Georges St-Pierre walks the red carpet at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiere
Georges St-Pierre’s career away from fighting is off to a good start after the former UFC welterweight champion walked the red carpet in Los Angeles on Thursday night at the premiere for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.
St-Pierre stars in the film as French mercenary Georges Batroc, a character popularized in the comic books as Batroc the Leaper — a legendary Captain America foe.
While the Canadian fighter has taken roles in other small budget action films, this is his first major motion picture and Captain America: The Winter Soldier is expected to be one of the biggest movies of 2014.
St-Pierre appeared on the red carpet alongside his co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s a nice change of pace for St-Pierre because in his UFC career he was always seen as one of the truly good guys in the sport, with a huge fan following from all over the world. In his new film role, St-Pierre will play a villain who takes hostages and battles Captain America in one of the film’s big fight battles.
"My character is Georges Batroc, we have the same name, he speaks French, too, he’s a French mercenary," St-Pierre said on Thursday. "He’s a bad guy actually, he’s a martial arts expert. They say he’s an Olympic lifting champion, too, so he jumps very high, but he doesn’t have super powers so he’s a human being. Just very athletic."
The fight scenes were something completely new for St-Pierre as well. After doing his best to hit his opponents in the UFC as hard as he could, that definitely was not the objective while filming the Marvel Studios hit movie. Luckily, St-Pierre was a quick learner working alongside the stunt and fight coordination team with the film.
"It’s very different. When you fight in a real fight in mixed martial arts in the UFC, you don’t telegraph your punches, you do everything short but to not telegraph," St-Pierre said. "In front of the camera, you take a big swing and make everything big telegraph. So little things like this, they play with the camera angles, it makes it look good."
At the end of the red carpet affair before entering the theater to watch the film, St-Pierre stood and posed for a picture with the rest of the cast. It was a little surreal according to St-Pierre, but definitely something he’ll always remember.
"All of this is my first experience," St-Pierre said. "I’m a professional athlete so this is all very new to me. I had to work very hard to learn how to do it, but I had great help, I learned from the best, Chris Evans, all the stunt people they were very nice with me. I’m very happy to be a part of it."
St-Pierre’s red carpet interview begins at the 42-minute mark