The 5 best wrestling movie stars

Professional wrestling is a hugely popular art form, but it's one dismissed by many who aren't immersed in its world. People who have no trouble watching people fly dragons in Game of Thrones somehow take issue with the fact wrestling is "fake". It is indeed true that the action that takes place within the ring is pre-determined and relies on cooperation between the people pretending to compete, but any number of severely injured performers will tell you that "fake" doesn't even begin to cover what they do and there's more sporting ability on show than the DraftKings review.

Wrestlers have had an interesting relationship with the movies over the years. The inherent acting skill required to be a larger-than-life wrestling persona is clearly transferrable to the big screen, and so many wrestlers have gone on to be massive Hollywood stars.

Here are the five most notable wrestlers-turned-actors...

andre giant the princess bride5. ANDRE THE GIANT

Andre was an all-time great wrestling behemoth, featuring in one of the most memorable WrestleMania moments ever when he was slammed by Hulk Hogan. On the big screen, he didn't have too many credits, but one of those is more than enough to get him on this list. His portrayal of Fezzik in The Princess Bride is the epitome of the 'gentle giant' idea, particularly in terms of his adorable bromance with buddy Inigo Montoya. Fezzik is a great character in a great movie, and Andre has a lot to do with that.

hulk hogan mr nanny movie4. HULK HOGAN

There was a time when Hulk Hogan was one of the most famous people in the world and, even now, when you tell people you like wrestling, their first response is usually: “What? Like Hulk Hogan?”

His movie career might not be as glittering as some of the other performers on this list, but his star power earns him a spot. He was fighter Thunderlips in Rocky 3 and portrayed an interstellar hero in Suburban Commando. There was also No Holds Barred, the barmy Santa With Muscles and whatever the heck Mr Nanny was. His filmography is not quite a glittering display of quality, but it's certainly something.

john cena blockers movie3. JOHN CENA

John Cena spent more than a decade at the top of wrestling, with charisma to burn. In the past few years, however, he has branched out into the movie world – The Marine definitely doesn't count. First, he shone with cameos in Trainwreck, Sisters and Daddy's Home. He then took on some bigger, standout comedy turns in Blockers and the Daddy's Home sequel, before making his blockbuster debut with a military turn in Bumblebee.

He is already lining up roles in the Fast & Furious franchise and James Gunn's The Suicide Squad sequel, as well as being one of the most reliable comedy actors working today. When it comes to the big screen, at least, the catchphrase doesn't work – you definitely can see John Cena.

dave bautista guardians of the galaxy movie2. DAVE BAUTISTA

As far as radical wrestling names go, removing a single vowel from your surname is pretty straightforward. During his years as Batista – nicknamed 'The Animal' – Dave Bautista was a hulking behemoth and little more than that. When he made his move to the big screen, though, with the immediately hilarious Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, the world saw a whole different side to the big man. His physical bulk has, of course, helped with a slew of action roles and a henchman part in Bond film Spectre but his more impressive work has been with more sensitive parts, such as a rogue replicant in Blade Runner 2049.

Bautista is an actor making very interesting choices, shedding his hardman persona while also showing willingness to embrace or subvert it depending on what the role demands.

jumanji welcome to the jungle 2018 blu ray featured1. DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON

Dwayne Johnson is the biggest movie star in the world. The bloke who was once known as the "most electrifying man in sports entertainment" is now one of the most recognisable faces on the planet and is just about universally beloved. Whether it's his own brand of mad actioners (see: Skyscraper, Rampage, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) or his recurring role in the Fast & Furious franchise, The Rock is simply an entertainment juggernaut and he refuses to stop.

Every wrestler crafting a career in Hollywood wants to be this guy. In fact, it's even more than that. Every human being alive on this planet wants to be this guy.

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