WWE Superstar The Miz hit Kuala Lumpur recently to promote the upcoming WWE Live Tour scheduled to be held from 10-11 October 2014. The three-day tour saw the pro-wrestler participate in a number of media appearances, interviews and meet and greets. “Yeah, I flew out after RAW and 20 hours later I’m here,” jokes the former WWE World Champion.
Despite the packed scheduled, The Miz took it all in his stride during his recent visit, even staying somewhat in character when filming vignettes and media interviews. “This is what I do, everything, it’s all the same to me,” he tells us with confidence. “You put me in front of the camera and whether it’s acting, hosting or commentary, wrestling another WWE Superstar in the ring or voicing animation, you name it, I’ll just do it and I’ll be good at it.”
But The Miz is evidently good at what he does, to put it bluntly, pretty ‘awesome’ in fact as far as WWE Superstars go. The former reality star turned pro-wrestler is a former World Heavyweight Champion who has headlined WrestleMania and he’s also notched up an impressive list of titles in the WWE. In Malaysia in October, he could add another feather in his cap as he’s due to face United States Champion Sheamus in a title match in WWE Live in Kuala Lumpur.
Lately though besides wrestling, The Miz has also pulled double duty by acting in a number of direct to video films for WWE Studios as well. “I’ve just completed Marine 4: Moving Target, which will be out later this year and I’ve also starred in Christmas Bounty and Marine 3: Homefront which are out now,” he reveals.
Incidentally, The Miz is also the first WWE Superstar to reprise his role in the Marine franchise. “Yeah, it’s kind of like James Bond you know, they go through a couple and they get the best,” he tells us with a smirk. When asked of his intentions of making more films, The Miz reveals he is open to a possible burgeoning film career. “Absolutely, I see the The Marine going on past 5, 16, 17 all the way to Marine 107. That’s what I feel you know, I am a franchise player.”
Clearly comfortable in the spotlight, The Miz attributes his seamless move to movies as a result of being a WWE Superstar. “The WWE is a theatre, and it’s one take whereas the movies you could have multiple takes,” he explains. “And because of that, the WWE has adapted me well in making the transition to film, especially when it comes to the physical scenes.”
The Miz reveals that the production crew on The Marine were generally quite surprised on how fast he picked up the fight scenes and sequences that were being filmed. “Obviously, they don’t watch the WWE,” he laughs. But being able to add that physical element to his skillset was clearly beneficial taking to account the relative short production time he faced. “We had less than a month to shoot The Marine 4, so me adapting to the action scenes did help a little with the production.”
Catch The Miz and other WWE Superstars at WWE Live in Kuala Lumpur this 10-11 October. The Marine 4: Homefront will be released later this year.