Monday, November 19, 2012
10 Movies You Forgot Had Wrestlers in Them
Tim Burton ever made by a pretty wide margin. The casting of George "The Animal" Steele (most famous for eating the turnbuckle after matches, having a hairy back and stalking Miss Elizabeth [RIP]) is very meta, as he plays Tor Johnson, himself a wrestler and the big, bald zombie Lobo in Plan 9 From Outer Space. So you have a wrestler trying to act played by a wrestler trying to act. In this, Steele is totally convincing. Lobo would have to struggle with this problem every day.
Joe Dante's underrated 2003 effort (his last theatrical release in the U.S. until The Hole played on a handful of screens earlier this year). The whole cast is a mixed bag of eclectic "personalities," from Steve Martin to Timothy Dalton to Jenna Elfman to Mary Woronov, so I guess throwing in a wrestler isn't really that big a deal. Oh, and SPOILERS he's actually revealed to be the Tasmanian Devil wearing Goldberg skin suit. It's a long way from Space Jam. Which is THE POINT.
Brian DePalma's 1986 crime comedy as a mob enforcer, more than likely cast for his colorful personality than any legit acting chops. Albano's best work would come later as hardworking Italian plumber "Mario" on The Super Mario Brothers Super Show.