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An Interview with Shannon Ritch, Actor, Fighter

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2022

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First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us who don't already know you?

 

Hello my name is Shannon Ritch aka ďThe Cannon".

 

Do talk about some of your current movie projects for a bit!

 

Currently Iím working on a feature called MR9 with Micheal Jai White and Frank Grillo to name a few top actors, this is a 007-type action film. Just finished a Netflix film called Absolute Dominion, it is a futuristic MMA-type film like Mortal Combat. A lot of action in this one. Iím scheduled to work on a feature called Wrath, co-starring with some top actors - canít wait to be able to talk about this one.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I have several in the works, but as you know in the acting world there is a lot of talk until there is a contract. Itís all talk at this point.

 

Before you went into acting, your main claim to fame was as a mixed martial artist and professional wrestler - so why don't you talk about that aspect of your career?

 

I was a MMA fighter for over 30 years starting in 1991 pre-UFC, no rules no rounds no weight classes bare knuckle fighting all over the world. I have made a great career fighting, seeing the world and making friends all over. Russia, Japan, China, great places I had only read about in books. I ended my MMA career after 30 years as an 8x MMA world champion. Also holding the record for more MMA fights than any living fighter. I have 8 world titles and also I am 26-3-0 in bare knuckle boxing - also holding a world title in that sport as well.

 

What made you go into acting eventually, and did you receive any formal training on the subject? And to what extent has your fighting career informed your acting?

 

I started doing small parts on TV shows Walker Texas Ranger, iCarly, Numbers, CSI Las Vegas etc. After a lot of hard work I finally got my SAG card and now I am part of the union. Hard work pays off. Being a MMA fighter and professional wrestler, it was an easy transition into films - it prepared me better than if I were to have taken acting classes - directors tell me I am a natural. I owe all of that to being in front of the cameras and being on the mic for so many years.

 

What were some of your past highlights of your acting career?

 

Some of the best highlights of course are working with amazing actors like Mickey Rourke, Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis, Cuba Gooding jr, Kevin Dillion, Micheal Jai White, Vernon Davis, Sean Patrick Flannery - to name a few actors Iíve had the pleasure to work with.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I would have to say Iím more of the action star type, I love action fight scenes, if I could work my way up to be like a Jason Statham-type I'd love that.

 

Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

Actually I love the Rock, I think is fantastic actor, and the guy has something special that makes you wanna watch his films., I also love Denzel Washington, from action to drama the guy is amazing.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

My all time favorite is The Ten Commandments, that was one of the BEST films of all time, of course I love classics, but Shawshank Redemption, Rocky, Roadhouse, Deadpool - if they are on I will always watch them.

 

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... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Foreign films, Iím just not into them.

 

Your website, social media, whatever else?

 

You can reach me on Instagram @shannonritchmma

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I do a lot of talking at schools and in front of young people, and I love to say ďitís nice to be important but most of all itís important to be nice!ď Just feel like you should treat people the way you would want to be treated, and if we all lived by that we may have a better world.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you!

 

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