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Aaron and I have both watched ‘Trojan War’ repeatedly before tonight; there was a ‘USC premiere’ and a ‘Hollywood premiere’ last week, so we both felt good about how the ‘core demographic’ would react.  But still…

This week, and today especially, the sheer number of you who reposted, retweeted, and otherwise spread the word about the film coming on has been completely humbling.  I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’m not even going to try to name names because there were so many it would be a guarantee I would forget someone.

Homies from high school, family of course. Old teachers who pushed me in the right direction. The boys from the college days that swiftly passed.  Acting friends and industry friends, both still trying to break in, and well established.  My people from every day job I’ve ever held down while I pursue my dreams. You know, but you don’t completely realize how many people are cheering for you until something like this goes down, and everyone tells you in their own way how proud they are of you.

I know what I just said about naming names, but I should thank the people whose names and faces you heard and saw who made ‘Trojan War’ what it is: everybody at ESPN for letting us be a part of this, Keyshawn Johnson, Shelley Smith, Dylann Tharp, Joe Perracchio, Mario Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Matt Leinart, Lendale White, Pete Carroll.  To name a few.

As far as you go Aaron…I’ll let Coach Vermeil take it from here…

Today was a good day.



To the current generation of wrestling fans, he’s the ‘advocate’ for the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar.  To my generation, he’s the mind behind Extreme Championship Wrestling.  And those who came along before me probably got their first taste of him as Paul E. Dangerously, the loudmouth manager whose first great rivalry was with Jim Cornette.  WWE’s newest documentary, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman’ looks at (by any account) one of the best wrestling careers of the past 30 years.

Told mostly in his own words, Heyman’s real life story is incredibly interesting.  The son of a Holocaust survivor and a New York lawyer, Heyman like most of us caught the wrestling bug early through that glorious thing we call television.  A hustler from nearly the beginning, he started a fan zine in his teenage years and was snapping pictures at events in Madison Square Garden before he was old enough to drink.  With equal parts undeniable ambition and knowing what lie to tell when, the doc does a great job of charting Paul E’s rise through the ranks.  Interviews with everyone from Dusty Rhodes and Tommy Dreamer to Jim Ross and Brock Lesnar fill in the story of what we know and saw onscreen to stories that have been mostly kept out of the spotlight.

And of course, what’s most interesting in this case, is another really interesting professional chapter is being written as we speak.  I’m still partial to Bobby ‘the Brain’ Heenan as the greatest pro wrestling manager of all time, but when Heyman is completely finished…who knows?

Available to rent on iTunes (how I watched it) for those who don’t want to buy the discs.

The Art of the Heel Turn


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So let’s mix my circles a little today…

Here’s a big part of my continued appreciation of wrestling.  It’s what made C.M. Punk, Ric Flair, and the man above Shawn Michaels all names you have to consider as the all time best: the ability to be convincing as either a complete self centered jackass (heel) or as the good guy who will win ‘the right way’ and overcome all the odds put in front of him.  If that sounds like a description of being a ‘character actor’, that’s exactly what it is.  Physical character acting, but still.

Just like with ‘real’ actors, most professionals can nail one extreme or the other pretty good.  But only the really good ones can play either role, depending on the story they’re telling.  And, as today’s clip demonstrates, the really, really good ones can play both roles in the scale of three minutes.

While we’re here, let me also pay respect to the man who ‘put more people over’ than anybody in the business: good old J.R.  YouTube has illustrated this now every time there’s a great knockout or dunk, but nobody sold the emotion of the story like Mr. Ross.