Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is not known, nor did he receive his nickname, for being a stable individual. While he has surprised us in the past by making humble, straightforward admissions that have offered a different and perhaps more sympathetic look at the man behind the “Rampage” persona, they were surprises for a reason; most fans are used to Jackson playing a role, one that lends itself to fits of unpredictability oftentimes bordering on volatility. How much of that is Jackson’s actual personality shining through is debatable (quite a bit, it seems) but for someone so comfortable with playing a part, Jackson’s recent experiences filming The A-Team remake have him denouncing acting altogether.
“Acting is kind of gay,” Jackson recently told the Los Angeles Times. “It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass motherf***er!
“Vancouver strikes me as a San Francisco-kind of place,” he continued. “And I don’t want motherf***ers getting ideas about me. I feel in my heart I’m the toughest motherf***er on the planet. And I don’t want nothing changing my train of thought. If you don’t believe that when we step inside the Octagon, it shows.”
Jackson, who backed out of a long-hyped fight with rival Rashad Evans at UFC 107 in order to portray his childhood hero, B.A. Baracus, in The A-Team reboot apparently did not always have the positive on-set experience he was hoping for.
“Here, there’s a thing called ‘pecking order,’ ” Jackson said. “I’m not used to that. People can be really inconsiderate of people’s feelings. I wasted three weekends in a row waiting in my trailer when they didn’t use me at all. To be honest, my experience in this movie industry hasn’t always been good.
“If you know one thing about me, I say time is the most valuable thing in this universe. I hate wasting time. And these motherf***ers wasted a lot of my…time!”
Despite his obvious qualms with the movie-making process, “Rampage” says that his experience was not all bad. However, that does not mean that he is without regret.
“Overall, I was glad I experienced the stuff. But sometimes I have mixed feelings. Sometimes I think, ‘Damn, I should have taken that fight,'” he said.