First UK Trailer for 'My Name Is Lenny' About a Bare-Knuckle Fighter

April 28, 2017
Source: YouTube

My Name Is Lenny Trailer

"I know what I'm gunna do then: I'm gunna knock him spark out, and be back in here for lunch." Lionsgate UK has released an official trailer for My Name Is Lenny, telling the life story of famous bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean, who was the first to earn the iconic nickname "the Guv'nor". Josh Helman (seen in X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jack Reacher) plays McLean, and the cast includes Chanel Cresswell, Nick Moran, John Hurt, Michael Bisping, Charley Palmer Rothwell, George Russo, and Rita Tushingham. This looks like an entertaining "sports" movie, following in the footsteps of films like Bronson and Snatch. It might also play well as a double feature with Chuck. This trailer is worth a look.

Here's the official UK trailer (+ poster) for Ron Scalpello's My Name Is Lenny, direct from YouTube:

My Name Is Lenny Poster

Explosive & brutal, My Name Is Lenny is based on the true story of Britain's most notorious bare-knuckle fighter: Lenny McLean (Josh Helman). A known associate of The Krays, Charles Bronson and Ronnie Biggs, Lenny was an East End icon, bouncer and enforcer at the center of the unlicensed boxing world. Welcome to the no-holds-barred epic portrayal of his life, from a troubled and violent childhood to his early fighting years, exploring his loving but volatile relationships and bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw all culminating in his championship win to become "the Guv'nor". My Name Is Lenny is directed by filmmaker Ron Scalpello, of the films Bobby, Pressure, and Offender previously. The screenplay is written by Paul Van Carter and Martin Askew. Lionsgate releases in UK theaters on June 9th. No US date has been set yet.

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Those boxing films. They come in all possible wrong versions ...

shiboleth on Apr 28, 2017


Looks brutal. In a good way. Haven't really heard/thought of Josh Helman, but this looks like a solid performance.

THE_RAW_ on Apr 28, 2017


@disqus_yyq0lnHEEt:disqus you're across the pond right? Do you have previous knowledge of this character Lenny? I'm assuming you do, and maybe that's why this performance seems over the top. I have no previous knowledge so perhaps I'm a bit oblivious to the Hollywood sensationalism regarding the character? I'm a big fan of movies about characters rising from the digs, and being a bit eccentric to boot. Loved Fight Club, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Bronson. This seemed to be along the same lines as that, hence my interest. You're not far off with regarding the insatiable need for violence. Boxing and MMA are kind of the modern day gladiator sport. But I can tolerate violence in film when it's relevant to a story about a bare knuckle boxer, or an action movie like John Wick. I also keep in mind, it's Hollywood effects, and real people aren't being pummeled or killed. I can't tolerate torture or rape. If it's Hostel or whatever torture porn flick is the current rage, I've no interest in that garbage. I turned off the Green Room for that same reason as well. Too dark, too much, no thanks. Hope that makes sense... take care Bo!

THE_RAW_ on Apr 28, 2017



DAVIDPD on Apr 28, 2017


The Gov'nor vs The Count! First MMA fight I've been interested in since Punk asked Mickey for a hug. Seriously though. Big fan of Bisping, happy he got into the movie biz, elated he's getting bigger roles.

Akirakorn on Apr 28, 2017


@Alex, I'd say this looks like much more of a character-driven flim, albiet about a crazed shit-kicker of nutter, like Bronson and Chopper. Not really a "sports" movie if centers around the person (Lenny) and not the sport (Barenuckle fighting). Unless it does lean toward the athlete, or boxer like Rocky or Southpaw. I'd say Tough Enough (83 film with Dennis Quaid) and even Gladiator (90s film with Cuba Gooding Jr) would be more around the sport of underground fighting/boxing/etc. I still say Snatch is more of a crazy-caper heist film than a sport film. That's like calling Fast n Furious 4 thru 800 street racing movies. 1 and 3 focus on street racing, the later films are all crazy-caper heist stunt films. 2 is just a bromance focusing on the compulsive eating disorder caused by prolonged exposure to prison food.

Akirakorn on Apr 28, 2017


The guy this movie is base on was one of the actors in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. According to the extra features on the dvd; he's fought more than 3000 times.

Defeatedfrog on Apr 28, 2017

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