Word is, Bradley Cooper is about to take the lead role in the Vince McMahon biopic film Pandemonium, and he's a much better pick than these stars. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, two guys who directed Crazy, Stupid, Love, will direct (same guys who direct the hit television series This Is Us) and TriStar pictures will be releasing the film.
The movie will cover McMahon's early years in the wrestling business, his relationship with his father, starting the WWF and the very first WrestleMania plus much more. With so many big names possibly written into the script, it's hard to know who is going to play characters like Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant and perhaps the character that has the most personality is McMahon's, for which Cooper is going to have his hands full.
Bradley Cooper may not have been the first choice, and he'll need to start working out, but he's a good option and a reputable Hollywood A-lister. He's much better choice that some of the other options that might have taken the part.
The following list is all in good fun, but below are five people who absolutely shouldn't get the role of Vince McMahon.
5. Dwayne Johnson
The Rock, Dwayne Johnson is appearing in just about everything. He's Hollywood's busiest actor and he's a big man, just like McMahon is. The problem is, he's too recognizable as a wrestler, thus he wouldn't be believable as the man to play the boss who ran the talent. There would be far too many connections to The Rock to have The Rock play anyone but himself.
He would be a huge get for a cameo role as the "People's Champion", but as for playing Vince, WWE should steer as far clear from that as possible. For the same reason, John Cena shouldn't get the role even though he's starting to show up a lot more in hit movies.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger definitely has the size and presence to play Vince. There's a wrestling connection and friendship between the two people. Arnie might even have interest in the role since he's more open to different projects now that he's not the A-lister he once was.
But, he's perhaps too recognizable a face for bodybuilding and the accent would be distracting to the story. What's going to happen when Vince goes to the territories and says he wants to buy them, only for names like Verne Gagne to shoot him down. Will Vince, played by Arnold, threated "I'll be back,"? It just doesn't work.
3. Robert Downey Jr.
You might think because he's a tremendous actor, Robert Downey Jr. is so good at playing the in-your-face and crass billionaire Tony Stark, he'd be good at playing a similar type character. The problem is, Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark and Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr. that works against him. It would difficult not to see him as Iron Man.
For financial reasons too, Downey Jr. commands huge money since he's got a super cushy gig with Marvel. He's not likely in their budget.
2. Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks has won all sorts of awards and he's taken on a lot of roles in biopic type films. He might be high on the list of actors who would do a commendable job. The problem is, Hanks is way too nice a guy. It's hard to look at him as anything other than a softy and Vince McMahon is a real horse's @$$. Hanks could do it, but it probably would be too hard to get past his friendly personality to believe he could do some of the shady things McMahon has done in his life.
We like Tom Hanks a lot. Just not for the role of Vince McMahon.
1. Vince McMahon
It might seem natural to ask Vince McMahon to play himself. After all, who knows what really happened better than Mr. McMahon? While being a cast member of the WWE is not acting in the traditional sense of the word, McMahon is also uniquely talented at telling stories. But, he's also way over the top in most of his performances.
To have Vince McMahon play himself would be like asking Jay Cutler to run a receiver route for the Miami Dolphins. Vince wants to run the show of anything he's in. You'd never get him to do or act out something he doesn't want to. He's also in his seventies and that would be tough to pull off when McMahon needs to be seen on screen in his younger years.