Dustin Rhodes discusses his role in AEW, why he left WWE, and becoming an actor (Exclusive)
- "I want to walk the stage and get an Oscar before I die."
On the most recent episode of Dropkick DiSKussions, I was joined by one of the true veterans of professional wrestling, and a man who could undoubtedly be described as "legendary" in every sense of the word - Dustin Rhodes.
We sat down to chat all about the former WCW United States Heavyweight Champion's current role with AEW, why the man formerly known as Goldust decided it was time to leave WWE, and all about the 50-year-old's new venture as an actor!
You can check out the audio of the entire interview below, or read on for the complete diSKussion.
Hi, Dustin. Thanks for speaking with me. Now, you've had an extremely successful wrestling career in WWE, and you've made an immense impact in AEW in such a short space of time - but you're now carving a path into acting. I need to ask, what was the inspiration that led to you aspiring to become an actor? Is this something you've always wanted to do, or more of a recent development?
Ever since I was little, man, I've always had a camera in my hand, trying to think of movies and write small scripts from a young age. I've always wanted to be in film.
It's another passion that I have that is much like wrestling, you know, so I'm glad that I'm able to do both of those right now with the freedom of AEW and really focus on that part of it, and then whenever I need to go take some time off for a film role or auditioning, a TV series, then that's what I'm focusing on at that moment and then they bring me back in.
So it's juggling the two but it's a lot of fun and I love it, man, I've got to stay busy, I can't just sit down, I've got to keep moving. In the acting area, I want to be considered a good actor. It's great to be an action star and things like that, but I want to be known for acting because I really, really have a deep passion for it so I am giving it a shot. I've got a few under my belt. Copper Bill is the one that is in post-production right now, fixing to hit the film festivals and the live premieres and things, so I'm looking forward to that.
I have a little question about that later, so we will keep that one pinned.
NEXT: Dustin Rhodes - the actor
COMING UP: Dustin's dream opponent