Top 5 – Wrestlers in Movies
With the upcoming release of The Marine 3: Homefront on April 15th which stars WWE superstar Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin we take a look back at other wrestling superstars who have traded the ring for the big screen.
1. Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin
Initially a reality star on MTV’s: The Real World: Back To New York, The Miz started his career in an unconventional fashion. Soon after he was signed up by WWE officials and has now become one of the most feared wrestlers on the circuit. The Marine 3 sees The Miz in his first lead film role playing the marine Sgt. Jake Carter who his on a mission to save his kidnapped sister as well as preventing an organised terrorist attacked. The start of things to come, The Miz is now lined up to play the lead role in Christmas Bounty which is out later in the year.
2. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
Billed as “The Most Popular Superstar in WWE History”, injury finally caused this six-time World Champion to leave the ring. However, where other wrestlers have usually enjoyed only brief onscreen careers, Steve Austin is still going strong after a long string of ass-whooping roles. His acting credentials were already well-established, courtesy of a series on much loved US TV show Nash Bridges as Det. Jake Cage, before his first film role in mega-hit The Longest Yard. He has since played perfected his niche as tough-guy antihero, dispensing his own brand of tough justice; most recently as an LAPD SWAT-team officer in the thrilling Tactical Force.
3. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
‘The Rock’ has found fame in three separate careers, overcoming the handicap of being christened with possibly the world’s least showbiz name. He was a title-winning college football star, a world famous wrestling champion and, ultimately, an A-list action movie hero, contributing to such hits as The Mummy Returns (from which he fronted a successful spin-off as The Scorpion King’), The Expendables and Fast 5. His forays into family comedy may seem less sure-footed, but yes, we can smell what The Rock is cooking… and we like it.
4. Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan is surely the most well-known professional wrestler in history. In his heyday, he lent his image to everything from dolls to lunchboxes, inspiring legions of ‘Hulkomaniacs’ around the world. It may seem inevitable then that Hollywood came to call – but in fact it was the other way around; Hogan’s career in the ring was partly launched by his performance as Thunderlips in Rocky III. He later returned to celluloid at the peak of his fame – clothes-lining the forces of evil in such profitable fare as No Holds Barred and Suburban Commando.
5. Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant’s story is truly the stuff of legend, and rather sad (he died at just 46 years old). Too large to ride the school bus as a child, he ultimately grew to nearly 7½ feet tall and put his bulk to good use; becoming a much-loved wrestler and the first ever inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame. His inclusion here is assured by his appearing as the loveable and heroic Fezzik in Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride - a tale of feats almost as awe-inspiring as the real-life Andre allegedly drinking 119 pints of beer in a single sitting.
The Marine 3: Homefront is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 15 April from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment