If you are fight fan, chances are you might have heard about Lenny Mclean a.k.a. The Guv’nor. Even though it’s been almost two decades since McLean died, his name still has a prominent place in the infamous, underground boxing world. A new biopic on McLean is all set for release this year with the reigning UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping starring as McLean’s arch rival Roy Shaw.
Bisping has been criticized for his reluctance in defending his title against relevant middleweight contenders. However, he sure as hell keeps himself busy with movie commitments. This is his second movie role this year in addition to his minor role in Vin Diesel’s XXX sequel.
The movie titled “My name is Lenny” is said to portray the real-life events of McLean who was once touted to be the hardest man in Britain. A documentary film titled “The Guv’nor” was released last year. The film was narrated by his son Jaime, and it mainly focused on the relatively softer side of Lenny Mclean involving his family.
From the looks of the trailer, this biopic is going to focus on the violent side of the Guv’nor. It may not be a realistic take, but it is likely to satisfy the expectations of fight fans across the world. Josh Helman, who played the role of “Slit” in Mad Max: Fury Road, has taken up the role of Lenny McLean in this biopic.
Born into a working class family, Lenny McLean had a rough childhood growing up. He was regularly beaten up by his stepfather and sustained multiple fractures before he was even 12 years old. This could be one of the reasons behind his natural aggression.
His aggression was at best display when he defeated Brian ‘Mad Gypsy’ Bradshaw in an unlicensed boxing match. When touching gloves, Bradshaw headbutted McLean and this made him boil with anger. McLean knocked down Bradshaw in the first punch. This was followed by a flurry of stompings and punches to the head. It took a lot of men to restrain and calm him down. Till date, this is one of the most violent display of aggression in an unlicensed boxing match captured on video.
McLean’s epic trilogy with “Pretty Boy” Roy Shaw is remembered even till date. After his defeat to Shaw in their first encounter, McLean went on avenge his loss twice in a massive display of knockout power.
During his lifetime, McLean took on many roles to support his living. Apart from being a boxer, Lenny McLean was also a bouncer who managed security in many London pubs. In his autobiography, McLean has also written about his associations with the criminal underworld.
McLean also had a short stint as an actor in the later part of his life. His most memorable movie role till date is Barry “The Baptist” in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster movie Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Considering Guy Ritchie’s personal interest in the unlicensed boxing world, his casting as an enforcer is not very surprising. This biopic on McLean may not cover every aspect of his life. However, let’s hope it does justice to his fame as the hardest man in Britain.
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