The former two-division UFC champion who retired from the sport following a KO loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 is no newbie to the world of cinema.
Randy “The Natural” Couture’s celluloid debut was as a fighter in the 2003 flick Cradle 2 the Grave featuring martial artist Jet Li and rapper DMX.
He also starred in features such as Red Belt, Big Stan and The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior—the latter two sadly went direct to DVD (maybe due to Couture’s atrocious acting).
His biggest claim to fame, however, has to be the ensemble action thriller The Expendables which was written and directed by he of the Rocky fame—Sylvester Stallone.
The cast included Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, “Stone Cold,” Jason Statham and Stallone himself, whilst Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger made cameo appearances.
As for Couture, well he played the part of demolitions expert Toll Road.
The Nogueira brothers, Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogério also got in on the act as bodyguards to evil dictator General Garza.
“Captain America” also co-starred alongside Bruce Willis, Ryan Phillippe Ryan and 50 Cent in the heist Setup, another straight to DVD film.
As Couture is officially in retirement, the acting world is his oyster and he already has several films in post-production and production—Geezers (comedy), Hijacked and Expendables 2 where he reprises his role as Toll Road.
That said, with a documentary in post-production titled Once I was Champion, it’s safe to say that The Natural is going to be a busy man in 2012.
Randy Couture’s Filmography