- Wade Barrett: WWE star on Dead Man Down role
- What did you learn from working with the s of Colin Farrell and Dominic Cooper on set?
- Have you always been built a WWE wrestler?
- You now fight at 112kg. How did you manage to bulk up so effectively?
- What did your training involve?
- Does needing to look the part for WWE mean that your training doesn’t make you very functionally fit?
- Before WWE, you has experience of fighting as a bare-knuckle boxer. Could you have become a pro boxer?
- What can we look forward to when WWE comes to the UK in November?
- Do you get a good reception in the UK?
- Pro Wrestling Movie Club: Wade Barrett Opens Fire In ’Dead Man Down’
- WWE Main Event: Randy Orton clashes with Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett: WWE star on Dead Man Down role
WWE Studios were looking to cast one of their wrestlers in the role of a bodyguard for the main bad guy, played by Terrance Howard. At the time I was the ring with an injury and given my size I fit the bill perfectly.
It’s also quite an active role, and the athleticism I need for WWE meant this wasn’t a problem. But in terms of acting I had to tone it down. In WWE we do things a little overblown – our reactions are a lot bigger and that doesn’t always work so well on film.
You have to be a lot more subtle.
What did you learn from working with the s of Colin Farrell and Dominic Cooper on set?
I noticed how they got into character. In one scene we’re chasing after someone who’s been shooting at us. I was getting ready to start the take when I looked over at Dominic Cooper and Colin Farrell and they were having this whole panicked argument off-camera.
But then I realised they were getting themselves in character by raising the panic level and getting the adrenaline flowing so they were in the zone. I thought that was pretty cool – it’s something I never thought of doing as an actor.
We do a lot of stuff that to fire ourselves up before stepping in the ring too.
Have you always been built a WWE wrestler?
I started wrestling in 2004 in the UK but before that I was very skinny. I was 6ft 6in [1.98m] and weighed 160lb [72.5kg]. That’s skin and bone – I was a young Peter Crouch. I knew if I wanted to be a wrestler I had to put some serious size on but when you’re fighting those ectomorph genetics it’s not easy to do.
You now fight at 112kg. How did you manage to bulk up so effectively?
I read a lot of advice telling you to eat clean, lots of salads and keep your protein intake high but when you’re a skinny, 6ft 6in guy that information was useless. I just needed calories.
I was eating Mars Bars and tubs of peanut butter and just getting bigger and bigger and I looked a lot better that. I didn’t put that much fat on. I kept my abs at the time. My body was just crying out for calories.
I kept my protein high but for me the key thing was getting those calories down my neck.
What did your training involve?
Initially I was just doing pure bodybuilding but after I put on some size and started wrestling I realised your body needs different routines to develop. I needed to do stuff with more athleticism, such as CrossFit training. I started doing a lot more clean and jerks, snatches, and a lot more cardio and burpees.
Does needing to look the part for WWE mean that your training doesn’t make you very functionally fit?
If you look at the UFC those guys train purely for function. Although some of them look incredible physical specimens and are super-fit and strong they don’t necessarily look as good as some of the wrestlers in WWE.
The thing with WWE is we need to have that athleticism, explosiveness, stamina – just the UFC guys – but on top of that we need the aesthetic side. So we have to do a lot of bodybuilding that they may see as wasteful training.
Before WWE, you has experience of fighting as a bare-knuckle boxer. Could you have become a pro boxer?
I did some bare-knuckle boxing when I was younger. There was a point in my early 20s when I had to decide if I wanted to go into boxing or pro wrestling.
Ultimately I decided to go with wrestling because I’d always had more passion for watching that than boxing. As for UFC, when I was younger it wasn’t that popular.
I did a little bit of MMA when I was first training to be a pro wrestler to get used to some techniques and holds but the UFC was never something I seriously looked at getting into.
What can we look forward to when WWE comes to the UK in November?
WWE is such a unique show. It blends athleticism, entertainment, comedy, crowd interaction. There’s nothing on the planet that compares with it. A lot of people to compare us with UFC but to me it’s completely different.
UFC is purely about two guys competing. When you come to WWE it’s a unique experience. You might have seen it on TV but to be there live, experiencing that adrenaline is very different.
I’d always advise someone if they haven’t been along to come check it out and I’m sure they’ll go home very happy.
Do you get a good reception in the UK?
Usually when I wrestle anywhere in the world people usually boo me. They see me as the bad guy, which I’m fine with. I quite enjoy that. But when I come back to the UK it flips. Everyone s to cheer for the English guy. The weird thing is I also get a cheer in France too, which doesn’t make any sense.
Dead Man Down is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 23rd September from Entertainment One.
Pro Wrestling Movie Club: Wade Barrett Opens Fire In ’Dead Man Down’
Previously, on Pro Wrestling Movie Club: Edge cracked jokes, ate donuts and held a gun to a child’s head in Bending The Rules.
This Week: Dead Man Down (2013)
Tagline: “Revenge Is Coming.
WWE Superstar: Wade Barrett
Also Starring: Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Noomi Rapace
Synopsis: In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution. (via IMDB)
Watch It: Netflix [currently unavailable] / Amazon /
Un previous installments of Pro Wrestling Movie Club (and most WWE Studios releases in general), Dead Man Down not only does not feature a WWE Superstar in a leading role, it actually features real Hollywood actors and earned a real-deal theatrical release. That will happen when you shell out for Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard (aka the man who believes that one multiplied by one equals two). But does that mean the movie is any good? Let’s find out.
Dead Man Down opens with Alphonse (played by Terrence Howard), a New York City crime boss, discovering one of his soldiers, Paul, has been murdered and stuffed into a freezer, with a note in his hand that leads Alphonse and his crew to a drug dealer.
Alphonse then confronts said dealer about the murder, and the dealer pleads ignorance, which isn’t good enough for Alphonse, who then executes him. A massive shootout then commences to a godawful dubstep soundtrack, firmly entrenching this film in 2013.
Here is where we first meet Victor (played by Colin Farrell), who is a member of Alphonse’s gang.
Wade Barrett (playing a character named Kilroy, who is part of Alphonse’s crew) is somewhere in here too, probably shooting people, but it’s very difficult to tell because this movie is dark. Not, , storyline-wise, but coloring-wise.
Everything is so goddamn hard to see, and minor characters are so ill-defined to begin with, that it’s a strain on both the eyes and the brain to figure out just what the sh*t is going on.
The film is supposed to be set in New York City, although you never get any major establishing shots of famous landmarks to communicate that. I legitimately thought we were somewhere in Europe initially, due to the sheer amount of subtitled dialogue we get throughout the film.
Within the first 15 minutes we have subtitled dialogue in both Spanish and French, and later in the film we get Russian dialogue as well as some form of Albanian (either Tosk or Gheg, but f*ck if I know the difference between either dialect).
But the first “W” in WWE does stand for “world,” so I suppose a multicultural feature film is best for branding, I guess.
So! Now we follow Victor back to his apartment, where we learn he has a secret admirer who lives across the way and waves at him by the name of Beatrice (played by Noomi Rapace, of the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy). She drops a note in his mailbox with her phone number, leading to a stilted conversation between the two as they stand on their balconies a few dozen yards apart, eventually leading to a dinner date.
Then, all of a sudden, the date ends in quite the abrupt fashion when Beatrice reveals that she saw Victor murder someone in his apartment (presumably Paul, though it’s never explicitly stated, nor is it explained how if it is Paul, that Victor got the body his apartment building, down a few dozen stories and then into whatever random deep freeze inside a building Alphonse owns).
So, Beatrice knows he’s a bad dude, and she has the whole thing recorded on her phone as well for blackmail purposes.
She tells him that unless he kills the man who injured her in a car accident, she will go to the police.
(Beatrice is supposed to be disfigured, but she basically just has a handful of red marks on the side of her face, and it doesn’t do anything to dull Rapace’s natural beauty.) Victor reluctantly accepts the job.
Next, we see Victor torturing … some dude. It’s not the man Beatrice has asked him to kill, so the plot thickens. Then, we cut to Alphonse meeting with another gangster at a restaurant, and then Victor appears on a nearby rooftop, with a sniper rifle trained on Kilroy. He pulls back once he gets a call from his fellow gang member, Darcy who tells him Alphonse is still in danger. No duh.
So apparently Victor is pulling some sort of Serpico-esque role in Alphonse’s crew? No matter: He then opens fire on everyone, sending them scattering.
Wade Barrett gets his big line, yelling, “Get the fuck outta here!” while running through the building lobby, followed by “Over here! Come on!” as they flee the scene, looking for Victor, who escaped by rappelling down the side of the building with the help of a dead bad guy he hanged from a makeshift noose. He’s rescued by Beatrice, who has been following him the whole time. Trust issues much?
Victor comes clean with Beatrice: His real name is Laszlo, he was born in Hungary, and he came to America a few years ago looking for work. Apparently the building his family moved to was owned by Alphonse, and his goons were trying to get all the tenants to leave through scare tactics, firing off guns inside the building.
This apparently led to his daughter being killed by a stray bullet (although it’s never shown). Laszlo’s wife was then apparently killed by a group of Albanians hired by Alphonse because she was going to testify against Alphonse’s crew for killing her daughter.
(Again, apparently, because we never see any of this, we just hear about it.) Beatrice then gives him a lucky rabbit’s foot because reasons? All of this plot and character development happens at the 51-minute mark.
It is the first time we get literally any real backstory for Farrell’s character.
The best scene in Dead Man Down is next: We get to see Wade Barrett playing foosball. He is into it.
So anyway, Victor is trying to get the entire Albanian crew in the same place as Alphonse and his goons to blow them all up at once, most ly killing himself at the same time. Seems a bit complicated, but okay.
He does this by kidnapping the brother of the head of the Albanian crew, Ilir, and having him record a video saying he was being held hostage in Alphonse’s warehouse (even though he wasn’t). Victor then removes his blindfold so the guy knows he’s been hoodwinked, then releases dozens of rats to eat and presumably kill him.
But Victor gets tired of waiting (after, , 15 seconds of the rats nibbling on his face) and shoots him instead.
Victor then relies on Beatrice to deliver the video but because he’s a gentleman, he returns Beatrice’s mother’s Tupperware. That’s an important lesson every man needs to learn: When a woman bakes you something, always return the Tupperware.
I’ve seen multi-year relationships collapse over something as foolish as throwing away plastic containers. You think I’m kidding, but literally five minutes later in the film, Beatrice’s mother thanks Victor for returning the Tupperware.
This sh*t is serious business, fam.
Beatrice then gets dressed up to leave the house but gets attacked by a gang of 12-year-olds calling her “Monster!” because she has a facial scar.
She gets busted open the hard way and ends up with a reasonably nice crimson mask. This is more blood than Wade Barrett ever got in six years on WWE TV.
(But it’s not Noomi Rapace ever got to carry a scepter and wear a crown, so who is the real winner here?)
Victor gets a call from Darcy, who is closer and closer to solving the mystery of Paul’s death. He’s tied it to Laszlo, which means he’s tied it to Victor, which means he’s pretty much signed his own death warrant, because Victor is hellbent on executing his revenge plan.
But before Victor deals with that problem, he finally takes care of Beatrice’s wish to kill the man who maimed her. We only see a split second of this before he returns to his truck and gives Beatrice a talisman off the man’s body.
She, perhaps unsurprisingly, is pretty shook that she actually had someone killed, and ends up accidentally taking it out on a client whose eyebrows she is plucking.
Bummer for that lady, but hey, all good actors suffer for their work, right?
Finally, Victor’s final plan is in motion. He sits in Alphonse’s warehouse with a gun in his hand and a bomb detonator strapped to his wrist, awaiting both gangs to arrive. He also leaves a note for Beatrice telling her that he didn’t kill the man after all.
But it turns out she didn’t mail the video to the Albanians, either! (She sent the rabbit’s foot instead, for those who actually care.) The two confess to each other over a phone call, while Darcy goes to Victor’s apartment and discovers his secret revenge room.
We haven’t seen Wade Barrett on-screen in what feels hours. What a bummer.
Darcy catches Beatrice, which then makes Victor rush back to Alphonse’s mansion in his giant pickup truck, which he then crashes through the side of, possibly killing Wade Barrett in the process. (Again, it’s hard to tell, this movie is dark as shit.)
A firefight ensues, between Victor and, , 20 dudes. On the scale of firefights in and around mansions, it’s passable but it’s no Beverly Hills Cop, that’s for damn sure. Victor comes across Darcy while on the hunt for Alphonse, but decides to let him live.
Beatrice escapes from Alphonse’s sight briefly before getting caught by an Albanian, but not before she plants the video of Ilir’s brother saying Alphonse kidnapped him. Ilir sees the video and ends up shooting Alphonse, who shoots him at the same time. Both die.
So much for Victor’s revenge.
Victor finds Beatrice and the two make their way the ravaged house, only to be stopped by a gun-wielding Darcy, who decides to let them go because Victor let him go a few minutes earlier. Random acts of kindness (or non-murderousness) pay off!
The movie concludes with Victor and Beatrice making out on New York City public transportation. While much of the film was over the top, as anyone who has ever ridden on the NYC subway before can tell you, that is believable.
So! We’ve reached the end. In Pro Wrestling Movie Club, we have three specific questions that must be asked at the conclusion of each film:
1. Is The Movie Objectively Any Good? No. The film is complicated in all the worst ways, with crucial character development purposely withheld for more dramatic reveals later on, rendering much of what we see early on confusing and pointless.
2. Is The WWE Superstar Any Good In It? For being his first movie role, Wade Barrett holds his own, and the guy sounds surprisingly comfortable dropping F bombs. Makes you wonder how far he could’ve gone in the Attitude Era.
3. Would I Be Embarrassed To Have A Friend Find A Copy In My Blu-Ray Collection? I guess that all depends on my friend’s opinion of Colin Farrell. In Bruges was tight and he was good in Horrible Bosses, but he has zero emotion in this movie beyond “stone-faced” so it’s a push.
Next Week: I dive into The Big Show’s debut role as a leading man in Knucklehead. Brace yourself.
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WWE Main Event: Randy Orton clashes with Wade Barrett
WWE Main Event: Randy Orton clashes with Wade Barrett
By NOLAN HOWELL – SLAM Wrestling
Wade Barrett has fancied himself a Hollywood star as of late, letting his bit role in Dead Man Down go to his head.
Tonight on WWE Main Event the WWE Intercontinental Champion goes up against “The Viper” Randy Orton.
With Barrett's film schedule has been getting a lot of attention, can Orton exploit the potential ring rust Barrett accumulated while on set? All that and more tonight!
We are on tape from Albany, N.Y. Michael Cole and The Miz have the call this week.
Prior to their match, Wade Barrett has something to say. Barrett says he is a major Hollywood superstar now, as he attended the opening of “his” new movie, Dead Man Down.
Barrett says he was rubbing elbows with celebrities and people were clamoring for him to act in their films. Barrett says that this video package will prove why. A trailer hyping Dead Man Down rolls.
Barrett hopes everyone took notes, especially certain announcers. Orton has had enough and lays in on Barrett, starting the match inside the ring.
Match One: Randy Orton vs.Wade Barrett
Barrett tries a sneak attack, but Orton matadors him into the corner and unloads strikes. Barrett off the ropes and he eats a back elbow. Orton stomping the hand of Barrett, keeping him down on the mat.
Orton stomping on each limb of Barrett. Orton unloading a few more stomps, targeting the leg. Nearfall for Orton.
The two men begin to exchange strikes, leading to Barrett being sent outside via clothesline as we break.
We return and Barrett is whipped into the corner. Barrett gets the boot up and begins to work Orton on the mat with strikes. Swinging neckbreaker garners Barrett a nearfall. Knee drop from Barrett leads to a sleeper.
Orton gets out with a side suplex and unleashes a dropkick for a nearfall. Barrett working Orton into the corner, but Orton fights out and mounts Barrett in another corner.
Ten punches to the head and a snap suplex grab Orton a nearfall.
Barrett moves outside to recover. Orton meets him, but Barrett nails him with a kick to the stomach and sends him back inside. Barrett on the apron and Orton going for his trademark rope-assisted DDT, but Barrett bodydrops him to the apron. Side kick to the stomach sends Orton tumbling to the floor as we break.
We return as Barrett hits a knee lift to the stomach. Barrett in the mount position and unloads some ground-and-pound punches. Barrett choking Orton on the second rope. Barrett with a clinch and unloading knee after knee.
Big boot follows, but Orton kicks out. Orton moves outside and Barrett folloes. Orton with an abdominal kick and he works Barrett into the barricade. Barrett reverses an Irish whip and sends Orton into the steel steps.
Nearfall for Barrett as the match returns to the ring.
Barrett goes up top, but Orton meets him with a few right hands. Orton climbs to the second rope and nails a superplex. Orton crawls for a nearfall. The two exchange strikes in the center of the ring.
Barrett sends Orton into the corner, but Orton with a bevvy of clotheslines. Barrett hooks the ropes to avoid the powerslam, but Orton gets the backbreaker instead. Rope-assisted DDT plants Barrett. Orton coiled, but Barrett moves outside.
Hangman's neckbreaker lands for Barrett and he lands a huge boot for a nearfall.
Barrett looking for his signature Bullhorn and charges. Orton ducks under and hits the powerslam. “The Viper” manages to recoil. RKO plants Barrett into the mat and knocks him out cold.
Winner by pinfall: Randy Orton
Cody Rhodes will be in action next.
Match Two: Cody Rhodes vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder gets the back, but Rhodes lands a trip. Ryder with an arm drag and a back elbow. Flapjack from Ryder earns a nearfall. Rhodes moves outside to regroup and Ryder follows. A punch and Rhodes is tossed back inside. Ryder on the apron, but he gets slugged by Rhodes. Rhoded with a nearfall.
Rhodes stomping Ryder into the mat. Front suplex puts Ryder down for a Rhodes nearfall. Front headlock in for Rhodes. Ryder gets out and Rhodes sends him into the ropes, only for Ryder to get a facebuster.
Back elbow from Ryder and he heads up top to lands a missile dropkick. Rhodes in the corner and a forearm puts him down. Ryder tries a Broski Boot, but Rhodes moves the way.
Disaster Kick to the back of the head leads to Cross Rhodes.
Winner by pinfall: Cody Rhodes
Video package recaps the challenge Triple H issued to Brock Lesnar on “Old School” Raw from Monday
Match Three: Antonio Cesaro vs. Sin Cara
Cesaro takes control early with a takedown and some stomps. STO from Cesaro gets a nearfall. Tilt-a-whirl arm drag from Sin Cara sends Cesaro outside. Sin Cara flies to the outside to land a hurricanrana on Cesaro. Sin Cara puts him back in, but Cesaro meets him on the apron with strikes. Cesaro whirls Sin Cara around by his head to a rude meeting with the mat. Nearfall for Cesaro.
Sin Cara cornered and Cesaro lands stomps and strikes. Sin Cara fighting back with body blows, but knee to the stomach from Cesaro. Karelin throw from Cesaro earns a nearfall. Sleeper in for Cesaro.
Sin Cara off the ropes and he manages to get a tilt-a-whirl small package. Sin Cara with a sunset flip slam into a nearfall pin. Tilt-a-whirl headscissors sends Cesaro tumbling to the floor.
Sin Cara looking for a suicide dive, but Cesaro gets there with a huge European uppercut to knock down the luchador.
Cesaro up top, but Sin Cara lands an enzuigiri. Sin Cara heads up top and looks for a hurricanrana, but Cesaro holds him. Cesaro lifting him up for leverage, but Sin Cara hits a hurricanrana that puts Cesaro down on the mat.
Winner by pinfall: Sin Cara
Video package recaps the return of The Undertaker and CM Punk winning the opportunity to face him at Wrestlemania on Monday's “Old School” Raw.
The show closes with a video package recapping John Cena and WWE Champion The Rock meeting each on “Old School” Raw.
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