23 thoughts on “Oldman vs. Basketball Players

  1. Kakihara on said:

    OT, but I remember an HE’er asking when No Holds Barred was gonna be on DVD. Well, thanks to a tip from @Darylsurat, that question is answered. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hlwQ_WshIU

  2. However funny this is almost immaterial. I just like it when serious actors have a laugh with the late night guys.

  3. @DZ

    Thank you. I had given up all hope of that movie seeing the light of day again in the digital age. Only disappointment I want to purchase it on Blu-ray. If Short Circuit 2 can be made available, there’s no reason No Holds Barred shouldn’t, saw it twice theatrically, not by my own will the second time around.

  4. Banner day in the Massey household! Please spare me your raging jealousy, but my 12-year-old self made his feature debut in “No Holds Barred,” as one of the kids standing around when Rip first meets Zeus. No autographs, please.

    I hope “digitally remastered” doesn’t mean they cut the shot where I look directly at the camera.

  5. No, but I did meet her (shockingly, she didn’t have her own trailer like Hogan) – and then was BLOWN AWAY be seeing her breasts a few months later in See No Evil, Hear No Evil. As a preteen, that was a very formative experience. “I was so close to them!”

  6. Josh do you any other credits?

    I have one (an actual IMDB page) for a bootleg, straight to the garbage bid, hood movie, where my scenes were shot in my aunt’s kitchen.

  7. Getting back to the point here, it might be interesting to have folks write in with names of athletes turned actors who could actually act. I’ll start with Bernie Casey and Alex Karras.

  8. Sticking with PURE, undeniable *professional* athletes- no Rock, Arnold, etc.- and grading on a curve to define “acting”- I always found the following to be perfectly serviceable/enjoyable (yes, I had to look up who played professional sports for a few of these):

    - O.J.
    - Jim Brown
    - Carl Weathers
    - Woody Strode
    - L.T. (ANY GIVEN SUNDAY BABY)
    - Fred Dryer (HUNTER POWER)
    - Bob Uecker
    - Merlin Olsen
    - Chuck Connors

  9. Ray, I think you could throw Dwayne the Rock Johnson in there. He played for the Miami Hurricanes and the Calgary Stampeders before going into wrestling.

    It might be cheating (a little), but Kurt Russell played minor league baseball between his Disney child star youth and return to full-time acting in the late 70s.

    I think you’ll also be able to add Peyton Manning eventually. He is genuinely funny on SNL.

    Jeff’s probably crushed that you didn’t mention Gina Carano.

  10. This isn’t really the time or the place, but the implication that Pro-Wrestlers are not athletes is just ignorant. Most of them still can’t act for shit, no.

    And yeah Peyton is the next Terry Bradshaw, which is why it’s insane he’s literally putting his neck on the line for a few more seasons.

  11. No matter who you name – could they play Stratford on Avon?

    On…off…on.. that’s called acting and Gary Oldman is a craftsman with a sense of humor.

  12. taikwon, you do not have to play Stratford on Avon, or do Shakespeare, to be considered an actor. Some of these athletes are perfectly fine film and TV actors.

  13. “This isn’t really the time or the place, but the implication that Pro-Wrestlers are not athletes is just ignorant. ”

    No, it’s accurate. Pro-wrestlers are ATHLETIC, not athletes- there’s no competition in pro-wrestling. If anything they’re closer to being actors than being athletes.

    If get to include wrestlers then the Rock is far and away at the top, followed by Roddy Piper, Jesse Ventura and Andre the Giant.

    Hulk Hogan does not make this list.

  14. @cyanic: No official credits, but you can spot an older version of me in a few Remember the Titans scenes. I share a couple shots with Mr. Gosling, and honestly, I totally look better.

    Nothing tops LexG’s Kingpin cameo, though.

  15. Lex is in Kingpin?! I’m totally going to DVR that next time it’s on just to look for that.

    I feel the same way about The Chocolate War that Josh feels about No Holds Barred.

    Bo Jackson was good in The Chamber.

    Not on this list: anyone who was in Space Jam.

    I never saw it; how was Ray Allen in He Got Game?

  16. At the top of the list is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Hall of Fame basketball player. Hilarious in Airplane! Kung-fu fighting against Bruce Lee. Nobody else comes close.

  17. ^ Ray Allen’s actually quite good in HGG — somewhat underrated Spike Lee joint in my estimation (although — surprise, surprise — all the non-basketball scenes in the movie involving Milla as a hooker fall flat on their face).

    I may very well be nuts for suggesting this, but I thought Rodman had a fairly interesting screen presence (and, coupled with JCVD and Rourke, Double Team is a legitimately batshit crazy action flick).

    Also, lest we all forget: Fred “The Hammer” Williamson!

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