Believe it or not, I'm always down for a good boxing flick ... even though I find the sport itself to be quite boring. There, I said it! (Personally, I prefer one of them no-holds-barred kickboxing matches -- I don't know what it is, but I find them hypnotic.) In order to hold my attention, a boxing film has to have a solid story built around unique and troubled characters. Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, Robert DeNiro as Jake La Motta or Russell Crowe as Jim Braddock -- all of them, great characters.
The most recent actor to enter the boxing ring is Michael Madsen, who will take on the character of Sean Kelleher in the contemporary boxing flick, Strength and Honor. Pic, which marks the directorial debut of Mark Mahon, will be set in the Irish county of Cork and focus on a boxer who must return to the sport, after promising his dying wife he would retire, so that he can help raise money to save his young son from the disease that claimed the life of his wife.
Starring alongside Madsen will be Vinnie Jones and Richard Chamberlain. Jones will take on the role of Madsen's arch-nemesis, Smasher O'Driscoll, while Chamblerlain will play Madsen's old school boxing coach. Filming begins in Cork next month.