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Conor McGregor's Unusual Motivation To Join Road House Makes His Performance Even Better

Summary

  • McGregor’s motivation to join Road House was fueled by Meryl Streep’s negative MMA comments, driving him to prove her wrong.
  • McGregor’s MMA expertise blended well into his villainous role in Road House, showcasing his potential as an action star.
  • McGregor’s performance in Road House as a psychopathic villain received high praise, proving skeptics wrong about his acting abilities.



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Prime Video’s Road House marked the acting debut of mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, and he had an unusual motivation that led him to take the role of Knox. Joining the ongoing trend of remakes and reboots is Road House, the 1989 action film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze as legendary (but deadly) bouncer James Dalton. The remake, directed by Doug Liman, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Elwood Dalton and broke a couple of records, becoming Prime Video’s biggest release to date.


Road House introduced viewers to Elwood Dalton, a former UFC middleweight fighter who makes a living scamming fighters in the underground circuit. Dalton takes a job as a bouncer at the Road House in the Florida Keys community of Glass Key, but the job turns out to be a lot more dangerous than it seemed. Dalton soon comes across local crime boss Ben Brandt (Billy Magnussen) and his henchmen, most notably psychotic enforcer Knox. Gyllenhaal and McGregor starred in Road House‘s best fight scenes, showing McGregor’s potential as an action star, and this role had an unusual but powerful motivation.

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A custom image of Conor McGregor as Knox from Road House.
Custom image by Yeider Chacon.


Meryl Streep said Hollywood was “
crawling with outsiders and foreigners
”, and if they were kicked out, all that would be left to watch would be “
football and mixed martial arts”,
which she called “
not the arts
”.

Speaking to THR at the New York City premiere of Road House in March 2024, Conor McGregor revealed the unusual motivation to take the role of Knox, and it’s all about Meryl Streep. Back in 2017, while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Meryl Streep said Hollywood was “crawling with outsiders and foreigners”, and if they were kicked out, all that would be left to watch would be “football and mixed martial arts”, which she called “not the arts”. While her speech was well-received by attendees, UFC athletes didn’t take them lightly, among them Conor McGregor.

McGregor was able to bring his MMA expertise to
Road House
and blend it with an over-the-top, terrifying character like Knox.


McGregor defended MMA explaining it’s “the most beautiful form of art” and it’s one where you can’t make a mistake, so it’s “real artistry” for those in it. Streep’s comments pushed McGregor to prove her and those who share those comments wrong and joined Road House, explaining he had “maybe a little chip on my shoulder” and wanted to represent his sport and art in this different “arena”.

McGregor was able to bring his MMA expertise to Road House and blend it with an over-the-top, terrifying character like Knox, who knew no limits and was a worthy opponent to Gyllenhaal’s Dalton, and one that came close to getting rid of him. Meryl Streep’s comments most likely weren’t meant to diminish athletes and their hard work, though she failed to recognize that there are different types of art (and art, in the end, is subjective), but McGregor was able to take those comments and turn them into fuel for what’s now an unforgettable acting debut.


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Road House 2024 Knox next to Dalton fighting Knox
Custom image by Simone Ashmoore.

McGregor’s motivation and fire to prove skeptics wrong translated into an unforgettable performance as a psychopathic villain who had no limits and showed absolutely no fear or hesitation.

Road House has gotten mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising its action scenes and how it updated a cult classic for new generations. However, most praise from both critics and general audiences went to Gyllenhaal and McGregor’s performance. The latter is, undeniably, Road House’s breakout star, who some critics consider outshone Gyllenhaal. McGregor’s motivation and fire to prove skeptics wrong translated into an unforgettable performance as a psychopathic villain who had no limits and showed absolutely no fear or hesitation.


McGregor knew the type of energy required for the character and consistently channeled it throughout Road House, with Liman and company seizing his personality, reputation, and expertise as an athlete. It’s to be seen what’s next for Conor McGregor as an action star, but it’s fair to say he definitely proved skeptics wrong with his performance in Road House.

Source: THR.

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Road House (2024)

Road House is a remake of the original 1989 film, which followed protagonist Dalton, a Ph.D. educated bouncer at the roughest bar in the south known as the Double Deuce. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Dalton, with two major changes including Dalton being a retired UFC fighter and the bar locale being in the Florida Keys.

Director
Doug Liman

Release Date
March 21, 2024

Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal , Daniela Melchior , Billy Magnussen , Jessica Williams , Joaquim De Almeida , Conor McGregor , Lukas Gage , Arturo Castro , B.K. Cannon , Beau Knapp , Darren Barnet , Dominique Columbus , Bob Menery

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