Salma Hayek Dazzles at "Here Comes The Boom" NYC Premiere

Posted Tuesday October 9, 2012 9:36 PM GMT

Hitting theaters nationwide on Friday, "Here Comes the Boom" held its New York City premiere at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Tuesday (October 9).

Directed by Frank Coraci, the comedy follows a high school biology teacher, played by Kevin James, who looks to become a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise funds to help his poverty-stricken school. Costarring with the funny man are Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler, as well as a handful of MMA stars.

As writer, co-producer and star, 47-year-old James considers the film a labor of love. In an interview with ESPN, he spoke about combining his love of Mixed Martial Arts and teaching.

Kevin explained, "[W]hat got interesting to me was that these professional fighters aren’t just these gladiators that are in the ring. They’re family people on the outside, they’re just like you and me, they just have a really odd job. But they’re the most incredibly trained athletes, and they’re all friends among each other in the community. They hug afterwards and they’re friends. To see what these guys go through and what inspires them to actually do that, to get into a cage and fight like that, risking their lives, was what was interesting to me. I wanted to make a movie about that and try to tie it into the teaching aspect of it, because I had some very cool teachers back in my past. We definitely tried to keep it as real as possible."

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