MMA fighter Conor McGregor seemingly almost had a role in The Predator as he mentioned in an interview with An Experience With as spotted by our friends over at AVP Galaxy.
“I’ll tell you there’s a lot of offers that I’ve turned down. I got offered The Predator movie. There’s a new Predator movie coming out and the guys came to me – did you see that horse thing I’ve done, the horse racing? That was like three days solid work for a hell of a lot of money, for three days. During that three day course, the people from Predator who are having this new Predator movie, a blockbuster…They came in and tried to the sell the whole shit. “We want you to be the main guy and you’re gonna fight [the] Predator” and I’m like “this sounds brilliant! How much?”
Not enough. We went back and forth negotiating and the number climbed up but if I was to do it would mean eight weeks in Canada, in Toronto or somewhere. It’s too long a time. You can’t do a million things at once. The Pegasus thing was one thing because it was like three days, in and out. But seven, eight weeks on a film set is heavy as fuck. Plus it would have crept in around when he’s due. I didn’t want to get tricky with that so I turned down that offer.”
McGregor seems to have been confused what his actual role would have been stating he would be the “main guy” something that Shane Black is refuting.
Director Shane Black chimed in as well recently on his Twitter account (confirmed via his AMA on Reddit last year) revealing that Conor wasn’t being offered a leading role in the film despite his comments.
CONOR McGREGOR: great guy, nice as can be — NOT, however, offered the male lead. Boyd Holbrook holds that distinction. Just sayin’.
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) January 30, 2017
The cast is already impressive as it could get with Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, and Jacob Tremblay.
Production will take place this February in Vancouver with its release date slated for February 9th, 2018.
SOURCE: SHANE BLACK