In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hulk Hogan reveals that he was asked to play the lead character in The Wrestler. Hogan claims he was sent the script and considered for the part of Randy “The Ram” Robinson. He read it a few times when it crossed his agent’s desk, but passed on the movie. Nonetheless, Hogan believes Mickey Rourke did a great job in the film.
“The movie got made and they cast Mickey Rourke,” Hogan said. “I thought he did a great job.”
While Hogan was complimentary of Rourke, he wishes Rourke could have had 30 years of wrestling experience to tell a more accurate story.
“I don’t think the public could have handled it, though,” Hogan told the Los Angeles Times. “Just made me realize after seeing the movie with Mickey Rourke that if someone does the real Hulk Hogan movie, you better hang on for the ride, brother.”
In his eyes, Hogan believes the whole movie is shock value. He fears the public perception of professional wrestling will be tainted by the film’s view of the business.
“Made me realize how shock value – that just the drop of reality – can have an effect on the public,” Hogan said. “It was wrestling light. Very light version of wrestling.”
When talking about blading, Hogan said there are wrestlers who blade 25 to 30 times per week. He also said he has friends who do staple gun matches similar to the one in The Wrestler 300 nights per year.
When asked if Rourke should accept WWE’s offer to make an appearance at WrestleMania and cross-promote the movie, Hogan said the actor should be careful based on his own experience.
“You don’t want to jade your performance or have the Hollywood community look at you like, ‘you sold out,’” Hogan said.
Hogan also said he talked to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson about distancing himself from professional wrestling if wanted to be a successful actor. Hogan said he was held back in Hollywood, doing B-movies because he kept going back to wrestling. As a result, the Hollywood community didn’t accept him.
To listen to audio excerpts from the interview, click here.
– Recently released WWE Superstar Scotty Goldman is already back in the ring as he competed at last night’s Pro Wrestling Guerrilla event in California, losing a three-way match against Human Tornado and PWG Champion Chris Hero. Additionally, Paul London made his first wrestling-related appearance since his departure from WWE at last night’s PWG show as well. London cut a promo saying said he would be working his “first wrestling match in five years” by wrestling in a six-man tag in the event’s main event. Paul London and Young Buck (PWG Tag Team Champions Nick & Matt Jackson) beat “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson and Dynasty (Joey Ryan & Scott Lost) when London nailed a Shooting Star Press on Lost for the win.
– Courtesy of Hollywood Entertainment: Hollymood Entertainment has posted more exclusive pro wrestling content to the company Youtube channel and more footage is being uploaded daily. Subscribe to the Hollymood Entertainment Youtube channel if you want future notifications when the company uploads free backstage uncensored pro wrestling documentaries, individual shoot interviews with famous pro wrestlers, rare footage relating to pro wrestling and also a never before released pro wrestling documentary that Michael Moody has been producing and directing for the past 3 years that will be released soon for free.
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– Jacques Rougeau has announced a series of dates around Quebec this summer for his Lutte Familial promotion starting on 4/18 in Repentigny at the Arena and 4/25 in St. Constant at the Wilfrid Lamarche Arena. (Thanks to Devin Cutting)