Stephen Merchant’s Wrestling Persona Is Clever, Not Intimidating


>>James: NOW STEPHEN WE HAVE
TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR
BRILLIANT NEW MOVING, FIGHTING
WITH MY FAMILY, YOU WROTE THE
FILM.
YOU COPRODUCED THE MOVIE WITH
DWAYNE THE ROCK JOHNSON.
>>THAT’S RIGHT.
>>James: THE FILM IS
COMPLETELY BRILLIANT, THE
REVIEWS ARE THROUGH THE ROOF,
EVERYBODY SHOULD SEE THIS FILM.
TELL US WHAT IT IS ABOUT AND HOW
YOU GOT INVOLVED.
>>WELL, SO IT BEGAN AS A
DOCUMENTARY THAT I DIDN’T SEE
ACTUALLY ON BRITISH TV AND IT
WAS SEEN BY DWAYNE THE ROCK
JOHNSON AND HAVE I KNOWN DWAYNE
SINCE WE DID A FILL NUMBER 2007
TOGETHER CALLED TOOTH FAIREY,
PAUSE FOR APPLAUSE.
SO I KNEW THE ROCK WHEN HE WAS
STILL IN SHAPE.
(LAUGHTER)
AND WE STAY IN TOUCH OVER THE
YEARS, SO HE WAS IN ENGLAND
FILMING A FAST AND FURIOUS FIM
AND HE WAS IN HIS HOTEL ROOM
WHICH I ASSUME WAS THE
PRESIDENTIAL SUITE OF THE BEST
WESTERN.
>>James: SURE.
>>BECAUSE HE HAS THE MONEY NOW
AND HE IS WEARING THE LITTLE
FREE ROBE, BAIFERLY COVERS HIS
DWAYNE JN SON, I DON’T KNOW IF
THAT IS WHAT HE CALLS IT, HE
MIGHT CALL IT THE ROCK.
BUT ANYWAY WATCHING THIS
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THIS FAMILY OF
BRITISH WRESTLERS FROM ENGLAND
AND HE COMES FROM A WRESTLING
FAMILY.
AND THEY ALL WRESTLE, MUM, DAD,
ALL THE KIDS.
AND THE FAMILY DREAM IS TO GET
THE KIDS INTO THE BBE I
DID– W-WE BUT ONLY THE DAUGHTER
PAGE GOT SIGNEDnd WENT OFF
TO FLORIDA TO TRAIN, TO TRY AND
MAKE THIS FAMILY’S DREAM COME
TRUE.
TAND IS JUST THIS REALLY
HEARTWARMING, FUNNY KIND OF
ROCKY STYLE UNDERDOG STORY, THIS
GIRL WHO HAPPENS TO BE A
WRESTLER BUT REALLY A STORY
ABOUT FAMILY AND ANYWAY I
PREERNT YOU SAYING THAT.
>>THAT IS REALLY COOL.
>>HE IS IN IT, YOU POP UP IN IN
IT, AS ALWAYS JUST TERRIFIC, ALL
SUCCESSFUL WRESTLERS HAVE BIG
DISTINCT PERSONALITIES, DO YOU
KNOW WHAT I MEAN, THE LIKE THE
ROCK AND JOHN CENA, WHAT WAS
YOUR SORT OF WRESTLING PERSONA
SHALL IF YOU WERE A
PROFESSIONAL.
>>I WAS DOING RESEARCH ON THE
PROJECT BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT T AND DWAYNE TOLD
ME, I KOL HIM DWAYNE W.
>>YOU TAKE A PART OF YOURSELF
AND DIAL IT UP TO 100 FOR
WRESTLING, SO WHAT AM I, I’M’S
BRITISH WRITER AND SO I WOULD
COME OUT DRESSED AS SHAKESPEARE.
>>NICE.
>>WITH A WHITE RUFFLE SHIRT.
>>APPROXIMATE POWERFUL.
>>I HAVE THE QUIL, THE
PARCHMENT, I WOULD SAY THINGS
LIKE TO BE Q ARE NOT TO BQ.
>>YOU THOUGHT ABOUT IN.
>>I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS, AND
THEN I WOULD USE A PLAY ON THE
PLAY, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE,
WOULD BE CALLED THE PERCH ANT OF
MENACE.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FINISHING
MOVE AND MY FINISHING MOVE, GET
READY FOR THIS.
I WOULD PULL OUT A SKULL AND THE
FANS WOULD BE LIKE IT’S NOT
YOURS AND I WILL BE LIKE LAST, I
WILL LAST POOR YARRIC, THAT IS
THE LAST GUY I WRESTLED.
AND MY FINISHING MOOF INSTEAD OF
HAM BET– HAMLET, SLAMLET.
>>O MY GOD.
>>THIS HAS TO HAPPEN.

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