- Conor McGregor starred in Roadhouse reboot with Jake Gyllenhaal
- He revealed that he was offered many film projects before, only to turn them down.
- McGregor says he thinks he has a lot of enemies in Hollywood for saying ‘no’
Conor McGregor believes he “has some enemies” in Hollywood, having turned down several film proposals in the past.
The UFC superstar will make his big screen debut on March 21, when his remake of Road House with Jake Gyllenhaal comes out.
Breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier gave him recovery time to film and the Irishman, who is still waiting for a date for his return to the UFC, threw himself into the role.
In 2016, it was announced that he would participate in xXx: The Return of Zander Cage, but later dropped out after losing to Nate Diaz.
DJ Caruso was the director and said he was “really pissed” at the time. And McGregor alluded that Caruso wouldn’t be the only person in Hollywood angry with him.
Conor McGregor is about to make his big screen debut alongside Jake Gyllenhaal
He told Total Film: ‘I had turned down a few roles during my time in climbing.
“I’ve had directors come into the wrestling arena, really beautiful directors who made really top-notch movies… and time and time again, they would come to see me and I would always turn them down.
‘It would leave people a little high and dry. I probably have some haters out there that I don’t really know because I was like, “Maybe I will.”
In the end, Michael Bisping ended up taking his place in xXx and a lot of fascination surrounds the Road House remake.
McGregor relished the opportunity to experience new mastery, saying: “I was amazed by everything, to be honest with you, by the whole process.”
“I didn’t know how I was going to deal with it. I didn’t know if I was going to like it, to be honest. I am a fighting man. That’s my daily bread. It’s where I come from.
‘I’m not an actor, but I’m in show business. That was my vibe. I felt that. I enjoyed every second.’
This summer will mark three years since McGregor last competed in the UFC, his ‘bread and butter’, as he puts it.
Gyllenhaal filmed part of the film in front of a live UFC audience at a press conference.
McGregor says he will have angered some Hollywood directors who loved him
His return has been repeatedly delayed, apparently by his payers, and the former two-weight champion is now expected to return in the fall, according to Dana White.
The UFC will hold a first event at The Las Vegas Sphere in September, which could coincide nicely with those plans.
He’s still expected to face Michael Chandler when he returns, although Nate Diaz stepped into the ring this week, saying he wants to fight at the flashy new venue.