“The office was up Eric [Bischoff]’s a--,” said Nash. “There were always mutinies and people saying they weren’t going to do what he asked. Bischoff figured, ‘I don’t think a lot of people are going to say no to Nash.’ When I took the book, one of the first things I did was put Rey Mysterio over in the middle of the ring in Sacramento. In other words, ‘Size and all this bulls--- is done, so let’s go.’”
“And then people complained there were gaps in the storyline–well, you think?”
“I’ve had a career in wrestling, and this is the next area where I’m determined to be successful,” said Nash. “You have to be realistic and know that you’re just going to be a character actor. You’re not going to be a lead, you’re not going to be doing romantic comedies, but there is plenty of work out there.”
Nash enjoyed his role in the Magic Mike films, and was proud of his turn in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick, as the seven-footer plays a Russian bouncer in his one gripping scene.
“The hardest thing was they wanted me to speak pure Russian and not just use an accent,” explained Nash. “I got in that day, went to wardrobe, and we’re shooting that night. They brought in a woman who was an interpreter. I asked her to phonetically write out the Russian words, but she phonetically wrote it in Russian. That didn’t do much for me.”
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