Kevin Connolly is interested in producing and directing a film based on the life of mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice after he finishes starring in the last season of Entourage. Connolly revealed his plans to have slive play himself in the film during a recent interviewed with The Wrap. Here is what he had to say:
"I'm trying to get the Kimbo Slice story made. I have his life rights, we have a script that's great. It's out and about, and the powers that be are trying to put the money together."
Before becoming a fighter, Slilce worked as a bodyguard at a porn company in Miami. He then began holding backyard fights and posting them online. Connolly goes on to say:
"Kimbo Slice is known as one of the first YouTube celebrities. He was the first person I ever sat in front of a computer and typed somebody's name into YouTube. His fights ended up on the internet, his backyard fights, and he all of the sudden... became this celebrity."
The plan is to craft a story that is more about Slice's unlikely road to success instead of focusing on mixed martial arts or ultimate fighting. Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, worked with a screenwriter to share details of his life.
He goes on to talk about the script:
"It's so personal to sit with a writer who you don't know and tell them your deepest, darkest secrets and your life story, so I think it took him a second to get used to. But him and the writer really hit it off, and I couldn't be happier with the script. I'm ready to go."
Connolly first directed Gardener of Eden in 2007, which Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way produced. The final season of Entourage returns to HBO on July 24.