Sunday 19 May, 2019

Winston Duke to star as MMA icon Kimbo Slice in 'Backyard Legend'

Winston Duke is a busy man. 

The Tobagonian actor is set to star as MMA legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in the upcoming film Backyard Legend, according to Deadline. 

The biopic is centred around Bahamian-born Kevin Ferguson--who went by the stage name Kimbo Slice-- who rose from homelessness to mixed martial arts fame after his brutal backyard fights gained a large following on YouTube. He died suddenly in 2016 from heart failure and a liver mass at just 42.

Kimbo Slice insisted on fighting in the months leading to his death in spite of having high blood pressure. He went on to win a three-round heavyweight match against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris at Bellator 149.  He was scheduled to fight James Thompson in the main event Bellator 158 despite his family’s mixed emotions. They knew his health was ailing given his lack of energy in the Dada 5000 fight.

Duke will also serve as executive producer on the film along with Michael Imber, Kimbo’s longtime friend, manager, and employer. 

Steve Lee Jones, whose company Bee Holder Productions will produce the film, said, “It’s a rich and layered tale about this man’s incredible journey from a poor neighborhood in Miami to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. We are ecstatic that Winston has decided to take on this both physically and emotionally challenging role. We simply could not find a better Kimbo!”

Duke, who is also set to star in Jordan Peele's upcoming movie, Us, added, “I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero.”



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