Stephen Dorff was looking for a challenge, both professionally and physically, when he got the script for Embattled. The mixed martial arts drama would require the veteran actor to get into the best shape of his life to portray a flashy Octagon champion the likes of UFC stars Conor McGregor and Cowboy Cerrone.
To accomplish the physique of a professional fighter, Dorff called upon Josh Perzow, whom he met while preparing for Immortals. The Montreal-based trainer has had extensive experience helping athletes—from boxers to NHL players—get into shape for competition.
“The shirt was going to be off for most of the movie, since he’s brawling or training in a lot of scenes,” Perzow says. “So we wanted him to have that really dialed in—[give him that] shredded figure during the fight sequences.”
Four weeks before filming, Perzow…