Chris Hemsworth Is Getting More Jacked Than Ever To Play Hulk Hogan In A Netflix Biopic
Hulk Hogan's famous power ballad of an entrance song proclaims loud and proud that 'I Am A Real American', however by all accounts, the first person to play the WWE legend in a biopic about his life will be, in fact, Australian.
According to new reports, a new biopic based around the life and times of Hulk Hogan — who along with The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin was probably the most culturally influential wrestler of all time — has signed up none other the Australia's own answer to the Hulkster, Chris Hemsworth, to play the esteemed role.
It's safe to say that Hulk Hogan's life and career is too vast to cover in a single film, and despite the caricature that most think of when they imagine Hulk Hogan today, his early character was actually something more of a laid-back California Surfer Dude, which would make Hemsworth pretty suitable for the role, which is reportedly more of an origin story focussing on how he became wrestling's first true megastar.
This makes sense, given the fact that Hogan himself is serving as both a producer and a consultant on the project.
Real name Terry Bollea, Hulk Hogan was no stranger to controversy as his career begun to wind down throughout the late '90s and early 2000s, producing some moments involving other wrestlers that we're sure Hogan would have rather forgotten.
A racism scandal in 2015 rocked his reputation even further, to the point where even the WWE removed him from their Hall of Fame for more than 3 years. He still hasn't appeared on any WWE programming since, despite repeated pleas from Hogan himself for them to bring him back.
Even so, it's hard to understate the impact that Hulk Hogan had in bringing wrestling — which was seen as something of a circus act before Vince McMahon and the WWE took over — into the fold as an entertainment juggernaut.
His character, through legendary in-ring feuds with the likes of Mr. T and Andre The Giant, became one of the pop culture icons of the '80s, to the point where he even appeared in Rocky III.
Over 20 years later, Barack Obama even arrived at the White House Correspondents dinner to his theme song, taking a jab at Donald Trump in the process.
In case you were wondering why Hemsworth keeps himself in such ridiculous shape between roles, well, now you know. And Hemsworth has now detailed the 'insanely physical' preparation he's going through to put on size for the role. Speaking to Total Film, Hemsworth said: "I will have to put on more size than I ever have before, even more than I put on for Thor."
"This movie is going to be a really fun project," he continued. "I will also have to do a deep dive into the rabbit hole of the wrestling world, which I’m really looking forward to doing."
Bradley Cooper will reportedly be serving as a producer on the project, while War Dogs and The Hangover trilogy helmsman Todd Phillips, who was responsible for one of last year's most-talked about movies in Joaquin Phoenix's Joker adaptation, will direct.