by Larry "Smokey" Genta
February 25, 2000
April 12th Time Warner will release the full length feature movie "Ready
to Rumble" just in time for Spring Break 2000. Although professional wrestling
has made unbelievable strides in public appeal and main stream entertainment
circles, "Rumble" is the first wrestling film of its type. The trailers
are out and the movie has been tested with audiences and by all early
"Ready To Rumble" is sure to be one of the years's most entertaining comedy
a cast of proven Hollywood stars like Oliver Platt, David Arquette, Scott
Caan, Joey Pantiliano with appearances by John Goodman and Jack Palance,
the story centers around the comeback of fictional wrestler Jimmy King
(Oliver Platt). Arquette and Caan play two crazed wrestling fans that
find the retired King and convince him to win back his title. The list
of WCW stars features Diamond Dallas Page, Steve "Sting" Borden, Bill
Goldberg as well as Bam Bam Bigelow and more. The movie was written by
Stephen Brill (The Mighty Ducks) and directed by Brian Robbins (Varsity
Blues). The executive producer was none other than Eric Bischoff.
recently had the opportunity to speak with one of the film's co-stars
and one of Hollywood's hottest stars of 2000, David Arquette. Mr. Arquette
is currently enjoying the box office success of the third in the trilogy
of the popular "Scream" series. He is seen often on talk shows and his
entertaining 1-800-Call-ATT commercials have made him a familiar face.
His real life wife Courtney Cox has again co-starred with him in Scream
3, and is known worldwide from her role in the hit TV series Friends.
Arquette returned my call within hours after DDP and he spoke about doing
an interview on www.DDPBang.com and he was anxious to answer questions
about Ready to Rumble.
Congratulations on the success of Scream 3, and right behind it comes
Ready to Rumble in April. Sounds fun to be able to go from a horror movie
Arquette: Thanks man, it really was. I had a blast doing Ready
The world knows
you come from a talented acting family, but was wrestling something that
was on TV at the Arquette house growing up?
Arquette: It really
was. I'd watch it as a kid and actually went to a Wrestlemania when I
was young. My dad (Actor Lewis Arquette) did some voice work on an animated
Saturday morning TV series in the 80's that was a WWF project he did Jimmy
"Superfly" Snuka's voice.
That must have
been pretty cool, but now here you are years later and you are involved
in a film based on the wrestling business. One of the fans asked a question
wondering how an actor like you hears about a movie like this?
Arquette: When I first heard about Ready to Rumble I was committed
to another project, but there had been a few problems that the studio
was having and it eventually fell apart. At the same time I heard that
the director Brian Robbins had thought about me for the part in his film.
It worked out since I had suddenly became available and when I met Brian
he told me that he really wanted me for this part and asked me to check
it out. When that happens it's really awesome, since that's half the battle.
When a director has the confidence in you, it makes it that much better.
How far into
the script were you before you decided that you wanted to do this film?
Or were you pretty sure for the start?
Arquette: Yea, before I really got too far into it and I heard
that it was a movie about wrestling, and I was like, 'this is really cool'.
But once I heard that it involved real wrestlers and WCW…it was amazing,
it was like, 'bring it over…I can't wait!'
We saw you ringside
at Nitro a while back with your wife Courtney, and it seems that you both
have been asked a lot about wrestling in your most recent talk show appearances.
Another question from DDPBang.com wonders how is she taking to wrestling?
Arquette: She really enjoys it, it's been a lot of fun for
us both to be as close to it as we have been.
Do you thinks
stars like yourself and Oliver Platt look at a movies like this any differently
since it does deal with a topic like wrestling?
Arquette: Well, you know a topic like wrestling has the potential
to be a lot of fun, and it was. But this it's a good script and a good
story that is based in reality. These guys (Arquette and Caan) really
believe in their hero Jimmy King. I think the fans and people that watch
wrestling feel the same way. They embrace the characters and there is
an element of true passion whenever they watch. Those elements add so
much to the story.
wrestlers through the years but how did your opinion change once you began
working with them?
Arquette: I did a lot of research and watched every special,
documentary and interview that I could. I saw Beyond the Mat and with
everything that I saw I became more and more familiar with the way their
form of entertainment operates. The wrestling business centers on the
most recent events and it really is fan based in every way. I saw that
they respect their fans, they take the time to sign autographs. Most of
them really care about their fans and appreciate the ones that follow
You have been
around the entertainment business in most every capacity and have worked
with an impressive list of actors. Knowing that you must have seen most
every type of ego in Hollywood, how would you compare Hollywood egos to
Arquette: The really are similar in many ways. There are people
that are overly impressed with themselves and can be real jerks. That
type of person that believes in his own hype is in all forms of entertainment
and I guess some of the wrestlers are like that, but when you get to the
point where its is too visible then it really has gone too far. The business
will put you in your place eventually.
We have seen
some of Hollywood's biggest stars embrace wrestling, most notably Jay
Leno and most recently Arnold Schwartzeneger made an appearance in the
WWF. Since then, there seems to be more and more opportunities for wrestlers
to try their hand at Hollywood. Who did you see that you believe can make
the transition from the ring to Hollywood?
Arquette: I was really impressed with a lot of the guys and
I really think that many did make the transition successfully in this
movie. I was impressed with Dallas' (DDP) ability to act and his commitment
to realism was incredible. So many of these guys have to be able to develop
and change characters in their work that many possess the talent to portray
We are all looking
forward to the release of the movie, and a fan was wondering if you plan
to make other appearances at WCW events in conjunction with the movie?
Arquette: I would love to take bumps! It was so much fun learning
certain things, and I was so impressed with what they can do. I would
love to get out there and be able to do it with these pros. It would be
a dream come true to climb into the ring.