Trailer: Hamill looks like Rudy-meets-The Miracle Worker
The trailer for Hamill, the movie about deaf UFC fighter Matt Hamill, who faces Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130, raises all kinds of red flags. It’s produced by Tapout, which makes shiny commercials for ugly T-shirts, and directed by Oren Kaplan, who previously worked on TV series I <3 Vampires and Electric Spoofaloo. At least the actor playing Hamill, Russell Harvard, is actually deaf, although I’ve no idea if he can actually wrestle.
There’s also no sign of any MMA in the trailer (beyond the Rich Franklin cameo as a wrestling coach), indicating that either the story remains in Hallmark Hall of Fame territory with its Rudy-meets-The Miracle Worker underdog-overcoming-adversity story or they’re hiding the fighting from the family folks they perceive as the film’s audience while ignoring any chance of catching on with MMA fans who might actually care about this movie.