Randy Couture Joins Bruce Willis, 50 Cent & Ryan Phillippe In ‘Setup’

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In November we mentioned that Bruce Willis and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson might star in Mike Gunther’s first theatrical feature, Setup. We now know those two are confirmed in the film, in addition to Ryan Phillippe.

Now, news comes of Randy Couture’s involvement in the action heist movie that the director calls a “guys-guys kind of movie.” Couture has been one of the most successful MMA stars in Hollywood, having recently starred in The Expendables and is expected to return in The Expendables 2.

Setup follows a group of criminals on the hunt for revenge after a diamond heist goes wrong. According to Hollywood Reporter, Couture will play “an enforcer who works for a local crime lord (Willis) tasked to oversee Jackson on an assignment.” If you have a problem with his acting ability, you may want to enter with caution because he’ll likely have plenty of lines. In addition, director Mike Gunther’s background as a stunt coordinator may lend to some favorable opinions of athletic stars.

I’ve shared my doubts on Fighters Turned Actors before, but there is no question they are a mainstay in entertainment. Fans of MMA will most likely check out one of the sport’s stars on the big screen and every demographic matters, especially in the action genre. There is no doubt these fighters can handle the physical demands of an action movie and that, along with their fanbase, gives them a leg up on many actors.

Randy Couture in The Expendables Randy Couture Joins Bruce Willis, 50 Cent & Ryan Phillippe In Setup

Randy Couture in The Expendables

Fellow movie blog Before The Trailer snagged an exclusive interview with Gunther, who discussed the film in detail. The writer/director shared an extensive synopsis of the movie.

“There’s three young men that grow up together on the wrong side of the tracks and basically they’re into petty crime and one has this religious background. He was being raised to be an altar boy and he broke away from that. The two other boys he runs around with… They’re just kids being kids and they decide to pull off a bigger heist than what they’re accustomed to. [Let’s just say… things don’t go exactly as planned.] It’s a really gritty, kinda of a guys-guys kind of movie. You know, guys being guys and having to deal with what’s right and wrong? I know what right and wrong is, but I’m still going to get what’s mine – you know, kinda thing? I think that’s really more the dilemma.”

Based on the cast and the director’s background, we can definitely expect an action epic. The only question that remains is whether the story and performances will suffice. Bruce Willis brings extensive experience as an action star and Ryan Phillippe has dabbled in the genre with MacGruber, Breach and Bang Bang Club, but nothing as hardcore as this movie sounds. Couture adds a bit of legitimacy to the characters in this film as far as the action element.

Does Setup sound like your kind of movie or will you wait for more news to gauge your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Before The Trailer

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  1. I lost interest when I heard Curtis Jackson was attached. I can’t stand him as an actor or a rapper.

    • is that so now? How very original of you. Never heard that before. Opinions ey?

      • Well, if you don’t like what I have to say, then gladly piss-off.

        • I am starting to wonder about him. I want to see how he does in that movie where he plays a football star stricken with cancer. Anybody willing to go to those lengths for a role will get my attention. He may be improving. But skepticism still reigns.

      • Jay,

        I don’t get your comment. Seems to me you’re making some veiled insinuation of the type that annoys the hell out of me.


        • He’s just mad that I’m not a fan of 50 Cent’s soo called “acting” and “rapping” (more like mumbling).

          • LOL@ Mumbling! They should have just asked LL if they needed someone who could act and still have the build.
            I think 50 will do alright though. He won’t reach Mos Def level, but he may equal Luda’s.

    • same here, hate everything about him, he’s probably the most egotistical PoS of a rapper i have ever heard.

      • What does that make Kanye West?

        • Any true hip hop fan would know that 50′s GRODT album was a classic. Why is that when rock stars trashed hotel rooms in the 80s that was just rock but if rappers have egos they are PoS????????

          • I try to like his music, but he mumbles, not raps. The only parts you can understand is when he talks about getting shot nine times or when he says “G-Unit” (idiotic name btw, but better than most rap names).

            • I can understand him fine (G-Unit stands for Gorilla Unit btw). 50 has fallen off recently but I think he might make a bit of a comeback.

  2. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  3. Ryan Phillipe was in the way of the gun. That was pretty hard core. What was this guy stunt coordinator of?

  4. I will never go see an action movie staring Ryan Philippe again. I was tricked into buying Chaos, only to discover that the two bad asses in the movie never fight. Freaking Philippe gets the damn climactic fight scene. Freaking awful!