EXCLUSIVE | Josh Thomson Lands Lead In Film, Does All His Own Stunts | UFC NEWS
Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson rarely gets the credit he deserves or the acknowledgement of being one of the top lightweights in the world. It may be due to the fact that his first run in the UFC was very brief or because he has dealt with a lot of injuries through the years, limiting him to just seven fights since September of 2008.
His run as the lightweight champion in Strikeforce was marred by injuries, but a win over Gilbert Melendez is still very impressive, especially considering that the only other man to have beaten Melendez is Mitsuhiro Ishida and that was back in 2007. Thomson has also defeated many notable veterans including K.J. Noons, Pat Healy, Hermes Franca, Duane Ludwig and Gesias Cavalcante.
Thomson has had some time off since his last fight which took place in May of 2012. For a third time he met Melendez and lost a very controversial split decision. There was talk of having the two meet for a fourth time, but Melendez wasn’t too keen on the idea. For now Thomson is tackling another project, he was recently given the lead in a movie that was filmed in China.
“I think it went pretty well, it was a good experience for me,” Thomson told BJPenn.Com Radio. “I got the lead in the movie; it’s one of those lower budget films. I think a lot of fighters have done something like this. We really spent a lot of time on the choreography of the fight scenes so it didn’t look like a low budget film. The fight scenes were really good and I did all of my own stunts. Everyone knows I’m not an actor, but I got time at the end of the film to work on my dialogue and acting once the fight scenes were filmed.”
“It’s going to be a pretty sick movie as far as the fight scenes are concerned. I think in the whole movie I killed about 50 people, I mean I brutally killed them. It’s pretty vicious, I was massacring people, and it was crazy. It was execution style, back of the head bullets, swords to the spine, it’s pretty nasty. I’m actually pretty excited. The name for now is Fist of the Dragon, but it may be changed. It’s a remake of Moving Target which was filmed in 2000. The original actually looks like it was filmed in the 70’s. Hopefully things go well because they’ve already asked me to be in part two and three to complete the trilogy.”
Thomson wasn’t the original member of the American Kickboxing Academy who was supposed to read for the part. One of his teammates had a late night and missed the call which opened the door for Thomson, who at first wasn’t all that excited about the project.
“Luke Rockhold had the part and he was supposed to read for it around 10am,” said Thomson. “I think he was in Vegas at the time, he got drunk and he missed the reading. A good friend of mine informed them that Luke was unavailable and said they have one more guy who may be interested. They called me and asked if I wanted to do a Facetime reading and I said sure. To be honest I was trying to talk my way out it because it was Christmas season. I was at the mall shopping and thinking to myself that I didn’t want to do it. I told them I didn’t have the time, but they moved it back about five hours.”
“I got home and did the read for them at five and they asked if I could leave on January 1st. I was like that’s five days from now, but they pushed it back to the 3rd. When I got my airline ticket it said the 1st so I just ended up leaving on the 1st anyway. That’s pretty much how it all came about.”