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WWE News: Roman Reigns opens up about a future in acting, and makes a revelation about his Hobbs & Shaw role

  • The Big Dog has opened up on The Rock's involvement, or lack of, in him getting his first major acting role
Gary Cassidy
Modified 02 Jul 2019, 02:45 IST

Will The Big Dog transition into Hollywood?
Will The Big Dog transition into Hollywood?

What's the story?

Roman Reigns will make his Hollywood acting debut alongside The Rock in Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw upon its release next month - but does the Big Dog see his future in Hollywood?

Well, the former WWE Universal Champion has opened up about his acting plans, and made a surprise revelation about The Rock's involvement, or lack of, in him getting the role in his debut movie

In case you didn't know...

Earlier today, the build-up for Reigns' cinema debut was ramped up by Brisk, who announced a new campaign in collaboration with Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast & Furious spin-off movie starring Roman Reigns and The Rock

The video sees the introduction of Brisk's new Can of Whup A** - a limited edition product inspired by The Rock's character Luke Hobbs' catchphrase in the film's trailer.

The heart of the matter

Roman Reigns spoke with AOL to promote his new Brisk TV commercial and The Big Dog opened up about his movie role and potential acting career overall.

Reigns revealed that The Rock originally didn't even know that he was trying out for the role.

I had heard about the project and figured I'd just read for it, see how it goes, I don't think Dwayne actually knew I was reading for it or interested in it at the beginning. Once my tape went out and they were happy with it, fairly serious [about me coming on], I think they told DJ [Dwayne Johnson] that I was in the hunt. It was pretty neat to go through the regular process and then see what happens once someone like Dwayne gets his fingerprints on something.

Reigns also opened up about how having a stuntman helped him keep working through his battle with leukaemia.

In the ring, we don't look at it as stunts, we're just working. I'm so used to throwing my body around, the idea of doing it when nobody other than just the crew and people in production are watching, my adrenaline doesn't get going for that. Having a stunt double, his name was Niko [Nedyalkov], great guy, I loved every bit of him, it was awesome.

All I had to do was just look cool and stand there and say my lines, do the acting bit of it, but when it was time for me to get hit or do something crazy, Niko would be there. That was the cool part, especially where I was, resting, healing, being able to take advantage of that process and not beat my body up during the production, it was a nice spin on things for a change.

Reigns also spoke about the possibility of doing more acting work in the future.

There's always something that intrigues me in both the process of creating it and the process of bringing it to life. There's a lot of responsibility of being a lead man, the top guy in WWE, there are a lot of opportunities that come with it. It's something I've been able to handle thus far, so it's just something I need to look at through the scope of my family. Just getting the opportunity to be a part of Hobbs & Shaw, whether there's sequels, 15 more to come, you know how the 'Fast' franchise does it, was cool enough.

What's next?

The film is scheduled to be released on August 2nd 2019.

Are you looking forward to the release of Hobbs & Shaw? Let us know in the comments.

Published 02 Jul 2019, 02:45 IST
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