Pride of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and a former light-heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will make his acting debut as Sgt. Bosco “Bad Attitude” Baracus in the upcoming big-screen version of “The A-Team” — but Jackson’s bad attitude appears to be more than just an on-screen persona.
Jackson has come under fire for a series of homophobic and anti-gay remarks, and in equating acting with homosexuality.
In an unflattering profile in the Los Angeles Times, Jackson spoke of his experience filming in Vancouver, saying “Acting is kind of gay.”
“It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass (expletive)!
“Vancouver strikes me as a San Francisco-kind of place. And I don’t want (expletive) getting ideas about me. I feel in my heart I’m the toughest (expletive) on the planet. And I don’t want nothing changing my train of thought. If you don’t believe that when we step inside the octagon, it shows.”
The Times also reported an incident on the “A-Team” set where a crew member threw a homophobic slur at Jackson (possibly as a joke), and the fighter responded with “barely contained fury.”
Jackson reportedly spouted gay slurs back at the crew member before finally declaring him a “punk” and throwing him off the set.
Read the full article at the Los Angeles Times.