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10 world wrestlers succeed on the silver screen (Part 3)

Ernest Miller

Despite playing for many years for the world boxing group World Wrestling Entertainment, Ernest Miller has been the most popular publicity in the field of film, since his supporting role in The Wrestler (2008).

The Wrestler gives viewers a holistic and honest view of the private life and hard work of martial artists. The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival and 60 other big and small awards, nominated for an Oscar the same year.

After The Wrestler, Ernest Miller also appeared in the boxing movie Blood and Bone (2009).

Tyler Mane

Tyler Mane is a former Canadian wrestler, famous in the 1980s through a series of boxing tournaments in South Africa, England, and Mexico. In the early 1990s, he started to film with Luchadores de las Estrellas. He completely abandoned the arena to join the X-Men blockbuster (2000). In the film, he entered mutants capable of quickly healing, is a mass killer and also the main enemy of the character Wolverine by Hugh Jackman incarnation.

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones is an Australian wrestler born in 1970. During his brief boxing career from 2000 to 2004, he competed in many world tournaments, winning the 2002 WWA heavyweight boxing tournament.

Hulk Hogan

Not only a professional boxer, Hulk Hogan is also known as a businessman, musician, reality TV star and famous actor. In the 1980s and 1990s, American wrestlers shone on the stage, winning 12 world boxing championships.

Since stepping onto the screen in the movie Rocky III (1982), starring with Sylvester Stallone, he began his screen career that continues today. The muscular, invincible characters in Hulk Hogan’s duel action scenes in movies like The A-Team, Thunder in Paradise, or Gnomeo & Juliet all impress the audience.

Toshiyuki Sakata

Toshiyuki Sakata is a Japanese born in 1920 on the island of Hawaii, raised in the United States, whose English name is Harold. Before going to cinema, he used to lift weights at the 1948 London Olympic Games. In the 1950s, he worked as a boxing wrestler in North America.

After playing the role, Sakata became an American TV and movie star with many famous films such as Dimension 5 (1966), Death Dimension (1978), Ninja Strikes Back (1982). Create his screen image with the role of monstrous appearance. Sakata died of liver cancer in 1982, in Hawaii.



10 world wrestlers succeed on the silver screen (Part 1)

Wrestlers like Dwayne Johnson, Lenny Montana or Toshiyuki Sakata left a deep impression on the screen through blockbusters like “Fast & Furious”, “The Elderly” and “Spy 007”.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson is currently the most popular action star in Hollywood. In 2013, Forbes magazine listed the most money-making actor in North America with a total income of 1.3 billion USD. Before coming to the movies, Dwayne Johnson was a professional wrestler, having won 10 world boxing tournaments worldwide, gaining global fame from 1996 to 2004.

In 2002, Dwayne Johnson first starred in The Scorpion King, setting a record for being the highest paid actor in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records said he was paid 5.5 million dollars for the film. Close to various genres, Dwayne Johnson left a mark in action movies such as Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Pain and Gain, G.I.Joe: Realiation, Hercules and three parts Fast & Furious 5, 6, and 7.

With a muscular advantage, Dwayne Johnson often plays roles that show strength and power. In the Fast & Furious series, the character Dawyne Johnson from a police officer originally wanted to destroy the group of Vin Diesel bandits and became a friend of this group.

Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista has won 6 world boxing tournaments, including 4 heavyweight championships and two WWE Championship. Stepping onto the screen since 2006 in the film Relative Strangers, Dave Baustita then became famous from the projects The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) and Riddick (2013).

Last year, he was known by the global movie lover for his red, gray-skinned, alien warrior, but loyal to his friends in the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. This year, the actor will return with the 24 episode of 007 agent – Specter. The star plays the minions for Mr. Hinx – James Bond’s enemy.

Kevin Nash

Kevin Nash has been the 21-time champion of the WWE, WCW and TNA Championship boxing tournaments, including six world championships. Having been in cinema since the 1990s, but Kevin Nash was deeply involved in film in the 2000s, with films like The Punisher (2004) and The Longest Yard (2005).

In 2012, Kevin Nash was famous for his role as Tarzan in the series of Magic Mike starring Channing Tatum. His other two successful films are Rock of Ages (2012) and Johnwick (2014). This year, he will meet the big screen audience through the movie Magic Mike XXL.




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