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.
“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.