Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has accomplished a lot of things in his illustrious pro wrestling career. Flair is still a highly controversial individual due to numerous reasons. The pro wrestling legend also turned down a ‘James Bond-type’ movie role offer back in 1980s.
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair recently had a conversation with WrestleZone in which he covered a wide range of topics. Flair was questioned if he ever lost out on any significant side possibilities while being a professional wrestler. Flair recounted a period in the 1980s when he was given a “James Bond-type” part from Orion Pictures,
If Ric Flair had taken the role in the film, his professional wrestling career in the 1980s would have taken a totally different turn. Ric Flair also revealed that just making a mere commercial needs an investment of 10 hours from his schedule and it would have been very difficult for him to commit to an entire movie. He isn’t the type of guy who can bear with the ‘6am take retake, retake, retake.’
For me personally, you remember Orion Pictures? Years ago, right, so the guy from Orion came to see me. We just started wrestling in LA in the 80s with the WCW NWA Crockett right, and they had a role for me in a movie like a James Bond type role. Which in my mind, back then, I was living like that anyway. [laughs] And the owner [would’ve] paid me $500,000, and you know that would have had to lose the world title and go away [to film].
And then — I realized after just making a commercial yesterday that took almost 10 hours to shoot just a commercial. I think I always thought that I missed that stuff that The Rock and Cena had, but I couldn’t live that life that 6 am take retake, retake, retake. I tell the guys I’m ‘One Take Naitch.’ Unless you’re Vince McMahon, then I’ll take as many takes as you want me to take, but no, I missed a big deal. But now I know that I’m not cut out to go to bed at 12 o’clock at night and get up at six and spend an hour in a make-up chair. So I didn’t miss out on anything, no, but I did have an opportunity.
Ric Flair also highlighted the fact that the movie role could have been a significant turn of events in his career, just like the career in pro wrestling heavyweights like John Cena and The Rock. Although Flair didn’t get the chance to play the secret agent character on film, he does so in his latest comic book, where he plays a worldwide superspy from the 1980s.
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