Every week of the year (and if you watch Monday Night Raw, you know I mean EVERY week), he thunderously talks down his opponents, salutes the crowd, and delivers a patented “F.U.” on just about any one he goes up against. Consider that, and it’s no wonder WWE superstar John Cena jumped at the chance to appear in a movie that allowed him to take it down a notch.
In Legendary, a family drama that opens this Friday (Sept. 10), the wrestler leaves his sneaker pumps behind and channels his inner Mr. Miyagi by playing a man who battles inner demons, and trains his younger brother in high school wrestling to overcome being bullied. The role is more complex than that, and contrasts with his in-ring persona and two previous film efforts (The Marine and 12 Rounds). For starters, Cena’s not the lead – he’s part of an ensemble that features heavyweights Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover.
I spoke with Cena in New York City last week, and found him to be a humble guy, who has embraced acting but still puts the squared circle first. See him below, and see what he says about his new film, acting in general, and whether he’ll appear in The Expendables 2.
By Evan Ginzburg, special to thecheappop.com
As I hurdle towards my 50th birthday this week, I find myself in a reflective mood. All in all things are exceedingly good- a great woman in my life, a job I love and that pays decently, a recent checkup at the doctor’s office that indicated all is well, creative outlets that are starting to bear fruit, and so on.
But one thing does, in fact, bother me.
I’m starting to sound old. Continue reading
Sounds cool if you like the squared circle or not.
I’ll be appearing live next Wednesday to discuss “Sweet Stache” and more. Stay posted here for deets.
Evan Ginzburg is an author, radio show host, writer, and a respected talent agent. For decades, he’s also been a friend of the wrestling industry. When producers were making “The Wrestler,” they enlisted Ginzburg to help with the authentic grappler feel. We spoke to the personality and asked him about that film as well as his new film “Wrestling Then & Now.” Enter the squared circle…now.
Were you surprised by the way The Wrestler was received?
Yes and no. I always knew Darren [Aronofsky] was a genius as I’d seen all his films, and Mickey’s brilliant. My concern was always that critics wouldn’t take it seriously because it’s about Continue reading
By Rich Tarantino
Last summer, I had the honor and privilege of sharing the spotlight with wrestling legend Nikolai Volkoff. Say what you will about the former Tag Team Champion and Hall of Famer but I will never ever forget the moment I shared with the grappling great. Now I know what you’re probably thinking that the two us teamed up and captured some gold of our own but this was not the case at all. On this hot summer night last July, we teamed up for a night of celebration and well beyond the never-ending sushi and an overflow of Sake and Sapporo, the great Russian and I shared the stage and belted out a plethora of songs for the eager and excited crowd. Continue reading
On Tuesday, Dec. 9 WWE Superstars Matt and Jeff Hardy along with Carlito, Primo and WWE Diva Maria were all at Tommy K’s Vitamins in Stamford to help out the U.S. Marines with their Toys For Tots campaign. Hundreds of fans lined up to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars and more importantly, donate a new unwrapped toy in exchange for autographs. Tommy K plans to donate 10 percent of the proceeds toward Toys for Tots.
- Jon Chattman
A lot has been made about how The Wrestler is Mickey Rourke’s comeback, and there is no mistaking that is true. But at a NY press day for the film Sunday, it was apparent a much larger comeback is coming on full throttle these days. It’s even extended beyond movie stars.
Darren Aronofsky is likely to land an Oscar nomination for his docu-style behind the camera, but yesterday in Manhattan, the guy’s face took center stage. The Brooklyn-born filmmaker sported a nicely groomed pushbroom. I had the good fortune to chat staches with him yesterday. Here’s his explanation… oh and don’t fret we’ll have more with Darren later this week.
“Probably because Brad Pitt has one in Inglorius Basterds. I bumped into him like a couple weeks ago, saw it and made fun of it…You know what’s so strange. What happened is I was just screwing around,” he explained.
“I had been on the road promoting the film, and I came back and had scrub and Rachel (Weisz) my partner was like ‘go shave right now.’ I shaved and she loved it. She just went crazy over it, and she’s like ‘never, ever shave.’ I’m totally stuck with it for a while.”
As we made way toward more gripping and grappling conversation, Aronofsky wrapped it up with a parting shot. “Hopefully, eventually she’ll grow out of it. It was a prank gone bad.”
By Rich Tarantino
Pro Wrestling over the years has had its share of unexpected visitors, so it’s only fitting that TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) has announced they’re inviting former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin to make an appearance at its ‘Final Resolution’ Pay-Per-View next month. With that in mind here is a list of some of the most unexpected appearances in pro wrestling history. Continue reading
Anyone who knows Evan Ginzburg, a friend of the site, knows that his Legends Radio show is among the best in terms of pro-wrestling and all walks of pop culture. Last week, he had Jimmy Valiant, actor Romeo Roselli (another friend of the pop), singer Jessica Star, “Mr. Everything” Johnny Ledoux, The Professor Paul Pope and Ryan Blackheart on his show. Click here to have a listen.
Despite being used mostly as a jobber during the 1980’s heyday of Hulkamania, it’s no wonder that WWE wrestling legend S.D. Jones will be remembered most for his nine-second loss to King Kong Bundy at the inagural WrestleMania. Jones, who passed away this weekend, was forever immortalized when LJN released a ‘Special Delivery’ Jones Wrestling Superstars action figure complete with 24 points of mustache articulation. Ok, we kid about the mustache articualtion but no doubt S.D. will be missed by all.