Kevin Connolly aims to produce and direct a movie based on the life of Kimbo Slice after the final season of Entourage ends this year. Slice is a current mixed martial arts fighter in the UFC and former YouTube sensation for his backyard brawls. Apparently Connolly had a screenwriter sit down with Slice to develop the story based around his extraordinary rise to fame. The script is currently being shopped around with the intention of Connolly stepping behind the camera for the second time and Slice portraying himself. For more on the project, including what Connolly had to say and who Kimbo Slice is, hit the jump.
According to Connolly, Slice was one of the first YouTube sensations and I wouldn’t argue that point. Speaking with The Wrap, Connolly talked about Slice’s YouTube star status:
“Kimbo Slice is known as one of the first YouTube celebrities. He was the first person I ever sat in front of a computer and typed somebody’s name into YouTube. His fights ended up on the internet, his backyard fights, and he all of the sudden… became this celebrity.”
Slice, born Kevin Ferguson, at one point lived out of his Pathfinder before becoming a bodyguard for a porn company based in Miami. He hit it big when he started posting his street fights on YouTube that showed Slice could give as much as he could take. Even the last part of his nickname, “Slice,” was born from a fight on YouTube in which he opened up a gash above an opponent’s eye. Ferguson is noted for having a massive beard and an intimidating stature, standing 6’2” and weighing 238 pounds.
Yet he never truly blossomed as the fighter many hoped in the ultra-competitive world of MMA. His current record stands at 4-2 professionally, and is still considered a project by many. Despite the bumps in the road and his menacing look, Ferguson remains a much talked about personality both mentally and physically.
Connolly, who had his first film, Gardener of Eden, premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007, is itching to get the ball rolling:
“It’s so personal to sit with a writer who you don’t know and tell them your deepest, darkest secrets and your life story, so I think it took him a second to get used to. But him and the writer really hit it off, and I couldn’t be happier with the script. I’m ready to go.”
Entourage will return to HBO for its final eight episodes on July 24. For more on Slice’s story, check out Dan Le Batard’s profile of him in 2008 for ESPN The Magazine.