Let's face it, aside from playing bit parts like "Tough Guy #3" in a direct to DVD action flick, most #WWE stars don't have what it takes to make it in Hollywood. But every once in a while, a wrestler is able to break through into the mainstream acting world, earning both acclaim and big bucks for their work on screen. Who needs the Yale School of Drama when you can gain valuable acting experience pretending to be thrown through a table? Ahead, here are a few WWE wrestlers who are surprisingly good actors.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Named the world's highest-paid actor by Forbes, #TheRock is by far one of the most talented actors that the WWE has ever produced. From family comedies like Tooth Fairy to action thrillers like the Fast & Furious franchise, The Rock has proven himself to be a versatile on screen talent over the years. He can even sing, showing off his musical chops in Disney's latest animated hit Moana.
Andre the Giant
The late WWE legend doesn't have the longest on screen résumé, but he did turn in a few amazing performances during his career. The French wrestler memorably played a towering giant in the 1987 classic The Princess Bride and had a feature role in Cydni Lauper's music video for the song "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough." Andre the Giant also had roles in Conan the Destroyer, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Micki & Maude.
The former WWE champion has made a huge run through Hollywood in recent years and is quickly becoming one of the industry's go-to action stars. The man formerly known as Batista has cashed in with big roles such as the villanous Mr. Hinx in the James Bond sequel Spectre as well as his breakout part as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista will be throwing down with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, and more in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
Similar to The Rock and Batista, #JohnCena has landed several action movie parts during his time as an actor, however, he's clearly found his calling with comedic roles. The WWE megastar nearly stole the show as Amy Schumer's boyfriend in the 2015 comedy Trainwreck, and had hilarious cameos that year in both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters as well as Mark Wahlberg's Daddy's Home. Cena also killed it as a guest host on Saturday Night Live in 2016, so expect to see more of his funnyc side in the years to come.
WWE veteran Kevin Nash has found a lot of success Hollywood thanks to his prowess in the ring. Although he's not exactly a leading man, Nash has landed roles in several big blockbusters, including John Wick, Magic Mike, and The Longest Yard. He also once played the maniacal Shredder in the 1991 flick Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.
Tom Lister Jr.
Unlike many of the names on this list, Tom Lister Jr. was involved with acting before making the move to the ring, famously going toe-to-toe with #HulkHogan in the WWF during the late '80s. Lister has dozens and dozens of parts to his credit, highlighted by his unforgettable role as Deebo in the cult classic comedy Friday. Lister's other notable credits include The Dark Knight, Jackie Brown, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Zootopia.
As expected, a badass like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has focused more on action parts throughout his relatively short career in acting. To the delight of fight fans everywhere, Austin got the chance to throw down against #Rocky legend Slyvester Stallone in The Expendables. He also played a no nonsense officer in Adam Sandler's The Longest Yard remake. On the animation side, Austin famously served as a guest commentator for the hit series Celebrity Deathmatch.
From serving as the Governor of Minnesota to fighting off challengers in the ring, Jesse Ventura has definitely done it all. The wrestler turned politician has also tried his hand at acting on several occasions, appearing in action hits like Demolition Man, Batman & Robin, as well as a very memorable part opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 sci-fi thriller Predator.