On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Gavin O'Connor, the director and screenwriter of the new, ground-breaking, mixed martial arts-themed dramatic film, "Warrior"
Gavin O'Connor also was the producer of the celebrated documentary "The Smashing Machine" about MMA fighter and wrestler Mark Kerr.
"Warrior", which will be released on September 9, is a riveting drama focusing on the quest of two estranged brothers to win a Grand Prix MMA tournament. It stars Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte. In its previews, it has deservedly received enthusiastic praise, both from general movie observers and those in the MMA community alike. Many are already predicting that the film and those involved with it will receive numerous awards.
We spoke with Gavin O'Connor on Wednesday by phone about the background to this film. "I really wanted this to be a love letter to the sport because I love the sport," he said. The verdict seems to be that he has succeeded in doing precisely that.
As we said when we saw a preview of the film in April, whether you are a fan of MMA or not, "Warrior" is a must-see film.
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