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Casting The Roddy Piper Film

Sam Rockwell As Rowdy Roddy Piper? Alison Brie As Cyndi Lauper?

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While mainstream audiences seem to be turning away from professional wrestling at an alarming rate, the wider world has seemingly never been more interested in the dark stories that accentuate the industry's history. Dark Side of the Ring has shown that, and an increasingly large list of biopics seems to be on the horizon. According to director Kyle Newacheck, a Roddy Piper film is almost certainly around the corner.

One of pro wrestling's greatest characters, 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper left a trail of bloody noses and shocked audiences behind him, whether as a detested heel in the '80s or as a beloved badass babyface a decade later. Piper died in 2015 but he will never be forgotten.

Casting a Roddy Piper film is no easy task, such is the tremendous range of personalities that made their mark on his life. Wrestling history is littered with characters that were so successful because of how unique they were (and are), so finding the right people for those roles is no easy task.

Still, good to give it a go, if only for the charm in trying to find someone to accurately portray Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine. Such opportunities don't come around every single day.

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Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can get that and others from www.poshlostbooks.com.