knows exactly how much Rampage makes off his PPV percentage, but at a modest $2 per show (here’s how Randy Couture’s old deal is structured for reference) he makes over 1.7 million on this fight alone assuming it pulls the pre-estimated 850k buys. If Rampage actually managed to fight a few times a year … yeah, those are numbers I’m sure even he can understand.