During an interview with Dr. Beau Hightower, MJF shared his opinion on wrestlers trying their hand at Hollywood careers.
The AEW World Heavyweight Champion labeled Hulk Hogan as one of the worst actors ever.
“I think a lot of the time, when people look at wrestlers going into acting, because Hulk Hogan did such a shit job. He did, let’s be honest, probably one of the worst actors of all time. People were so hesitant of letting pro wrestlers into acting. Thanks to trailblazers like Cena, Rock, and Batista, absolutely massacring it every single time they are on screen, and killing it. It’s pretty cool and unique now because when they look at wrestlers, they understand now that what we do is really difficult and it takes a lot of charisma, charm, and athleticism. So does being the top draw in Hollywood. I think it’s a pretty easy transition, I shouldn’t say that. It’s an easy transition if you’re capable of being a top guy in my sport. It’s easier. If you’re somebody that struggles in front of the red light and you’re just a really good grappler (it’s harder).“
MJF is currently starring in The Iron Claw as Lance Von Erich, which is set to release next month.
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In a recent interview with Dr. Beau Hightower, AEW World Heavyweight Champion MJF shared his thoughts on wrestlers venturing into Hollywood careers. Specifically, he labeled Hulk Hogan as one of the worst actors ever. This statement sparked a discussion about the perception of wrestlers transitioning into acting and how it has evolved over time.
MJF acknowledged that Hogan’s poor acting skills may have contributed to the initial hesitation in allowing pro wrestlers to pursue acting opportunities. However, he also highlighted the trailblazing performances of wrestlers like John Cena, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Dave Bautista, who have excelled in their acting careers and proven that wrestlers can deliver compelling performances on screen.
According to MJF, the success of these wrestlers-turned-actors has helped change the perception of the wrestling industry. People now understand that being a professional wrestler requires a unique combination of charisma, charm, and athleticism, which are also essential qualities for successful actors. This realization has made it easier for wrestlers to transition into acting roles, especially if they have already established themselves as top draws in the wrestling world.
However, MJF also acknowledged that the transition may not be as smooth for wrestlers who struggle with performing in front of the camera. He emphasized that being a good grappler in the wrestling ring does not necessarily guarantee success in acting. It requires a different set of skills and abilities to thrive in Hollywood.
Despite his critique of Hogan’s acting abilities, MJF himself is currently pursuing an acting career. He is set to star in The Iron Claw as Lance Von Erich, with the movie scheduled for release next month. This venture into acting further showcases the growing trend of wrestlers exploring opportunities beyond the wrestling ring.
In conclusion, MJF’s comments shed light on the evolving perception of wrestlers in Hollywood. While Hulk Hogan’s acting skills may have initially created skepticism, the success of wrestlers like John Cena, Dwayne Johnson, and Dave Bautista has proven that wrestlers can excel in acting roles. This shift in perception has made it easier for wrestlers to pursue acting careers, provided they possess the necessary charisma, charm, and athleticism. However, it is important to recognize that acting requires a different skill set, and not all wrestlers may find the transition as seamless.