Professional wrestlers who made the leap to Hollywood stardom

Though the Rock is probably the most successful wrestler-turned-actor, he isn’t the one one who went from the highest rope to a Hollywood set.

Right here’s how another big-name grapplers have fared.

Hulk Hogan

Sylvester Stallone faces off with Hulk Hogan in 1982’s “Rocky III.”United Artists/MGM /Everett Assortment

Hogan’s first position as wrestler Thunderlips in “Rocky III” was his finest. Together with his good Fu Manchu mustache, unabashed preening and harem of crimson bikini-clad chicks in his nook, he was the final word heel.

However he additionally grew to become the final word typecast. He performed an interstellar hero in “Suburban Commando” and a wrestler-turned-child-minder in “Mr. Nanny.” Hulkamania must run wild on variation to get any respect within the appearing division.

John Cena

John Cena with Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck”Common Footage/Everett Assortment

The WWE golden boy launched into an appearing profession by sticking near dwelling. He starred in WWE-produced motion flicks like 2006’s “The Marine” and 2009’s “12 Rounds.” However he body-slammed his lame action-hero alter ego when he performed Amy Schumer’s mimbo in 2015’s “Trainwreck” and flexed his humorous muscle mass. He brings the gross laughs once more in “Blockers,” which implies we must always think about his comedy crossover.

André the Large

André the Large starred alongside Robin Wright and Wallace Shawn in 1987’s “The Princess Bride.”20th Century Fox Movie Corp./Everett Assortment

When “The Princess Bride” was written, the position of the Fezzik was crafted with André the Large in thoughts. At that time, the Frenchman named André Roussimoff, who died in 1993, had solely acted as brutish Bigfoot in “The Six Million Greenback Man.” However he performed the rhyming big Fezzik like a seasoned thespian.

Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura (with Invoice Duke) in “Predator”20th Century Fox Movie Corp./Everett Assortment

There isn’t a larger chameleon within the wrestling world than Jesse “The Physique” Ventura. Within the ’80s, the Navy vet was a feather boa-wearing grappler after which a commentator. Earlier than turning into the governor of Minnesota, in 1999, he starred in 1987’s “Predator” after which “The Operating Man” that very same yr. Ventura’s been neglecting his IMDb web page not too long ago, however given his propensity to reinvent himself, don’t rule out a box-office-topping efficiency sooner or later.

Steve Austin

“The Longest Yard” solid included Steve Austin (from left), William Fichtner and Brian Bosworth.Paramount/Everett Assortment

Higher often called Stone Chilly, Steve Austin was the undisputed bad-boy celebrity of wrestling within the ’90s. The Texan was the brawn du jour in “The Expendables” (2010), starring alongside Sylvester Stallone. He was a jail guard in Adam Sandler’s “The Longest Yard” and performed Sandler’s steroidal childhood bully in “Grown Ups 2.” However his appearing profession has been stone chilly of late.

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