Anderson Silva wants to be as good of a movie actor as he is a UFC fighter
Look out Ronda Rousey. There's another UFC star fixing to join you in Hollywood.
Anderson Silva said at a press conference last week that he's interested in doing more acting in movies and wants to be as successful in that as he has been in the UFC. That's quite the statement considering the former middleweight champion is the greatest UFC fighter of all time.
"I want to do this as well as I've done in [fighting]," Silva said through an interpreter.
Silva, 39, has been in a handful of movies in the past, mostly in his home country of Brazil. This past year, he played a supporting role in "Tapped Out," a direct-to-DVD flick about an MMA fighter attempting to avenge his family's death. Former UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski also starred in that movie.
"Monday Nights at Seven," Silva's latest movie project, is currently in post-production, according to IMDB.com. The film, starring veteran actor Edward James Olmos, is described as a "love story." It doesn't have any relation to MMA whatsoever and Silva doesn't play himself.
One of the issues standing in Silva's way is his English, which he has been working on. He understands the better he gets with the language, the more roles he'll be offered.
"It's something that's always been with me," said Silva, who returns from a broken leg to meet Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. "I'm going for that. I'm studying. [I have] a few movies already in production in Los Angeles."
Silva does live most of the year in LA with his family, so geographically he's in a good spot. Rousey made her feature film debut over the summer in "The Expendables 3" and will star in "Entourage" and "Fast and Furious 7" next year.
Maybe Silva, too, will get his big Hollywood break sometime soon. "The Spider" already has an idea for a character.
"It's something I always wanted to do when I was a kid," Silva said. "I thought I was Spider-Man."