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Vin Diesel details why Conor McGregor rejected a role in the XXX Movie

LockerRoom Team
Calendar Icon11 August 2022

Conor McGregor is all set to make his motion picture debut in the remake of Road House alongside Academy Award Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal.

The Irishman will reportedly be playing a leading role in the film which will be a remake of the 1989 action film with the same name. While this will be the first major break for McGregor into the world of movies, this is not the first time that he was offered a role.

In fact, a few years back, Hollywood star Vin Diesel had invited McGregor to be part of the XXX: The Return of Xander Cage movie. Interestingly, McGregor was in between his rivalry with Nate Diaz and decided to focus on fighting instead.

McGregor wanted to focus on levelling with Diaz and passed on the opportunity to be part of the franchise.

"I wanted to have an English accent in the movie. I had created a role for Conor McGregor and after he lost to Nate Diaz, he had to go to a dark place, he had to go get his manhood back to fight the second time, so he wasn't able to do this film at the time,” Vin Diesel noted in his past interview with Brazilian TV show Giro Combate.

Speaking further, the superstar actor also addressed the appearance of Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey in the Fast and Furious franchise.

 "But I needed that accent, I wanted this English accent to be speckled in the movie. But I also wanted someone that could do fight sequences. A lot of the UFC guys do great fight sequences in movies. You saw when I put Gina Carano in 6, and Ronda Rousey in 7. I had great experiences when putting UFC fighters in the movie, so I wanted someone that had that English accent, they talk like this, and I got Michael Bisping to come and do that,” he added.

Michael Bisping eventually replaced Conor McGregor for the role in the movie and this apparently did not sit well with McGregor as well. He claimed that Bisping owed him 20% of the fee from the movie, a comment which Bisping laughed off. 

Paramount Pictures released the film, which had a $85 million dollar budget. It was released on January 5, 2017, and it made $346.1 million in box office revenue. It received inconsistent reviews from critics and received a 44% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie, according to the critics, has a flimsy plot and is only likely to please franchise enthusiasts.

What do you think would have happened if Conor McGregor took the role offered instead of focusing on the Nate Diaz fight? Let us know in the comments below.


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