Georges St-Pierre reveals obsessive compulsive disorder and what makes him tick in new film
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One would expect it’d take a lot to embarrass someone who gets paid millions to beat people up for a living but ultimate fighting champion Georges St-Pierre admits blushing when seeing his rural father fake a more esteemed French accent in the latest documentary about his life.
“A lot of scenes like this I would’ve changed but (producers) didn’t want to,” admitted St-Pierre during a recent interview to promote the documentary Takedown: The DNA of GSP.
“There were a lot of things I didn’t want to show (but) this is not my movie; I didn’t decide what to show; the (filmmakers) decided.”
Premiering this Thursday at select theatres Canada-wide, the slick documentary that covers the French Canadian’s rise to UFC champ, his fateful knee injury and stunning comeback is also very personal — illustrated by GSP’s own acceptance that he suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder.
“My obsessive compulsive problem that I have (is) good when you’re an athlete,” said St-Pierre.
“I’m crazy but that’s what you need to be champion in the sport.
“All my life I’ve been (focused on) how I can make myself a better martial artist — everything I’ve learned in my life has been for that purpose.”
Certainly those habits are on display in Takedown as fans learn how sleep deprivation, avoiding sidewalk cracks and even heavily concentrated fury has turned GSP into a remarkable mixed martial artist.
In fact, the unpretentious pugilist insists even vacating the title after a controversial win in November was a response to his own affliction.
“I stopped because mentally, my health was in jeopardy,” said St-Pierre.
“I’ve never been a victim in my life,” he adds.
“Everything I’ve done, I did it by choice. “Nobody ever forced me to fight. I did it because I wanted to and that’s the same reason why I’m taking a break — because I want to.”
Georges on Georges
Georges St-Pierre on revealing his obsessive compulsive disorder in the film. “Its kind of boring to be a normal person,” said St-Pierre. “I surround myself with crazy people and I’m crazy myself so it makes us fun…we all have the ingredients for a good movie.”
Takedown: The DNA of GSP screens in Cineplex theatres across Canada on February 20, 22 and 24.
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