Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Producer Ross' Top 5 Films Featuring Wrestlers

(We have a special guest post today from Producer Ross Bell, in response to Richee's post on Monday. Enjoy!)

After reading Mr Craven’s post about the top 5 films featuring appearances/staring wrestlers I was aghast at his list. He has missed many better films starring many better actors!

I'll begin with Number 5 The Big Show (Captain Insano) in The Waterboy.

The Big Show plays professional wrestler "Captain Insano". He's only in the film for about 30 seconds, but his scene is one of the more memorable ones in the entire movie.

At Number 4 we have Hulk Hogan (Thunderlips) in Rocky 3.

Rocky 3 was released in 1982 jus before the era of Hulkmania began, but after this film and seeing Hogans performanceas professional wrestler "Thinderlips", nobody who saw it would ever forget who the Hulkster was.

Number 3 we have Rowdy Roddy Piper (Nada) in They Live.

To cast a pro wrestler as the lead character in a film was a brave choice by legendary director John Carpenter. But boy did he make the right choice with Piper in this one.

Even if you haven't seen it you will almost certainly be aware of arguably the most famous line a wrestler has ever uttered in a film "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I am all out of bubblegum."

In at Number 2 we have a cavalcade of wrestlers in the aptly named The Wrestler.

Ernst "The Cat" Miller as "The Ayatollah", Ron "R-Truth" Killings, Necro Butcher, Jay Lethal, Claudio "Antonio Cessaro" Castagnoli, Nigel McGuinness and many more play supporting roles to Mickey Rourke's Randy "The Ram" Robinson in what is fairly well known to be the BEST wrestling film ever made.

And Number 1 and Richee I'm deeply saddened by the fact this did not make your list is "Macho Man" Randy Savage as "Bonesaw McGraw" in 2002's Spider-Man.

Like most other wrestlers on this list, Savage doesn't appear in the film for very long, but his shoot match with Peter Parker actually winds up playing a huge role in the movie becasue it essentially starts a domino effect that leads to everything else that happens.

Now, if only Savage could have been the main villain in Spider-Man --- now that would have been awesome.

Thanks for reading and I hope you will all agree that this top 5 is far superior to Mr Craven's!

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