“I didn’t [have scenes with Nolte], but I hung out with him the whole time. He actually changed my life,” Grillo said of Nolte. “Because Nick, up until then, I was like, ‘eh, acting, whatever, you learn your lines, you go do it’. And I’m like, whatever. I’m doing stupid shit. And he had this binder with— Nick is like the mad professor in real life. He’s got this giant binder with like papers and files and all kinds of shit moving around.
“I was like Nick, one day I just sat there and go, what are you [doing], what is in there? He said, that’s my character. So, over the course of like two or three months, we were there a long time in Pittsburgh, he kind of taught me how to break down a script the way he does it, and the way he broke down a character and he still does it.
“Dana White hates that movie, hates it,” actor Frank Grillo said on ‘Inside Of You with Michael Rosenbaum’. “Because he feels like it’s not a good representation of fighters.
Warrior wasn’t too big of a hit at the time in 2011, but over time it has sat well with MMA fans and movie critics alike, scoring a fresh 84% approval on Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 92% audience score. But, the UFC President wouldn’t share the same rating, according one of the cast.
“I was Joel Edgerton’s trainer, an unknown Joel Edgerton, an unknown Tom Hardy,” Grillo explained. “It’s a movie that caught a life well after [it was released in 2011]. They didn’t market it, hey didn’t know how to market it. It was Tom Hardy and Joel on a poster and said MMA. It looked like a fight poster. MMA wasn’t really mainstream right at that time.”