I’m a geek, geeks like top 5 lists so here’s another top 5.
Uncool though it maybe something about professional wrestling fascinates me, not just the wrestling itself but the characters who live their whole public lives in character.
Professional wrestling is a performance and so it follows that some wrestlers have crossed over into the movies, be it due to a part that requires a larger than life physique, represents a marketing opportunity or in some cases have genuine acting talent. So here’s a top five professional wrestlers in the movies.
Number 5 – Batista in Guardians of the Galaxy
Number 4 – Hulk Hogan as Thunder Lips in Rocky 3
Number 3 – Jesse Ventura as Blaine in Predator
Number 2 – Andre The Giant as Fezzik in the Princess Bride
Number 1 – Rowdy Roddy Piper as Nada in They Live
Close but not quite in the top 5 – Randy Savage in Spiderman, Hulk Hogan in Gremlins 2, Lenny Montana in The Godfather, The Rock in the Mummy Returns, The Fabulous Freebirds in Highlander and Tor Johnson in Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Note – I have forgone much of The Rock / Dwayne Johnson’s later roles as he is now an actor first and wrestler second.