In this segment entitled “MMA Hollywood” we will take a look from time-to-time at MMA fighters who have made the crossover into acting and we will review and rate their movies. Sound fun? Then check it out.
For this, our premiere edition of MMA Hollywood, we will take a look at “Public Enemies,” an old-school gangster flick released in July of this year starring MMA and UFC veteran “The Predator” himself Mr. Don Frye.
Some of Hollywood’s finest actors are in the movie including Johnny Depp as John Dillenger, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, Stephen Dorff, and many more. Public Enemies was directed by Michael Mann, the same guy who directed Heat, Ali, and some of the Hollywood’s biggest films.
IMDB.com describes the plot for Public Enemies as: “The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.” It also shows the birth of the F.B.I.
Don Frye plays a character named Clarence Hurt. He along with a couple of other guys were brought in as some veteran bounty hunter types from Texas to go after Dillenger when the younger less experienced law enforcement agents could not get the job done.
Frye does not have many lines. In fact, I only remember one line. However, we do get to see his face in a few scenes and he is the one of the guys who kills Dillenger in the end. There was not much to go on as far as rating Frye’s acting ability, but what he did do, he did well.
If you like gangsters, guns, bank-robberies, women, man hunts,shoot-outs, and crime dramas this should be right up your alley. My only complaint about the movie is the story is a bit hard to follow at times – but then again I could just be slow. An expected release date for the DVD is in December.
Here is our official ratings for Don Frye in Public Enemies (2009):
Star-Power – 5
Role Significance – 2
Entertainment – 4
Acting Ability – 5
Overall Score – 4 out of 5
Frye has been in a number of movies and currently has two more in the works. A movie entitled “13” and another one called “Apparitions: The Darkness” are both in post-production. So stay tuned for more of the original American Bad Ass – Don “The Predator” Frye.
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