How Stephen Dorff Became a Flashy, Brutish MMA Fighter in ‘Embattled’

Stephen Dorff was coming off the grueling production schedule of True Detective’s third season when he started the work to become Cash Boykins, the volatile brawler of MMA drama Embattled. The HBO anthology series had taken a lot out of him, and he dropped weight for the role, so the path to becoming a welterweight roughneck was already uphill.

“I was running on fumes after True Detective, but I was excited about Embattled, and I had this surge of adrenaline that lasted a month,” says Dorff. For four weeks before filming kicked off in Alabama, the veteran actor worked with trainer Josh Perzow to get into combat-fighting shape. “My whole life was working out and eating during that time.”

Not making weight wasn’t an option for Dorff, who’s a long-time fan of mixed martial arts, and would be sharing his set with UFC headliners like

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Planning for a safe COVID-era holiday | Health Beat

The holidays will look different this year as the number of COVID-19 cases increase. Consider some fun alternatives to still connect with loved ones and celebrate together, virtually. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Normally the days leading up to the holidays are a time of finalizing travel plans, making shopping lists and prepping recipes for family gatherings.

But this year medical experts are urging folks to make a different kind of plan: how to have pandemic-safe celebrations.

Rosemary Olivero, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, believes the holidays could be a dangerous tipping point.

She’s not alone in her concern. The exponential rise in COVID-19 cases in the month leading up to Thanksgiving has the medical community raising the alarm.

“We need to be extremely cautious,” Dr. Olivero said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released recommendations, listing factors to

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