With a professional MMA record of 19 wins and 3 losses, UFC Featherweight Champion Max “Blessed” Holloway, 26, is a veteran martial artist. But when it comes to acting, the Hawaiian fighter is a newbie.
Holloway is making his debut as an actor in the heist action thriller film “Den of Thieves.” He will play a character named Bas, who is one of the robbers.
Scheduled to hit theaters on January 19, 2018, “Den of Thieves” was directed by Christian Gudegast. He co-wrote the screenplay with Paul Scheuring.
“Den of Thieves” stars Gerard Butler as a corrupt Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) police officer. His co-stars include Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson Jr., who play elite criminals named Levi Enson, Merrimen and Donnie.
Butler’s character is named Nick “Big Nick” Flanagan. The character has an estranged wife named Debbie Flanagan played by “House of Lies” alum Dawn Olivieri.
“Having the goatee, putting these clothes on, even putting this cap on, you turn into an animal,” Butler told Cinema Blend referring to his “Den of Thieves”character. “You feel like a total animal. You transform into another kind of being. You eventually blend into the character and you’re not thinking about it.”
Onboard as a consultant for the film was former L.A.P.D. cop Jay Dobyns. He also plays a character named Wolfgang.
“We look at films and go, ‘They didn’t get that right,’” Dobyns told Slash Film. “We’re trying to eliminate that as much as possible. It’s still a movie, and we still need to make it entertaining.”
Joining Holloway, Butler, 50 Cent, Schreiber, O’Shea, Olivieri and Dobyns in the “Den of Thieves” cast are Evan Jones, Cooper Andrews, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Lewis Tan, Mo McRae, Meadow Williams, Brian Van Holt, and Alix Lapri. Marquis Magwood, Adrian Nurse Jr., Cullen Ries and Daniel Lucente also appear in the film as cops.
Right after filming “Den of Thieves” in 2017, Holloway went to Brazil to defend his belt from Jose Aldo. Have a glimpse of the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion’s acting debut here: