Faces to watch in 2010: Entertainment
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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, actor( Eric Williams / December 23, 2009 )
When word got out that writer-director Joe Carnahan ("Narc," "Smokin' Aces") was making a big-budget movie reboot of the cheese-tacular '80s TV action-comedy "The A-Team," a Who's Who of Hollywood heavyweights -- among them, Ice Cube, Common and street-fighting phenom Kimbo Slice -- began clamoring to play B.A. Baracus. That is, Mr. T's extravagantly mohawked, gold-bedecked, fool-pitying character.
In the end, former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson nabbed the part -- and quit the UFC to film it. "Mr. T was my hero growing up," says Jackson, whose only prior film role was a bit in 2008's "The Midnight Meat Train." "I was never a big fan of anything. But I was a big fan of 'The A-Team.' "
Now, with "The A-Team" already positioned as one of summer 2010's biggest tentpole movies, the body-slamming brawler appears set to inherit his idol's global superstardom. "Rampage, in a lot of ways, is this generation's Mr. T," says Carnahan. "He's a legitimate tough guy."
Still, don't arrive at the theater expecting to see a dead-on "Hey sucka!" Mr. T impersonation. "I'm not trying to be Mr. T.," says Jackson. "I'm Rampage! This is my own thing."
-- Chris Lee