Ronda Rousey is tough as nails, but her latest gig has her more than a little rattled. It was previously reported that the UFC star will head a remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze-led action film “Road House.” However, given that she’s such a big fan of the original movie, she’s understandably worried about dissapointing fans.
The 28-year-old fighting champion got her acting feet wet in the past couple years with small roles in action films like “Expendables 3” and “Furious 7.” Now she’s hoping to parlay her very successful UFC career into acting while her star is on the rise. The upcoming remake of “Road House” is one of the ways that she’s planning to do that, but there’s just one problem.
“I’m obsessed with ‘Road House,’ I love ‘Road House.’ I grew up watching westerns, I love westerns too,” she told Entertainment Tonight before revealing her nerves about the role are starting to get to her. “The worst thing that’s going to happen is, I’m going to suck and I’ll disgrace the name of Swayze and ‘Road House’ and everyone will hate me.”
While Rousey was joking, it’s clear that she has some reservations about being a novice actress stepping into such an iconic role. According to Variety, she’ll play a character based on Swayze’s character, Dalton. In the original film, Dalton is a tough, well-trained bouncer (otherwise known as a “cooler”) that makes his way to an extremely violent and dirty bar. Through a series of hard stares and high kicks, he’s able to whip the bar back into good shape and end the corruption that’s gripping both the establishment and the town at large.
Despite being worried she’ll sully the original, Rousey says that she’s been circling this role for about two years. When she finally was confirmed for the part, she took to Twitter to share with her followers a very heartfelt message about how honored she was to be taking on the role that she was so personally entertained by growing up.
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) September 9, 2015
Rousey is expected to begin filming on the “Road House” project next year.