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Canadian mixed martial arts fighter Georges St-Pierre (GSP) has been cast in Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier as a villain. This is huge news! The only other fighter to make it in a real blockbuster is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Well, technically he is not a fighter, but close enough. Pardon me! Add WWE's Batista to the mix, too.
Now, I've followed the career of GSP in the UFC from its start. The guy has exceptional skills and very humble personality. Seeing him in a movie is weird enough, but playing the bad guy? Seriously!?
Read on to see which character he is set to play!
Latino Review has shared the scoop that MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre has been chosen to play the larcenous Batroc the Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He joins two other confirmed villains for the project – Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and the returning Arnim Zola (Toby Jones).
St-Pierre (a.k.a. GSP), a native of French-speaking Quebec, is a multi-title-winning favorite of the UFC circuit. He is a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and kyokushin kaikan. He currently holds the UFC’s Welterweight Championship title.
Batroc first appeared in 1966 and has remained one of the Marvel Universe’s most enduring (and endearing) villains. A French mercenary in peak human physical condition, Batroc has regularly opposed Captain America (despite having no superpowers to speak of). Known for his garish outfit, awesome facial hair, and overall sense of joi de vivre, Batroc has a strict code of honor that has seen him turn on his more vile employers. Batroc’s track record of failure against Captain America is so extensive that it has become a running gag. Nonetheless, the character is well-liked by fans and has been consistently shown as a canny, ingenious fighter.
St-Pierre has very little professional acting experience, having appeared only in MMA-themed, low-budget titles such as Never Surrender, Death Warrior, and Hell’s Chain. As such, it’s not a great leap (ugh) to assume that Batroc’s role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier will almost entirely be a physical one. If Batroc is indeed only appearing in the movie to engage in an acrobatic fight sequence or two, this will probably not be a problem.
[via Screen Rant]