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Hardest part about acting for Edson Barboza? Having to play the bad guy in ‘Born a Champion’

As one of the nicest guys on the UFC roster, Edson Barboza admits he had a hard time playing the bad guy in his latest assignment.

In a departure from his day job, Barboza played MMA fighter Marco Blaine in the movie “Born a Champion,” which also features Renzo Gracie, UFC welterweight Mickey Gall and star actor Dennis Quaid.

Having never hit the big screen before, Barboza was initially a bit hesitant but, after his manager Alex Davis convinced him, he gladly took the role. But it turns out acting wasn’t necessarily the most difficult part for Barboza – it was having to play a bad guy that ends Mickey Kelley’s (Sean Patrick Flanery) career.

“Very, very hard,” Barboza told MMA Junkie. “I think that’s the hardest part of the movie for me because I have to talk (expletive) with the guy a little bit. But one thing that helped me a lot, the guys said, ‘you need to understand, that’s not Edson Barboza. That’s Marco Blaine. That’s not you, bro.’ I understood that, and I said ‘OK, you’re right. That’s not Edson Barboza, it’s Marco Blaine,’ and everything went well when I changed this.”

Will we see Barboza act again? Surely his flashy kicks and flamboyant fighting style can land him another movie role and Barboza definitely seems open to it.

“Why not? You never know,” Barboza said. “I really enjoyed it. Like I said, I had a really good time there, and why not? If people call me to do it again, why not? I’m a fighter, and I’m always ready. Maybe right now I’m a movie star, I’m always ready if somebody calls me (laughs).”

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