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Rousey gets role in ‘The Expendibles 3’

Rhonda Rousey, 27, her mother, AnnMarie, father, Ron, and older sisters, Maria and Jennifer, lived in Jamestown during the early 1990s. Her mother taught in the psychology department at then Jamestown College and taught judo in the evenings in the downtown area. Rhonda was a self-proclaimed “tomboy” all her life and took up her mom’s pastime as she grew older, adding even more dangerous martial arts to her repertoire. She has been participating in women’s mixed martial arts for a decade, was in the summer Olympics and most recently won a key role in “The Expendables 3,” which opened Aug. 15 nationwide.

Better known when she was a kid by her nickname, “Rowdy” Rhonda has been working her way onto the big screen for quite some time. She started in judo with her mom while she was still a youngster, winning a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She became the first American to take an Olympic medal in women’s judo since it became a sport in 1992.

She conquered MMA after she started competing in 2010 with a number of major wins in the U.S. and around the world. Her photogenic good looks and camera persona made her a perfect candidate for Hollywood’s female martial arts roles. It was a natural transition for the 5 foot 8 inch vivacious athlete.

In addition to playing Luna in “The Expendables 3,” Rousey has roles in three other films for 2015: “Fast & Furious 7,” “The Athena Projects,” and “Entourage.”

The cast of “The Expendables 3” starts with its story and screen writer, Sylvester Stallone. He also stars as Barney Ross.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Trench, Harrison Ford plays Drummer, and Mel Gibson is Stonebanks.

The cast of famous names continues with Wesley Snipes as Doc, Jet Li as Yin Yang, Antonio Banderas as Galgo and Kelsey Grammer as Boneparte.

Kellen Lutz plays Smitee, Dolph Lundgren plays Gunnar Jensen, Randy Couture as Toll Road, Terry Crews as Caesar, Victor Ortiz plays Mars and Glen Powell is Thorn. Patrick Hughes directed the movie.

Rousey’s part as “Luna” is one of the few female parts of the movie. But she doesn’t consider that unusual for her. She likes things to be a little tough.

“People just live such pampered and soft lives now,” she said “ … sometimes we need to get a ‘little bit hurt’ … and get a ‘little bit in a fight’ … to be reminded that we’re still humans … that we’re not living in bubble wrap.”

It’s unlikely she’ll be protected in any way with the male cast in “The Expendables 3.” It will be right up her alley — a dark and scary one.

Remembering Rousey’s mom, her late father and sisters, we look back in time to little Rhonda tumbling on Allen Field with her mother’s judo students during JC’s homecoming. She has taken steps beyond Jamestown, and we remember her with fondness as she was then, and wish her well now in this new endeavor.

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