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Rousey is ‘grateful to have opportunity’ to pay tribute to Swayze in Road House remake

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“Pain Don’t Hurt.” – James Dalton

It was announced earlier today in an exclusive piece on Variety.com that UFC sensation Ronda Rousey will star in a retelling of the 1989 Patrick Swayze classic Road House. The project is slated to begin filming sometime in early 2016.

After Dirty Dancing and before Ghost, the late great Patrick Swayze starred in a little filmed called Road House, one of the most awfulsome films of all-time. Swayze played a character named James Dalton, a “cooler” who was called upon to clean up a bar in the small town of Jasper, Missouri named The Double Deuce. Here’s a snippet from our good friend Dwayne Wolff‘s Sunday Swayze Awards that explains the Dalton character a little better:

Dalton is the ultimate “cooler” in Roadhouse and his goal is to just get you out of the bar in the easiest and least violent way. This mentality is balanced by his lethal fighting ability. He has the skills to end you, but does not like using them. He is the philosopher fighter, who always finds a way to win

Rousey has also signed on to star in a number of other projects including Peter Berg’s Mile 22 and a film adaptation of her recent New York Times bestselling autobiography. That said, she’s taking the opportunity to reprise one of the greatest Swayze roles in history very seriously.

It is a great honor to play a part in celebrating the life of a man that inspired so many. I couldn’t be more grateful to have this opportunity to pay respect to the beloved Patrick Swayze… I promise to work incessantly to make sure this project is a tribute his family and fans can be proud of. 

Rousey’s next title defense takes place on November 13th in Melbourne, Australia where she’ll meet undefeated 18-time pro boxing champion Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193.

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