Kurt Angle recently did an interview with Films In Review. Below are some highlights:
"I knew I had to make a choice. I knew being in the WWE, the money was there, the movies were there with WWE Films, but I wanted to go outside the circle, the realm of WWE, and spring out on my own. When you are with WWE, you are under the WWE umbrella. John Cena is a big star right now, HHH is a big star, those guys are doing incredibly well and I am very happy for them. But, you are still under that WWE umbrella. I don’t blame Vince for doing that. I think that he is going to make a whole new avenue of stars with WWE Films. But I wanted to go beyond WWE Films. I am not saying that I am doing films that are better than their films, I think that Vince is doing a great job with some of the films he has done already. They have done real well on DVD and fairly well in the movie theaters so my hat is off to him but I just didn’t want to be under that umbrella."
"The movie I am working on right now is called WARRIOR. My character’s name is Koba. I play an unknown but respected fighter from Russia. I have been taking Russian accent classes and learning how to speak Russian and I have been training my ass off at the Pittsburgh Fight Club. I am so happy they are doing the film in Pittsburgh; it has made it a lot easier on me."
"Hopefully, I will have the same success that Dwayne Johnson has had these past few years. I can picture myself doing that. He made the transition very smoothly. I respect him for that. Although he is a couple of years younger than me, he’s been my hero as far as making that jump from professional wrestling to acting. He has been very inspiring to me. Lots of people love wrestlers and wrestling, but they don’t realize that there are a lot of wrestlers that can crossover and make that transition. They don’t take them seriously as actors. When you look at the WWE and TNA you can pick out a handful of guys that are actually that good. I think Hollywood is starting to look at that, and with Vince McMahon’s WWE Films…that has opened up avenues for wrestlers to do movies and TV. I think Dwayne Johnson definitely has helped. Obviously guys like Hulk Hogan and Macho Man had key roles in big movies, but as far as a full time actor, Dwayne has been the one and only. I’d like to be the second one to have the success that he has. How many guys can say that they have had a movie come out the first week and been number one more than once? I think he has done it two or three times. Hopefully, God willing, I can do the same in the future."
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