Rampage Jackson Opens Up About Playing Bad Guys in Lord of the Streets

Quintin “Rampage” Jackson has been very busy lately.

“Crazy busy,” as he put it, speaking to Cageside Press in regards to the release Lord of the Streetsa new MMA-themed action film featuring him and Khalil Rountree Jr.

Rampage Jackson is one of the most experienced fighter-turned-actor to jump from MMA to film. In everything from the cult horror film The Midnight Meat Train (2008), to the big-screen 2010 adaptation of A-Team, Jackson has consistently found work alongside his fighting career — but Lord of the Streets offered him a new opportunity: playing the bad guy.

“I’ve never actually played a villain like this before, and I thought it would be fun. It’s good to change things up sometimes, just hope I don’t get typecast as a villain,” Jackson told Cageside Press. “You want to be the good guy in the movies and stuff like that, but sometimes it’s more fun to play the villain.”

Despite appearing in a number of feature films, Jackson noted that he had not acted before Lord of the Streets. “I haven’t made a film in a while at this point. It’s almost like starting over for me,” he said. And even though he has way more credit than some of his co-stars, “It was cool, it was cool to be there with the other fighters. I don’t see it because I’ve done more than them.”

When it came to his character Kane, Jackson based his performance on Suge Knight.

“I just thought that Kane is a combination of Suge Knight mixed with Nino Brown [portrayed by Wesley Snipes in New Jack City], “said Jackson. “I just wanted to play a character as memorable as those two characters. When you think of Kane, the guy is an asshole. So I don’t really have to go anywhere in my mind, I just want people to hate it.”

Apart from Rountree and Jackson himself, well-known MMA fighters including Anderson Silva and AJ McKee also appear in the film. Silva, in particular, initially struggles with his character, one of Kane’s minions in the film.

“It’s funny you ask that, because Anderson Silva is such a nice guy,” Jackson said of acting alongside Silva. “In one scene, he had to be rude to the girl, and called her ab*tch. He was like ‘no, I don’t want to do that.’ The director told him to do it, he said ‘no.’ He didn’t want to do it, he was very gentle, a very nice guy. I told him ‘Anderson, just think of it as Axel [the character] do it, he calls her ab*tch, not Anderson Silva.’ He’s like ‘oh, okay!’ Once he got it, he did it, and he did it, he called it ab*tch, he did a great job.”

In addition to Lord of the Streets, Jackson has a number of titles in production, and is currently training for a role in June. He will also support teammate Chieck Congo, who challenges Ryan Bader for the Bellator heavyweight title next month. “I support Congo 100%,” said Rampage.

Lord of the Streets, which features former UFC champion and Bellator MMA star Rampage Jackson, is available on streaming platform Tubi now.


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