When Charlize Theron talks, some of us listen.
Maybe she’s talking about “Atomic Blonde.” Maybe she’s talking about her new movie “Gringo,” in theaters today. Hell, maybe she’s talking about “The Cider House Rules.” Some of us don’t care what it is … we’re on board.
Earlier this week, Theron stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to talk about not only “Gringo,” but her opportunity to wave the ceremonial green flag at the Daytona 500.
It turned into her and Kimmel having a discussion about the toughness of NASCAR drivers compared to UFC fighters.
“I got to go to a drivers meeting right before the race,” Theron told Kimmel. “I’ve been to UFC fights, and boxing, and you just expect the fighters to stare each other off. I was not expecting it with racecar drivers. Oh my God. … You could spot them just kind of staring each other down.
“There was this really nice announcement made for Danica Patrick because it was her last NASCAR race. … I’m (waving at her) and trying to be all sweet. She totally saw me (and wouldn’t smile). It wasn’t me – I think she was keeping it (mean) for intimidation reasons for the other drivers. It was almost worst than the UFC.”
Theron was ringside for Conor McGregor’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, and she’s a regular at UFC events in Las Vegas, including UFC 209 at T-Mobile Arena a year ago. So she has some up-close experience with the MMA game.
Plus, the 42-year-old South Africa-born Oscar winner knows a thing or two about fighting, or at least movie fighting. She did many of her own stunts for the 2017 hit spy thriller “Atomic Blonde.” (Then again, she knows a few things about driving, too, from “The Fate of the Furious” and “The Italian Job.”
“(Drivers) have to work harder (at intimidation) because fighters get really close to each other – drivers are in cars,” Theron reasoned.
But Kimmel had no problem picking a side.
“No, they’re not working harder than the UFC guys,” the host responded. “The big difference is, no one is punching (NASCAR drivers) in the face. No one’s getting them in a stranglehold.”
(This is where we need to note that Kimmel is one of many celebrities who has an investment ownership stake in the UFC after the purchase by Endeavor, then called WME-IMG, in 2016.)
“I don’t know what’s worse: That, or getting in a car crash,” Theron said. “That’s not a good way to go.”
We’re pretty sure the direction most of you will go, but just for kicks, vote in our poll below and let us know who’s tougher: NASCAR drivers or UFC fighters.
And for even more kicks, since we just wrapped up Oscar season, let us know which Charlize Theron movie featured her at her most ass-kicking best. (And then remember: It’s OK to have fun sometimes. You don’t always have to be so serious about this MMA stuff. It’s just a sport.)
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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