Gina Carano and The Dwayne Johnson Effect

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Gina Carano and The Dwayne Johnson Effect

Post  Angelique on Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:27 pm

Written by: E. Spencer Kyte

All the Mixed Martial Arts world is buzzing with the recent string of stars making their way to Hollywood, picking the bright lights and minimal bruising of the silver screen over the beatdowns and bloody lips that come with the cage.

While most fighters-turned-actors have landed supporting roles (see Jackson, Quinton) or the lead in direct-to-DVD sequels (see Couture, Randy), Gina Carano is taking things one step further, landing the lead role in Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh's Knockout.

When discussing this growing trend on the most recent Watch Kalib Run Cage Cast, an interesting and very plausible analogy for Carano's career moving forward came to mind.

Is Gina Carano set to become the Dwayne Johnson of Mixed Martial Arts?


For those who have shied away from the squared circle since the days of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka or simply choose to deny their former love of wrestling, Dwayne Johnson is better known to some as former WWE champion "The Rock," easily the greatest crossover success the wrestling world has produced to date.

Following his rise from young up-and-comer to world champion, Johnson began branching out into the acting world, a natural move for the highly-charismatic potential leading man. His first leading role came as the titular character in The Scorpion King, a role that netted him the largest salary for a first-time lead actor in movie history.

From then on, his in-ring appearances became less frequent, as more movies followed, until the point came where "The Rock" was just a part-time wrestler, while Dwayne Johnson focused on being a full-time actor.

The potential parallels with Carano are obvious, just as her decision to capitalize on this opportunity makes perfect sense as well.

While countless troglodytes and trolls have left comment after comment criticizing this move or voicing their pre-pubescent fantasies for a nude scene throughout the online community, the fact of the matter is that Carano should make in the neighborhood of ten-times more to make this film than she does for getting punched in the face.

It doesn't take an accountant to tell you that that is a wise financial decision.

Just as Johnson saw the need to strike while the iron was hot and his career was on the upswing, the same applies to Carano now.

Here name recognition and mainstream popularity have never been higher, coming off the massive promotional push of her fight with Cris Cyborg, her role on American Gladiators and he presence in the pages of Maxim Magazine.

Additionally, Carano, like Johnson before her, understands that her in-ring activities won't last forever, and the chance to open a new avenue for life after fighting cannot be missed, especially when the one presenting the option is Steven Soderbergh.

The director of Traffic, Erin Brockovich and the Ocean's Eleven series has said Knockout will be a female James Bond-type adventure, which immediately brings the word "franchise" into play.

But what will all this mean for her career in the cage?

Obviously, a return to the ring in the near future is out of the question, as starring in a major motion picture is not a three week vacation to remote locations.

After filming is complete, the comparison with "The Rock" has the potential to play out even more.

Strikeforce has already displayed a willingness to allow high-profile fighters the opportunity to pursue other endeavors (see Le, Cung) and Carano should be no different.

Much like Johnson was booked into short storylines and given a major push during his sporadic returns to the ring, expect the same with Carano when it comes to fighting.

One highly-publicized, well-promoted fight between acting opportunities is not unreasonable to expect, as Caranao remains "The Face of Women's MMA" and one of the most marketable mixed martial artists period.

In fact, the lack of depth in the female Strikeforce ranks works in Carano's favor as well.

With few credible challengers established enough to sell an event alongside "The Brawling Beauty," Strikeforce can invest some time into building an opponent before putting pen to paper on a contract with Carano, thereby allowing her the time to scratch her acting itch.

While picking an acting gig over an established fight is a little questionable ** cough Rampage cough ** using your time away from the ring to put a little money in the bank for your post-fight career cannot be criticized.

Gina Carano may still be "The Face of Women's MMA," but the opportunity to be the face of a potential action movie franchise is one you don't turn down.

And that's the bottom line, because Stone... oh wait, wrong wrestler.


Source: www.watchkalibrun.com
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Post  DanteTheLionWarrior on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:28 pm

Sweet! a movie with Gina Carano taking on the lead role??!?!?!?!?! That's a movie i'd pay 100 bucks to see. Now with her fighting career.....Seeing her fight is really awesome to see, but like i said before any decision she makes for her future i support 1000%
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Post  Bastiaan on Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:37 pm

thanks for the article, Ang
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Post  Poshy2005 on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:32 am

I can't wait to see this movie. Gina is playing it smart.
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Post  powerbomb91 on Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:26 am

if i had the chance i would go for it ,,,,with out a doubt ....
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Post  Angelique on Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:13 am

No problem... I thought it was a good article that actually sides with G for a change. All these naysayers irritate me.
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Post  Brittany on Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:22 pm

I agree with you Ang. People always seem to want to criticize everything that Gina does and it's rather ridiculous, to me.
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Post  DanteTheLionWarrior on Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:55 pm

It's not their life.......It's Gina's decision to do what she wants with her future and if they were real fans of her then they would support her no matter what she does.
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Post  Poshy2005 on Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:54 am

DanteTheLionWarrior wrote:It's not their life.......It's Gina's decision to do what she wants with her future and if they were real fans of her then they would support her no matter what she does.

BINGO, but truth be told the media, the fans, and who ever else says anything thinks it is.
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Post  Brittany on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:24 pm

Very well said Dante!
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Post  powerbomb91 on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:19 am

nice dante .............that what i been tryin to tell people all along
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