It’s been 26 years since Patrick Swayze won the adoration of millions of movie fans by ripping a dude’s throat straight out of his neck. And now UFC superstar Ronda Rousey will take a crack at the role that made Swayze an immortal badass in an upcoming remake of the absurdly violent Road House.
Road House is, of course, the movie where Swayze plays a rockstar bouncer hired to bring order to a night club so rowdy that you’re as likely to step in blood as in beer, where the band plays behind chicken wire to protect them from thrown bottles, where the clientele is so rough Sam Elliott is the guy who needs backup. It’s also the hyper-macho movie where the villain actually utters the line, “I used to f— guys like you in prison!” Weird.
According to Variety, Rousey immediately warmed to the idea of the remake and officially accepted the part after receiving the blessing of Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi.
For Rousey to step into such a role seems pretty awesome. She’s an amazing fighter who seems fully capable of pulling off an action-oriented gender flip on a movie like Road House. The only real question is whether her acting is any good. So far her movie work has involved so few lines her acting didn’t really matter (Expendables), required her to play herself (Entourage), or given us reason to believe she can’t act (Furious 7). Hopefully she’ll step up to the plate for Road House. If not, we predict a straight-to-on-demand release.
Ronda Rousey Set to Star in a 'Road House' Remake