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David Arquette On What Makes Wrestling Magic For Him, RJ City’s Instrumental Role In His New Film

David Arquette says he wanted to let people into his world and show people his love for professional wrestling—and how hard the journey back actually was.

Arquette recently spoke with WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard while promoting his new film, You Cannot Kill David Arquette, available now on video-on-demand.

Arquette says he didn’t go into the project with any major expectations, just that he wanted to be open and let people into his world. He said he wanted people to not only understand who he is but also serve as a message to believe in yourself and to learn how to not beat himself up over the criticism anymore.

Arquette says he has a bit of a new perspective after seeing the film, most of all just not knowing how tough his journey back into wrestling would be.

“It’s so much harder too than anybody knows. You think it’s easy to think on your toes and cut a promo, sell all of the stuff that they’re selling, this is really intricate. It’s a lot more detailed, it’s a lot more in the face that you can imagine. Just looking at it, it’s what makes The Undertaker such an incredible  performer, it’s what makes ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper so talented in his reactions, you could just see the anger and the humiliation, all of those little moments are really what makes it magic for me.”

RJ City was an important part of Arquette’s comeback and was also featured in one of the best scenes in the entire film. Arquette, City and Johnny Yuma were shown mapping out a match backstage, and Arquette says he was initially concerned with pulling the curtain back that much but says he’s glad people can see what a pre-match routine is really like.

“RJ City had a lot to do with that part of the film, he was really instrumental in that. I was really concerned with showing behind the curtain and I approached [Johnny] Yuma and I approached Nick, the referee, about putting it in the film and they were alright with it. They let me know that it had been done before, it’s not like it’s something that hadn’t been done, so that eased me up. I still have a little bit of an issue with it, just being ‘old school’ in my love for it, but I did like the way it showed people and gave them an idea of what it’s like before you go out there.”

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