*Pro wrestling might have many fans who benefit from the sport and its eclectic roster of rivals, however there’s all the time those that don’t share the identical appreciation.
A minimum of earlier than starring in a movie based mostly on the lifetime of a well-liked feminine wrestler. In this case, that present wrestling fan can be Florence Pugh, who plays WWE Celebrity Paige in “Fighting With My Family” (now enjoying in choose theaters) and has no drawback admitting she slept on wrestling. In contrast to Paige, who grew up in a household of wrestlers and carried a pure love for WWE, Pugh was conscious of professional wrestling, but wasn’t as in tune with sports leisure as the retired diva.
“I didn’t grow up on wrestling and I knew it was there. I wasn’t, like, unaware of the wrestling world. It was everywhere,” Pugh informed EURweb while detailing what occurred when she discovered what she had been missing out on all this time. “The second I began engaged on this [“Fighting With My Family”]my eyes have been opened to this totally different world. And even just behind the curtains was so… it was so much to absorb and I’m now a huge fan…I take my hat off to anyone that steps in that ring. So now I am a little bit of a fan now for my favorites.” When asked what identify she would give herself as a real-life wrestler, Pugh was fast to personalize her moniker, calling herself The Pughster, while her “Preventing With My Family co-star Lena Headey jokingly took the identify Choo Choo.
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Written and directed by Stephen Service provider, “Fighting With My Family” explores Paige’s relationship together with her household as she works to make a name for herself in WWE. Along with Pugh, the comedy features Nick Frost as Paige’s father, Patrick “Rowdy Ricky Knight” Bevis, Headey as Paige’s mom, Julia “Sweet Saraya” Bevis, Jack Lowden as Paige’s brother, Zak “Zodiac” Bevis, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who additionally serves as a producer on “Preventing With My Family.
Whereas Pugh, Lowden and Headey admitted to not being pro-wrestling fans earlier than working on “Fighting With My Family,” Frost expressed his love of wrestling, which matches back to his days of watching British wrestling in the ’80s.
“I had been a fan, yeah. I was a fan of British wrestling in the ’80s and then that kind of wore off a little bit. People stopped watching it and so it stopped being televised. And then the WWF started to kind of trickle in in the mid- to late ’90’s. And then that kind of took me. And I’ve been a fan ever since, really,” Frost shared with EURweb, whereas revealing his favorite WWE combatants. “I love the Rock, oddly. I was always a fan. I’m not just sayin’ that. Seeing him pull his elbow pad off and knowing someone would get that in their face in a moment was always a great joy to me. When they handed Stone Cold [Steve Austin] beer at the end and he opened them up and drank a beer, I never seen that before. I thought that was amazing. I think the Bible psalm 3:16, Austin says ‘I just whooped your ass’ was a favorite too. And Paul Bearer. I always liked Paul Bearer…He was like Kane’s dad / ring man He was just a weird, small, very fat man with rolls of necks. [Laughs] But really white, he was creepy. He was a creepy guy.”
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“I had never heard of Paige…I had never watched pro wrestling. In fact, more so I didn’t think this was a story that was going to be interesting to me,” confessed Merchant, who was introduced to Paige by way of the 2012 documentary “Fighting With My Family.” “It began life as a documentary that was made on British TV about Paige and her family. A documentary not that I had seen, but which our producer Dwayne Johnson had seen. He obviously had some historical past of wrestling and responded to the story, however was on the lookout for a British author, came to me. And I sat down, in reality, considering, ‘I’m not gonna be interested in this story.’
Regardless of his hesitation, the story of Paige and her household was too great to ignore as Merchant was absolutely on board to put in writing and helm what would turn out to be the large display version of the “Fighting With My Family” documentary.
“I was just so engaged by this family. This family dream of getting their kids in to WWE. And it seemed to me that it was not a story about wrestling. It was a story about family, about a dream, about leaving home, about siblings, about ambition, about being lonely, about feeling like an outsider. It just had all these other big themes that seemed engaged and interesting to me aside from wrestling,” Merchant talked about to EURweb.
Though the “Fighting With My Family” film is a comedy, Paige’s inner wrestle in coming in to her own in WWE and conflict with Zak, who was finally rejected by WWE displayed parts of drama that helped shaped the movie. Regardless of the heaviness, a comedy was what Merchant, who is greatest generally known as a co-writer and co-director of the British model of “The Office,” opted to make slightly than a drama.
“Well, I come from a comedy background and comedy is always important to me. And I spent time with the real family and there’s a lot of humor in what they do and the way they talk to each other and the way they look and the way that they are unashamed about who they are. And sometimes when that meets regular society, it’s quite a conflict, quite a contrast. There seemed to be a lot of humor there, but I never wanted it to be just a pure comedy,” stated Merchant, who has a small position in “Fighting With My Family.” “I always thought there was a lot of drama in this story, a lot of emotion. My dream was that you would start off laughing and by the end, I might be able to get you in tears, tears of joy, tears of emotion because you’ve been on this big journey with them. And for me, that’s what I want from a comedy. I don’t want to just laugh. I want to be taken on a journey. I want to be moved emotionally. And that was the ambition.”
As individuals absorb “Preventing With My Family at the theater, Headey believes the function will strike a nerve with wrestling and non-wrestling fans who need to see an awesome story.
“I think you don’t have to be a fan of wrestling. It’s an inspiring, uplifting, truthful story, the “Game of Thrones” star advised EURweb. “It doesn’t kinda go all shiny shiny. It talks about this young woman’s sort of ascendance and then consequently, her doubt and her questioning of how and should she stay and is this really what she wants. Ultimately, it’s like perseverance and resilience and embracing who you are and rising above the voices that fill you with all that doubt. And also, you know, the family element of this kind of real rich character, characterful family.”
“I hope its a story for everybody,” Merchant added. “I hope it will be inspiring and inspirational for young women in particular. I love the fact as Paige herself says, it’s a movie for anyone who feels like or has ever felt like an outsider or a freak or an oddball. But in the end, it’s also for people who’ve ever had a sister or a brother, anyone who’s ever had a dream, anyone who’s ever had to leave home, be lonely, be away, pursue this thing. Get knocked back, pick yourself up, keep moving forward. I think there’s all that stuff in there and so I’m hoping that’s mostly everybody.”
Wanting again over her wrestling career, Paige cites her reigns as WWE Divas Champion and the first NXT Womens Champion as highlights in addition to working with fellow Divas AJ Lee and The Bella Twins, moments that molded her into the wrestler followers beloved earlier than retiring final yr after suffering a neck damage during a six-woman tag group match.
“I really loved working with AJ Lee my first year I was up on the main roster. I won two different Divas championships, which is a big thing for me because that was the first year i was up, that’s where I wanted to be. So just having that was wonderful. And then being in NXT and working with Cecille and Emma and becoming the fist NXT Women’s champion, which was sort of a big deal, too. So those kind of storylines really helped me,” Paige stated. “And then, there was another storyline that I did with the Bellas. and that’s when they would bully me for because I was different. and then I got to do a promo, which they included in the movie. it was like, ‘I’d rather be the freak, the geek, the oddball, the misfit. And I always want to be someone that isn’t afraid to be themselves. That was the promo that I had. And i just felt that so much and it just felt so real because it was. And so I loved that storyline. it helped inspire a lot of women.”
“Fighting With My Family” is now enjoying in select theaters. It opens broad on February 22. Click HERE for more information. Also take a look at EURweb’s video interviews with Paige, Pugh and Heady, Frost and Lowden & Merchant at the prime/beginning of this story.
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