So, again, we have to ask the question – why Mike Tyson and the Mountian?!
Mike Tyson who is world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20-years-old, is famous for more than just his athletic prowess. His personal life, outspoken views, larger than life personality has cemented his legacy in pop culture (and that tattoo – I mean come on!).
The Mountain, otherwise known as Gregor Clegane the violent older brother of Sandor Clegane (whose face he burnt) from Game of Thrones is also known by his real name Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson The Icelandic strongman. He’s 6’9 and weighs between 180 -200 kg.
Other than being ridiculously strong, The Mountain is internet famous after his wedding to social media influencer wife Kelsy Henson who is 5’2.
Mike Tyson isn’t a complete stranger to the big screen though. An surprisingly this isn’t his first time acting in an Arabic film. His filmography includes The Hangover (part I and II), Ip Man 3, and the Algerian action film Gates of the Sun directed by Jean-Marc Minéo.
Allegedly, before Mike Tyson came on board, another 80s action hot shot, John Van Damn was supposed to be staring in the film.
It seems that the only reason these two would be featured in a contemporary Egyptian action film, is an attempt to give the film more of an edge for an Arab audience?
Think what you will about Mike Tyson, he is after all an international celebrity and that must raise the profile of an Arab film. Right?
Well, here are our thoughts.
Sensationalism around a film, whether it’s using a controversial personality such as Mike Tyson, someone connected to one of the most popular TV shows of all time, The Mountain, or a once banned and provocative singer and actress, Ruby, none of it really matters if the film is… crap.
That of course depends on your definition of crap.