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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 2)

Steve Austin

Born in 1964, Steve Austin was named the biggest star in the history of the World Wrestling Federation. The former wrestler, nicknamed “Stone Cold”, has won the World Cup 21 times, including 6 times the WWF Champion and 5 times the Triple Crown Champion. Since he was forced to retire from the stage due to a neck and knee injury in 2003, Steve Austin turned to film.

The first major role on the big screen of Steve Austin was The Condemned (2007). But it was not until the role of bodyguard Dan Paine – the right arm of the evil boss in The Expendables, Steve Austin was widely known to the world audience. In the film, the character Dan Paine seeks to disrupt the action plan of the detachment of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham.

In addition to acting in films, Steve Austin also participated in many popular television series and led many reality TV shows.

Lenny Montana

Before coming to cinema, the original Italian wrestler was known only in the United States when he won many federal tournaments. In the late 1960s, Lenny Montana became a bodyguard for the notorious Colombo family mafia and used to go to jail for some time for her disruptive acts. Released from prison, he was unexpectedly invited to participate in the classic movie Dad Gia (The Godfather) in 1972.

Director Francis Coppola chose Montana for the film because the wrestler had real experience with the mafia. Montana’s role is Luca Brasi – the ill-fated loyal servant of Godfather Don Corleone (Marlon Brando). Montana said he was so nervous when being with Brando that he rehearsed his own lines over and over again. With very few appearances, Luca Brasi has still become the symbol of henchmen in mafia families on screen, prompting subsequent films to learn.

Since Dad, Montana’s film career takes off. He expensive roles in projects such as Patty (1976), Fingers (1978), Defiance (1980), and the last role in Blood Song (1984). Montana died in 1992 of a heart attack while in Italy.


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