Kevin Connolly, an actor whose biggest claim to fame is playing Eric Murphy on Entourage, wants to make a movie about the life story of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. While this might sound a little unlikely, he's actually much further ahead in the process than you'd expect. Connolly spoke to thewrap.com about the project:
"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."
Connolly hopes the Ultimate Fighting Championship star and occasional actor will play himself in the film. Slice was a bodyguard for a Miami-based porn company when he began holding backyard fights and posting them online.
"Kimbo Slice is known as one of the first YouTube celebrities," Connolly said. "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."
Apparently this will have to wait until the end of Entourage, but Connolly was impressed with Kimbo opening up to a screenwriter and telling his story:
"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."
Would you go see a movie about the life of Kimbo Slice? I have to admit, I'm kind of intrigued.