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Posted by Marc Middleton in WWE News
Monday, March 23rd, 2009

was interviewed by MoviesOnline.com to promote “12 Rounds” today. Here are some highlights:

Following Dwayne Johnson into Movies: “It’s tough for me to say this and then have people believe it just because of the people who’ve come before me, but I’m not going to leave the ring anytime soon. I’ve done two features now. I haven’t sacrificed one bit of commitment to the WWE. I can do two things at once and it’s two jobs that I enjoy. I love making movies and I love my time in the ring. I wouldn’t want to give either one of them up.”

: “That’s one event that we prepare all year for. We start preparing for 26 the day that Wreslemania 25 is over. So, as a performer, it truly is the grandest stage. It’s like being in the Super Bowl although you prepare for every game, but when you’re in the Super Bowl, there’s just something special about it. It is another game and the coach will try and tell you hey, let’s just run the plays like we usually do, but if you’re in the Final Four or if you’re in the Super Bowl, there’s a certain amount of magic to that.”

Weaknesses of “The Marine”: “I really wished there was just a little bit more character development. I knew the movie was very up in your face, and it certainly was modeled after old ‘80s style action. I loved the winking at the camera, I loved the huge explosions and stuff like that. I just think the movie was built by design. I’d never been on screen before. Literally I got thrown in the mix with seven days to go, so I thought basically they were probably like, “Okay, take care of the kid. Don’t overexpose him.” I would have liked more of a chance to act a little bit. I think that was the only – there was a lot of me running through the jungle. But I think the supporting cast carried the movie, and Robert Patrick did so great, all the bad guys did awesome, Kelly did great. That’s what carried the movie. Personally, I would have liked to have given a bigger contribution to the film. I love watching it because I grew up with that type of movie but, from a personal standpoint, I just wish I could have given more.”

Whether the Wrestler Was An Accurate Portrayal of The Business: “Well see, obviously when people see it, I think it really follows an individual’s path so whether or not that’s correct, I’m not there yet. But I know that as I started out, I worked in VFW Halls, I worked in flea markets. That genre which they chose to showcase is certainly not life in the WWE. We’re a much grander stage. You know, we’re going to have 80,000 people for a Wrestlemania show on April 5th. Actually Mickey Rourke is going to be at that show which is very cool because he kind of showcased how sports entertainers begin and end their career. And it’s going to be great to have him at the Super Bowl. I thought he did a great job. I thought his character, he deserved every accolade he got for his performance.”

Hardcore Wrestling Seen in The Film: “Believe it or not, there is a niche market for all that. We kind of pride ourselves especially now on being family entertainment. We realize that a lot of young kids come to our show and it certainly does a parent no good if they’re watching another dude getting stapled in the ring. We can tell our stories and we can entertain everybody without any of that.”

Rourke vs. Jericho: “He’s coming to Wrestlemania. I have no idea. I know as far as our programming content, he’s kind of been beating the tar out of all the old guys. I don’t know what the deal is with Mickey. I just saw snippets of that Larry King thing. I know that Mickey ran his mouth on one of the award shows and then Chris confronted him on Larry King for real and he totally backed down. That I know was legitimate. I’ve known Chris for a long time and he’s very passionate about the business and has a lot of respect for the business and he got called out and then he went on Larry King and said hey, what do you want to do? Do you want to come to Wrestlemania? Mickey said “I don’t think I should do it, maybe if it was a boxing match,” and right away Chris was like “I’ll box you, I don’t care.” And he still kind of backed down so I don’t know. I just know Chris is a very passionate individual and I didn’t know what Mickey’s commitment to Wrestlemania was so in all these interviews I’ve been offering him a paid, ring-side seat. I said, “I just want you to see the grandest stage of them all.” Just so he can have a comparison to his movie, because I was very pleased when Mickey went out and said the one thing I admire most about these guys is their camaraderie. That exists. That is definitely there. So I wanted him to see it on the mainstage, but he didn’t need to take my invite. He’s going to be there and it will be what it will to be, I guess. (Laughs) We’ll see.”

Rumors of Cena in the Captain America Film: “: I love America and I was a team captain at Springfield College so if the Marvel folks are listening, it’s a perfect fit. I think it’d work great. (Laughs) No, that is strictly just a rumor. No talks on that. I’ll give you the scoop on that first hand.”

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