Former Yokozuna Asashoryu will soon kick off a career in show business, with his first “role” to be a PR spokesman in Japan for the American-made action film “Predators,” which opens on July 10.
Asashoryu was compelled to bow out of the sumo world in February after his involvement in several incidents. Speaking of his fresh start, Asashoryu said: “I want to become the yokozuna of a new arena.”
Asashoryu's manager stated, “If the chance arises, I'd like to see him try his hand at variety shows and other 'talent' jobs.”
A follow-up to 1987's original “Predator” film, the 2010 update tells the story of a group of humanity's strongest warriors locked in a cutthroat battle with the titular predator aliens.
Producers responsible for the advertising campaign said they offered the job to Asashoryu because they thought he was a “perfect depiction of the strongest warrior.”
The “Guess the Predator” ad campaign, launched on June 4, featured a thermal image of Asashoryu, emulating the high-tech night-vision of the film's protagonists. Fans then guessed at who the image depicted.© Japan Today