Professional wrestling involves a lot of acting, from the scripted arguments to the choreographed fight sequences. The skills they have can be transferred to the world of film, so it’s little surprise to see wrestlers pop up in Hollywood productions. Here are the best movies roles of pro wrestlers.
Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride
Few people can forget Andre the Giant’s roles in the 1987 adventure fantasy The Princess Bride. Andre plays the outlaw Fezzik, who, along with his gang, tries to kidnap Buttercup. We later learn that Andre’s character is actually friendly and he comes along to save the day. Back in the 1980s, Andre the Giant was at the peak of his popularity and casting him in the film brought lots of attention to the fantasy movie.
Batista in Guardians of the Galaxy
We’re not sure many people seen it coming, but Batista has become one of the biggest movies stars. He had already begun his acting career long before getting cast in the Marvel story, but this was his breakout role. Batista plays Drax the Destroyer and, despite the name, essentially provides as much comic relief as the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Drax is, of course, the tough guy of the group, and he has helped the movie franchise grow, with the Guardians even making it into the Avengers movies.
Jesse Ventura in Predator
Fans of cheesy action movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s will absolutely love Jesse Ventura’s role in the 1987 sci-fi action, Predator. It seems the role he played was made for him as he, along with a group of tough guys, goes searching for an alien in the jungle. The alien takes out the gang one by one, but Ventura’s role in the film provided fans of the movie with many memorable quotes.
The Rock in Fast Five
Okay, we pretty much could have picked any of The Rock’s recent movie outings, but we went with the one that helped him become a global superstar. Before The Rock featured in Fast Five, the fifth installment of the Fast and the Furious movies, he had been in many action movies trying to make it as Dwayne Johnson.
When he starred in Fast Five, he was basically The Rock on screen as he laid waste to anyone who dared fight him. This was when we all realized just how much of a man-mountain The Rock really was, and since Fast Five, his career has from strength to strength.
John Cena in Bumblebee
If you want to be considered a real movie star, you need to be in some of the biggest movies around. John Cena starred in many WWE produced films, but in 2018 he starred in the latest Transformers movie, Bumblebee. He played Agent Burns who initially presumes Bumblebee a hostile threat but eventually learns to trust the likable Transformer.
Professional wrestlers are not just tough characters in the ring, they also have plenty of acting skills they bring to the table. These are the best movie roles pro wrestlers have found themselves cast in.