Nick and Nate Diaz are ubiquitous amongst MMA fans. With Nick Diaz being such a mega star and perhaps done with his fighting career, the elder Diaz brother is set to appear in the upcoming “Darkness of Man” movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
According to Matt Staudt, Diaz’ manager, the filming wrapped earlier this month and Nick Diaz was a natural on screen.
“Nick also has a badass fight scene in the film. When it got to rehearsing the fight he took over and of course had better ideas than the film’s stunt coordinator which is what ended up being filmed and looked awesome. And as mentioned earlier you even get treated to a super short but awesome cameo from yours truly.”
Darkness of Man, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Nick Diaz
The announcement comes out of left field for most fight fans. But Diaz, who helped with some of his choreography as mentioned above, could be a natural fit on screen for someone like Jean-Claude Van Damme, a Hollywood icon.
Darkness of Man is a “neo-noir” film according to the filmmakers and will star Van Damme and Nick Diaz alongside Eric Roberts, Shannen Doherty, and is written and directed by James Cullen Bressack. His credits include Murder, Anyone? and Frost.
Russell Hatch (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme), an Interpol operative who takes on the role of father figure to Jayden, the son of an informant killed in a routine raid gone wrong. Years later, Hatch finds himself protecting Jayden and his grandfather from a group of merciless gangs in an all-out turf war, stopping at nothing to protect Jayden and fight anyone getting in his way.
The film itself sounds interesting and this could be one of the ways Nick Diaz transfers from fighting to a post fight career. Movies have been an avenue for fighters like Gina Carano and Cowboy Cerrone to get our of fighting altogether.