Kevin James Goes 'Boom'


Kevin James unleashes his inner ultimate fighter in the new comedy Here Comes the Boom, in theaters Friday, and he tells ET about his "brutal" training and diet and adrenaline-fueled fight scenes.

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"Me getting into that octagon against a real UFC fighter … once we start [cameras] rolling and going at it, and adrenaline is involved, it's a rush that's I've never experienced in my life," explains Kevin.

In Here Comes the Boom, Kevin plays a devoted high school biology teacher and former wrestler who steps into the mixed-martial-arts ring in order to raise enough cash to rescue his school's music program.

Kevin co-wrote and produced the action-comedy, which also stars Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler, and he says getting into fighting shape for the picture was brutal mainly because of his restrictive diet – and lack of pizza for the self-proclaimed "pizza freak."

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He jokes: "The diet was tough and I thought, 'Man, this diet is the worst thing ever. This is the hardest part about doing this movie.' Then I got punched in the face. Then I go, 'No, this is the hardest part. I don't like this anymore.'"