“As far as Rampage is concerned, I like his style, his toughness. He’ll bring his own unique personality to that role”.
These were just a few of the many encouraging words Mr. T had for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson when sitting down for a recent interview with Fanhouse.com to discuss Rampage’s upcoming portrayal of “B.A. Baracus” in the upcoming A-Team movie.
This coming after rumors had surfaced that the 57-year-old Mr. T was upset about not being chosen to star in the big screen remake of the hit TV show. But the ‘80s icon insists that these rumors are untrue, and that he wishes only the best for the former UFC light heavyweight champion.
“I’m not mad at anybody,” he admits. “Like I told a guy in New York in an interview, When the movie comes out, I’m going to go see it, and I’m going to enjoy it. I’m not one of those who would say, ‘Hey, it should have been me.’ No, I’m too blessed to be stressed.”
When learning of Rampage’s sudden departure from the UFC following his fall-out with UFC President Dana White over cancellation of the UFC 107 bout against Rashad Evans, Mr. T imparted the following advice based on his own personal experience:
“Quinton, you hear me, brother: just keep prayerful,” he advised. “When you are praying to God, you won’t go wrong. Ask God to give you strength and to guide you. People are going to try to say things to purposefully get you off track. You see, that is what they do: they love to build you and then cut you down.”
The two superstars have never actually met in person, but they have expressed a mutual respect for one another, and Mr. T looks forward to finally meeting Rampage once filming of the movie concludes.
“Someday we will get together. I won’t bother him while he’s filming. I’ll let him get his filming done, and then I’ll see him afterwards. That’s when the pressure is going to come on. People are going to try to get some stuff on him. The fact that I am older than him, I can impart some things on him.”
The A-Team is slated to open in theaters on June 11, 2010.