Expect to see a lot more of J.R. Martinez in 2012. Not only did the Dancing With The Stars champ kick off the new year as Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade, he’ll also be seen in a documentary called Trial By Fire.
Truly a cause close to J.R.’s heart, the Fire doc will educate viewers about burn victims and the prejudices they deal with on a daily basis. Martinez himself was severely burned in 2003 while serving in Iraq.
Speaking about the incident in the film’s trailer, J.R. went to say,
“April 5th, 2003 is my new birthday, it’s a day that I will never forget just like a birthday. But, it’s a day that I won’t get phone calls or presents. I drove maybe, 100 yards, then all of a sudden boom! This is my body, these are my scars.”
Clearly Martinez has’’t let those scars get him down. He was universally praised on DWTS for his positive attitude, which is something we’re sure he’ll pass on to his soon-to-be-born baby girl.
By Michael Lopez