If it takes three examples to launch a proper trend, then we’re now on the verge of almost middle-aged men taking up fighting with little to no combat experience beyond the physical nature of their entertainment careers and then documenting their journey to their first professional fight becoming A Thing.
First there was Evolution of Punk, the documentary series that follows former pro wrestler CM Punk, now 37, through the final stages of his training for his long-promised (and long-hyped, anticipated, and derided) mixed martial arts debut at UFC 203. Now actor, DJ, and possibly the dreamiest man alive, Idris Elba, is getting in on the action with Idris Elba: Fighter.
“This is no act. There is no script. This fight is real as are the potential repercussions,” a press release for the show stated.
The three-part hour long infotainment series, which was announced last week, is produced by Discovery Networks International and will follow the 43-year-old star of The Wire and the future camp classic Obsessed as he trains for—and ultimately participates in—his first ever sanctioned kickboxing fight. (Side note: for purists worried about the terminology here, most of the press—and an earlier statement released by the actor—is referring to this as a professional fight, but Elba preferred to call it semi-professional in a recent chat about fitness with PEOPLE.)
“During training, Elba discovers what it really takes to be a professional fighter and will push himself to the limit to overcome pain and fear, master specialized techniques and skills, and ensure both his body and mind are fit,” Nancy Tartaglione writes of the premise for Deadline. “He will receive mentoring from former world champions, trainers and coaches, and travel the world to incorporate unorthodox training methods and regimens to increase his chances for the main event.”
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