Monday, May 31, 2010

The Stranger Out Today!!!

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TV Update: Austin on WWE Classics

Source: WWE Classics

Monday Night War: The Beginning. On WCW Nitro, Sting and Lex Luger battle "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and the Giant. WWE Raw features Savio Vega vs Goldust for the Intercontinental Title. "Ringmaster" Steve Austin vs Bart Gunn. Much more.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Audio: EXCLUSIVE! Interview with Steve Austin


Friday, May 28, 2010

From Stone Cold to "The Stranger"

By: John Latchem

Hoping to leave his “Stone Cold” nickname behind, Steve Austin has set off on the difficult transition from professional wrestling to movies. Anchor Bay Entertainment releases his latest thriller, The Stranger, June 1 on DVD ($26.97) and Blu-ray Disc ($34.98).

“My guys brought me the script, and I enjoyed reading it,” Austin said. “I thought it was a challenging role for me, especially trying to transition into acting. It wasn’t pushing my physicality, but my acting chops.”

In The Stranger, Austin plays a man trying to discover his past. Drifting through the streets with no memories, his mind periodically reprograms itself with a new personality, leading the stranger into dangerous situations where he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. On his tail are an FBI agent (Adam Beach), who may be tied to the man’s former life, and a psychologist (Erica Cerra), who is trying to help him recover his memories.

“Someone asked me what it’s about, and I told them it’s a working man’s Bourne Identity,” Austin said.

With each clue, the stranger learns more about his true identity, keeping the audience guessing until the very end.

“You gotta stay on your toes,” Austin said. “It was an interesting experience to film a new personality every scene.”

Austin said director Robert Lieberman helped him keep track of the various personality changes required of the character. Austin’s favorite moments, he said, involved filming flashback scenes showing his character with his family.

“I enjoyed doing the scenes with the wife and daughter,” Austin said. “I liked that it showed a different side of me from the Stone Cold killer of my wrestling days — a much softer side.”

For WWE Hall of Famer Austin, acting in movies is a far cry from performing in the squared circle.

“Wrestling is like a violent form of Broadway,” Austin said. “You’re using the crowd to help you make your decisions. You play to what they want to see, and it’s a lot of ad libbing, which was one of my strong points — and it’s live. You shoot a movie out of order, and if something doesn’t work you call cut and do it again.”

Austin broke through to the big screen in 2005 with a small role in the Adam Sandler football comedy The Longest Yard, followed by a star turn in WWE Films’ The Condemned in 2007. It would be nearly three years before he got top billing in another movie, playing an underground cage fighter in the direct-to-video thriller Damage, released earlier this year by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

“It took a while to follow up The Condemned, so it’s nice to finally have product of mine out there,” Austin said.

Next up for Austin is a role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, due in theaters in August, followed by a movie called Hunt to Kill, co-starring Eric Roberts.

At this point in his career, Austin said he doesn’t mind being associated with a particular kind of role.

“My physicality kind of points me in the direction of action,” Austin said. “So, I’ll do 20 action movies if I have to. I just want to work, and I want to be a good actor.”

New TV Spot & Poster for The Expendables!

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Additionally, a new TV spot for The Expendables is set to premiere during the broadcast of the UFC Fight in Vegas between Quinton Jackson (B.A. Baracus in The A-Team) and Rashad Evans this weekend. You can now view it below!!!

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The Expendables is out in US & Canadian theaters August 13th!

News: Austin Will Be Guest DJ for 100.3 FM in LA!

Steve Austin will be the guest DJ for "My Turn" for 100.3 The Sound LA from 6-7 PM+PST (9-10 PM+EST).

Twitter Confirmation:
This Sun @ 6pm Steve Austin hosts My Turn! Hear @steveaustinbsr as the guest DJ on The Sound from 6-7pm @100.3 FM &

Austin's "My Turn" Playlist Picks:

♪ Stevie Ray Vaughan - Cold Shot
♪ Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion
♪ David Bowie - Fame
♪ Boston - More Than a Feeling
♪ The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
♪ Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
♪ ZZ Top - La Grange
♪ Los Lonely Boys - Evil Ways
♪ Lynyrd Skynyrd - That Smell
♪ Ted Nugent - Stranglehold
♪ Toto - Hold The Line
♪ Van Halen - Running With The Devil
♪ ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin
♪ Stevie Ray Vaughan - Couldn't Stand the Weather

UGO.COM The Stranger Poster and DVD Giveaway


Are you ready for some Stone Cold prizes?

The good folks at Anchor Bay have given us something truly incredible.

We've got a limited edition theatrical poster for Steve Austin's newest action picture The Stranger autographed by the man himself. It'll be like one of those posters you see in theaters that you can backlight if you are really hardcore.

There are only five of these signed suckers in existence! (Scroll down to see unsigned version.)

We've also got five limited edition DVDs of the film with special 3D covers.

So who do you have to bodyslam to win something? Actually, there's no call for violence.

Here's how it works.

  • The contest will run from 12:01 AM on Saturday EST (that's just after midnight on Friday) through 11:59 on Monday night (that's just before Tuesday.) At some point during this window of time, we'll be giving the prizes away.

  • We'll post a secret message in the kicker of our Top Story on our homepage. The kicker is the punchy text below the headline. Here's a pic:

  • To win, copy the kicker and Tweet it to @ugodotcom.

  • The first to tweet wins the Grand Prize of the poster and the next five people will win the DVDs. All six winners will be contacted via a direct message - so be sure to follow @ugodotcom.


    Keep your eyes on for your chance to win.
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2010 EXCLUSIVE Interview with Steve Austin


    EXCLUSIVE: Steve Austin Tangles with The Stranger on DVD June 1st

    Pro wrestling legend Steve Austin stars as The Stranger. A man with no name, no memory and absolutely nothing left to lose. But when he finds himself hunted by both the FBI and the Russian mob, this amnesiac decides to fight back. Pursuit cannot stop him. Torture will not break him. And with every beating, bullet and betrayal, he'll remember another piece of the horror that took away his career, his family and his identity. Now the puzzle is nearly complete, and one man is about to take back his past...By ending a whole lot of futures. Erica Cerra (Eureka) and Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers) also star in this explosive action-thriller about collateral damage, stone cold vengeance, and a double-crossed killing machine known only as The Stranger.

    Director Robert Lieberman's action thriller comes to DVD on June 1st. In celebrating this upcoming release, we caught up with Steve Austin to get his take on the film. Here is our conversation with the man formerly known as Stone Cold:

    Steve Austin:
    You're out in Nashville. How bad did you guys get hit by the flood?

    We fared pretty well. A lot of friends lost their homes and cars. The Grand Ol' Opry got hit pretty badly. Places like The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum still aren't open for business, which is going to hurt the city in terms of tourism this summer.

    Steve Austin: I'll tell you what. You didn't hear about all of that stuff until a little later. After it happened, out here in Los Angeles. I lived in Nashville for two years. And I never would have pictured in my mind that something like that could happened there.

    We didn't even think it was possible while it was happening. Within just a few hours, the Interstate by our house looked like a raging river. It was a little crazy.

    Steve Austin:
    Oh, man. That is incredible. Are you familiar with Dickerson Pike?

    Yes. Definitely. My office is just down the street, off of Dickerson Pike.

    Steve Austin: Do you ever pass by the Congress Inn?

    Yes, of course. That's not too far from here. About two or three minutes.

    Steve Austin: That's where I used to live. When I left Dallas, Texas, they moved me to Nashville, Tennessee. Because that's where the rest of the wrestling territory was. I lived there at the Congress Inn. The two fellows that were managing it back in the day would let me pay whenever I had some money. I couldn't pay the weekly rent, but I paid them. They fed me. They took care of me. Not to talk about my wrestling career, but to talk about the movie. That's where I lived in Nashville.

    That whole area was under water and inaccessible for almost a week.

    Steve Austin: I'll be. I have fond memories of that hotel. But its not necessarily one of the hotels you're going to want to stay at.

    How long ago was that?

    Steve Austin: Its right when I was breaking in. That would have been between 1990 and 1991 and a half.

    Nearly ten years ago.

    Steve Austin: Yup. It seems like fifty years now, but it really wasn't that long ago.

    And now you're starring in The Stranger. This film's storyline is reminiscent of The Bourne Identity. What steps did you and director Robert Lieberman take to insure that this would be an original, unique, and exciting project that was different from some of the more recent action films we've seen?

    Steve Austin: Man, I wasn't worrying about that. I was just trying to make the movie. I was offered the role, and it seems like the very next day we were shooting it. I was more concerned about trying to learn how to speak a little bit of Russian, a little bit of Spanish. As someone that has never morphed into fugue states as an amnesiac, I had my hands full trying to take on these different personalities. I wasn't worried about emulating or copying another movie. I was too busy concentrating on the task at hand.

    It sounds like quite a lot went into creating this character in a very short amount of time. Did you take a crash course via the Internet in figuring some of these different character elements?

    Steve Austin: You hit it right on the head. This was a crash course in looking up and studying fugue states. As far as the languages were concerned, we didn't know right up until the end. Should this guy speak any Russian? Should he speak Spanish? Should we just leave it alone? The director said, "No. This guy should be bilingual." Without any prep time, you're sitting there for three days straight with a little recorder in your hand, listening to all of the dialogue in Spanish and Russian. You are studying phonetics, studying your ass off. (Laughs) I had to speak a different language in two days. It wasn't like I had the time. If I had six weeks to prepare for it, I would have had those six weeks. As it was, I had three days. I did the best I could do with what I had.

    As an actor, did you know what you were saying when you were saying it? For me, personally, I have a very hard time grasping the intricacies that go along with another language.

    Steve Austin: That was the hardest thing about it. You're just making noises. When we're talking in English, we know what we're saying. Here, I had no knowledge. I was just handed a tape recorder and told to do it. I didn't know what any of the words meant. I had my phonetics page, and that helped out a little bit. But if you don't really know what you are saying, you can't understand the basis for saying it. Trying to make sounds for the sake of making sounds is a difficult task.

    From the actor's point of view, that has to be extremely challenging, because you're not sure what sort of emotion you're supposed to put behind the words. Did you at all consider just doing the dialogue in English?

    Steve Austin: We could have eliminated the foreign languages. This was a great script to read, but it's a story that relies on a lot of flashbacks. It was a very challenging role. That's what appealed to me about the project in general. It was taking me out of my comfort zone. As an action movie, this was one where I couldn't really rely on physicality or fight sequences. I'd be forced to focus on the acting. I needed to focus on the task at hand, especially in coming to understand these fugue states. The loss of memory. And this language barrier. I looked at it as a huge opportunity to push the envelope. I wanted to further myself as an actor, and distance myself from being a wrestler. I am very proud of my background. It put me where I am today. The bottom line is, I wanted to take on this particular challenge. And excel at it.

    How do you personally feel you've come along as an actor? Because a lot of people do, and will continue to, look at you as just a wrestler. But even in that particular arena, you are always acting. You are always playing a character. And it's more intense than a soap opera, or a weekly series. Its not like you're stepping into the world of feature films unprepared for, or fresh to the task at hand.

    Steve Austin: So much of wresting is a violent form of theater. You're on a stage. A twenty-by-twenty ring. There are anywhere between five to twenty-five thousand people all around you on any given night. When we were selling out every night, there were at least eighteen to twenty thousand fans. You have to play everything so big. Even to this day, in some of my fight sequences on film, I have a tendency to oversell it a little bit. Because I am used to playing to the last row in a crowd. Yes. Wrestling is acting and performing. But its so over the top. It's so big. It's a totally different ballgame. When you are in a movie, and you are hitting marks, and you are trying to be a different character in each movie? I got to be Stone Cold for ten years. I got to be very good at being that guy. And I was very affective. Hell, looking down the street today, everyone is still calling me Stone Cold.

    In this film, you are only being billed as Steve Austin. Why is it important for you, at this stage in the game, to remove yourself from the nickname Stone Cold? Even though you know for a fact that years from now, fans are still going to call you that.

    Steve Austin: On a world wide level, everybody...I won't say everybody, because I don't want to blow myself out of proportion...But I had an outrageous following as Stone Cold. When I'm just Steve Austin, there isn't that level of name recognition. But the fact is, I am just Steve Austin. I'm not a guy who is a wrestler, playing a guy who is in this movie. Its like Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder. "I'm a guy, playing a dude, who's playing another dude!" I'm Steve Austin now. I'm not Stone Cold Steve Austin. That was a character on Monday Night RAW. They don't roll credits at the end of Monday Night RAW. Its funny, filming in Brazil a few months ago for The Expendables, walking out of the hotel, half the people there called Sylvester Stallone by the name Rocky, the other half called him Rambo. A few people called him Sly. But that's what they know the guy for. He created these two very iconic characters. I'm always going to be known as Stone Cold. I'm proud of it. But in my movies, I am just Steve Austin.

    One of the coolest things we're seeing right now is an explosion of hardcore action films hitting the market. What do you equate that to? And how excited are you to be at the cusp of this particular genre movement, where the wimpy hero is starting to take a backseat?

    Steve Austin: Do you think that's really the case? Its funny. As you are saying this, we've also seen some great mainstream actors do great roles in big action movies. We have Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man films. Matt Damon in the Bourne movies. They've been able to transition and do great work in action movies. I think its great for me to hear you say there is a big market for that. I know in working with Sylvester Stallone on The Expendables that these are the types of movies I enjoy. They are the types of movies I grew up on. There are some really great action movies. I also liked Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. I like some things that aren't necessarily action. I like the type of movies that Sly was a big part of. That Arnold Schwarzenegger was a part of. That Steven Seagal was a part of. Back in the day. I still enjoy those types of action movies. To continue down that road and be in as many as I can would be great. To be in some comedies, or more humor based films would be great too.

    Your director, Robert Lieberman, also directed the Mighty Ducks 3. Do you see any similarities in that type of kids' film to what you are doing as far as this being an action movie? Especially in terms of how each audience has to be constantly stimulated by what they are seeing on screen? Also, a lot of your contemporaries have gone on to act in quite a few kid-friendly films. Is that something that interests you?

    Steve Austin: I'd be interested in moving towards that. Not just for the sake of doing it. If the part fit. If it was a cool role. And it appealed to me? Yes! But to do it just for the sake of doing it? No. I'd like to keep my mind open to anything. I am trying to break out of this idea. That I am just a guy who wants to do action movies. I'm quite happy doing action movies. But I want to push the envelope. I want to do some comedy, and share some of that humor. That is a big part of my life. It's more important to me than being a tough guy. I made a great living, and was highly affective at beating people up on TV every single week. But that's not what I am. In my day-to-day life, most of what I do is laugh my ass off. My friends and me make fun of each other, and everyone else. Comedy is a bigger part of my life than the tough guy stuff is.

    Did your role in The Expendables allow you to bring that humorous side of yourself to the screen?

    Steve Austin: In The Expendables, I didn't get as much of the funny stuff. I did get a few chances at levity. I don't want to call The Expendables a comedy, because it certainly is not. It's a kick-ass action movie. The guy I play is not a dialogue heavy guy. His name is Dan Pain. He was there for intimidation and violence. Eric Roberts was there as my boss. I didn't do anything funny in the movie because I wasn't supposed to. I remember when I met Sly, and he offered me the job. He told me about the movie. It sounded great to me. There are some very funny lines being delivered in the film, but not by Dan Pain.

    What would a Steve Austin comedy look like in your mind? Do you have a couple of ideas brewing?

    Steve Austin: It would be like 48 Hours. Lethal Weapon. Stuff like that. Or something not quite in the vein of Sacha Baron Cohen, but so off-the-wall you'd be surprised to see me in it. I have the wackiest sense of humor. Some of my favorite stuff is Benny Hill and Monty Python. I loved those guys. They were so far ahead of their time. I grew up being a big fan of those two acts, and everything they did. I have a very wacky sense of humor, and to nail it down for you in this phone conversation, it would be hard for me to do.

    What about SNL? Have you ever been on Saturday Night Live? That's a good jumping off point for a more serious performer who wants to get some recognition for their comedic skills.

    Steve Austin: I've never done that. I would love to do Saturday Night Live. I have watched that show for years and years. It's been a big part of my life.

    You mentioned Eric Roberts as being your main on-screen costar in The Expendables. He's also in another film of yours coming up. Is he a friend of yours? Or was this just a coincidence?

    Steve Austin: I met Eric Roberts on the set of The Expendables. We were eating breakfast one morning, the day before we starting shooting. I went over and introduced myself to him. We hit it off like gangbusters. The guy took me under his wing. We talked all day because most of our scenes were shot together. I was his right hand guy. We laughed our asses off every day. We told dirty jokes. I asked him questions about acting. I just finished a movie in Vancouver called Hunt to Kill. We had a spot in there for him to come in. I asked him if he would. He said absolutely. So he came in and did the movie with me. We continue to talk on the phone to this day. And he has turned into a really good friend. I look up to him as an actor, and he has been really beneficial to me in terms of getting better. I'm learning what to do and what not to do. He's helped me to be better.

    Have you been able to learn a lot from the various different actors you've been able to work with throughout your film career?

    Steve Austin: I learned a little bit from Sly, but that guy was so busy. He wrote, he's directing, he's starring. The guy is doing everything on The Expendables. I watched the way he conducted himself, and how he went about his business. As far as Eric Roberts goes, because we hit it off, and he's such a nice guy, I could ask him a million questions. Its not like you go on every movie and start asking people questions. There are does and don'ts. You find your comfort level. They're not there to school you. And you're not a student of theirs. Sometimes you do cross that line, as we did. Because of our friendship, we were able to do that. Once you get on a movie set, its not like you automatically start trading acting tips. It's a whole different ballgame from my pro-wrestling days.

    The Stranger hits home on DVD June 1st, 2010.

    JR Blog's - 5/26/2010

    Source: JR's Blog

    “Talked to Steve Austin earlier this week and he’s gearing up for the DVD release of ‘The Stranger’ which will be available on June 1. Steve still trains in the gym like a wild man and has immersed himself in learning the movie biz just as he worked so passionately to learn the wrestling biz. Steve is one guy that I can always count on to tell me how he honestly feels about any question that I ask even if his response isn’t necessarily what I might have wanted to hear. Honestly is a good trait to practice, boys and girls.”

    Steve Austin Interview


    Stone Cold" Steve Austin Talks The Stranger, The Expendables and More
    By Heather Wixson

    If you were a fan of the WWE during the “Attitude Era,” there was one man that clearly embodied this new direction in sports entertainment: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Austin, who worked steadily in the wrestling industry from 1991 up through last year, wasn’t satisfied after almost two decades in the business with just electrifying wrestling audiences. He was ready to take his shot in Hollywood.

    “I started off acting while I was still hot in the WWE, doing a run of episodes on "Nash Bridges", and I just had a blast,” explained Austin. “I think that’s right about when I realized I wanted to pursue acting.”

    Since his run on "Nash Bridges" some ten years ago, Austin has steadily worked as an actor in Hollywood outside the ring. His latest project, The Stranger, is set to be released on DVD June 1st courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment and in honor of the occasion, Dread Central had the opportunity to talk with Austin about his transition into acting, The Stranger, and the upcoming balls-out action flick The Expendables.

    In The Stranger, Austin plays a man plagued by amnesia who finds himself as the subject of a manhunt by not only the FBI, but the Russian mob too who takes matters into own hands to solve the mysteries of his past and putting them to rest.

    As a veteran of action films, I asked Austin to discuss what made The Stranger a standout project from other action films he had made in the past.

    Austin said, “The Stranger was a really cool script to read and a little different than what I usually get asked to do. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, Russian and even allowed me to get a little emotional during flashback scenes between me and my wife. It was a lot more than just a straight-up action flick and I feel like it was a great way to further transition myself into being an actor.”

    “I always felt like I was doing homework for this role. From the time I got offered the part to when we started shooting was really fast, so I had to do a lot of preparation in just a short amount of time. I really liked what we got to do with The Stranger,” Austin added.

    As the summer movie season is now in full swing, I asked the actor about his experiences working on what is one of my highly anticipated films in the next few months - The Expendables. Starring a who’s who of the action genre, for Austin, The Expendables was a dream job.

    “I seriously love doing action movies,” explained Austin. “I always have a killer time on set and it’s funny to me that other people call it work. But being asked to be part of The Expendables was a feeling you could hardly describe. I just remember sitting in Sly’s office and he’s talking to me about the movie and I just sat there thinking that he could have asked me to do anything in the film and I would have been ecstatic to just be asked.”

    “The kind of action in The Expendables isn’t like anything you’ve seen in a while and I think it’s going to end up being a movie that comes out of nowhere and kills at the box office. Fans are going to love it, everything I’ve seen so far is beyond badass. Fans have no idea what’s in store for them,” Austin added.

    Now that Austin is gaining momentum in his acting career, I asked the 2009 WWE Hall of Famer if he ever considered returning to the squared circle.

    “There comes a certain point in every wrestler’s career where they realize they need to get their ass out of the ring,” explained Austin. “Professional wrestling will always be my first love and I will always be grateful for all of my fans and what I was able to accomplish in the ring. But now, acting is what I am focused on now.”

    “I realize that I’m back to being the ‘green’ guy again but you just have to keep working at getting better, and I think that’s what I’m doing. I am learning something new every day about working in Hollywood and it’s a whole new game compared to what I was used to with the WWE,” Austin added.

    So, what’s next for Austin then? The actor couldn’t talk specifics but he’s got quite a few projects that he’s looking at currently and is toying with a return to television.

    Austin said, “Right now, I’m looking at a few different movie deals that I can’t quite talk about yet and there’s also some talk of doing TV work as well, so you never know where you’ll see me next. But don’t worry, you’ll see me soon.”

    To which this writer says, “Hell Yeah!”

    Monday, May 24, 2010

    The Stranger BluRay DVD Giveaway is giving away "The Stranger" on DVD!

    We are excited to offer ONE WINNER a copy of The Stranger Blu-ray in conjunction with its June 1st Blu-ray release. Entry in our giveaway is free and simple. Entry is open to anyone in the US and Canada (18 and Older – Rated R) for this promotion. One random winner will be drawn using on June 1st, at or near 5PM CST. Please include your email in your entry or other easily accessible contact point so we can contact you if you win!

    Click here to enter into the drawing!

    BTW - Austin was NOT on the "Celebrity Apprentice". That was GOLDBERG!

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Videos: Steve Austin Guest Hosting "RAW" Re-Cap

    Stone Cold was guest host for RAW on 3/15/2010. In case you missed it, here's what happened...

    Stone Cold Guest Hosting RAW Promos

    RAW Opening Segment + Meets John Cena & Big Show

    Backstage with HBK & Chris Jericho

    Bret Hart/McMahon WM26 Contract Signing EXCLUSIVE! Austin on Guest Hosting RAW

    "Damage" Promotion During RAW

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    "The Expendables" Theater Release Dates

    North America
    USA - August 13, 2010
    Canada - August 13, 2010

    Finland - August 13, 2010
    France - August 18, 2010
    Denmark - August 19, 2010
    Hungary - August 19, 2010
    UK - August 20, 2010
    Spain - August 23, 2010
    Iceland - August 27, 2010
    Norway - August 27, 2010
    Poland - August 27, 2010
    Germany - September 2, 2010

    Australia - August 12, 2010

    Singapore - August 13, 2010
    Taiwan - August 20, 2010
    Japan - October 16, 2010

    South America
    Argentina - August 26, 2010

    Old News: Hogan's Response to Austin's Twitter Comments + The Expendables Links


    About a month ago, in response to Austin's Twitter comments, Hogan was on the Howard Stern Show, and this is what happened:

    Hogan was asked about Steve Austin knocking him on Twitter for being a "channel-changer" on Impact. Hogan said he hadn't heard about it, but wants to get Austin to TNA. He said he would get back in the ring to face Austin or if there was another big money match.

    Sure, Hogan. Sure...

    In other news, here are some new links for "The Expendables":


    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    "It's Time" Radio Show Brief Re-Cap & Audio

    Here's brief re-cap of the show:

    • Sushi & Sake! :P
    • Talked about his upcoming promotion for "The Stranger" (which is why he's not eating sushi or drinking sake).
    • Going back to BSR in Texas for a while.
    • "The Expendables" & working with Sly Stallone.
    • Talked about wrestling, wrestlers, how life on the road was difficult, and how technology (i.e. cell phones and laptops) have improved it, and gave a shoutout to all of the current wrestlers.
    • Talked about the Steiner Brothers.
    • Talked about MMA & UFC.
    • Commented on JR if he were to be a commentator for MMA.
    • MMA fighters going from the MMA to pro wrestling.

    That was pretty much it. I was a really good interview.

    You can listen to it here or download it.

    WWE Magazine - Shaving Grace

    A scan from WWE Magazine... "THE SHAVING GRACE" featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vince McMahon, & Randy Orton.

    Thanks to my affiliate,!

    Austin in the BufferZone Today!

    Confirmed by Steve Austin & Bruce Buffer themselves, Austin will be on Buffer's radio show "It's Time" today at 2:00 PM+PST / 5:00 PM+EST.

    Taken from the BufferZone:

    "Stone Cold" Steve Austin Guests on "IT'S TIME!" Radio This Tuesday!!!

    Join us for an exciting hour of lifestyles radio as Bruce Buffer welcomes professional wrestler and motion picture star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Listen in as the "VOTO" discusses MMA, film and behind the scenes professional wrestling with Steve Austin, who is a huge UFC fan and just finished filming "The Expendables" with Sylvestor Stallone, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke.

    All this and much more! Call in's are welcome at 877-967-9244 during the live podcast.

    If you are able to, you can listen live at (you will need FireFox WMP 11 or Real Player to listen)or If not, I shall see if I can get access to the podcast today, or a link to it. :)

    *You will need iTunes to listen to the podcast! If you don't have iTunes, download it here for free.*

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    The Viper Has Rattlesnake-esque Qualities

    In his recent blog, J.R. blogged about Randy Orton by comparing him to Steve Austin...

    Yes... in this era of the business any fan favorite such as Randy Orton who is anti establishment, defiant, unpredictable, etc will likely be compared to Steve Austin because Steve perfected that persona when the TV audiences were at an all time high. Randy is merely being his TV persona but it does have some Austin-esque qualities. Randy just has to continue to put his own, individual touches on his fan favorite persona of which I have very high hopes for as time goes on.

    Monday, May 10, 2010


    Hey guys!

    Not too big of an announcement, but since there really isn't anything going on with Steve (newswise) at the moment, I decided to let you all know about what's going to happen with the website.

    At the moment, I am working on getting a host, and working on a new layout. I will still be here at Blogger for another month or 2, but I will be soon switching to a new host!

    So, hopefully by this fall, things will be up and running as a full website. In the meantime, I will still continue to update here as normally.

    I was just giving you guys a heads up just in case you visit and things aren't working, on hiatus, etc...

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    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    Steve Austin Interview, The Condemned

    Steve Austin Interview, The Condemned
    Original Post Date: 2007
    Posted by: Sheila Roberts

    MoviesOnline caught up with World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Steve Austin at the Los Angeles press day to promote his new film, The Condemned, an adrenalin-charged action thriller directed by Scott Wiper from a script by Wiper and Rob Hedden. The Condemned co-stars Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Rick Hoffman (Hostel), and is produced by Joel Simon and executive produced by Vince McMahon, Michael Lake and Jed Blaugrund.

    In this action-packed thrill ride, Austin plays Jack Conrad, a death-row prisoner in a corrupt Central American prison who is "purchased” by a wealthy television producer to take part in an illegal reality game show. Brought to a desolate island, Conrad finds himself trapped in a fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world. With no possible escape – and millions of viewers watching the uncensored violence online – Conrad must use all his strength to remain the last man standing…and earn his only chance at freedom.

    Both WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and WWE Films producer Joel Simon had long sought to turn Steve Austin into an action film star. One of the best-known and most successful wrestlers of all time, Austin had already proven himself to be a capable actor, having appeared in The Longest Yard opposite Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, and played Detective Jake Cage in the television series "Nash Bridges.” But the producers had yet to find the ideal starring vehicle that would ignite Austin’s career as a bona fide action star. That is, until Austin himself brought them a script called The Condemned.

    "We thought it was the perfect material to make as his first movie,” remembers Simon. "It was a great role for him, and it fit the kind of movies that we want to make at WWE Films, throwbacks in the vein of classics like Dirty Harry, Die Hard and 48 Hours. The Condemned is a character-driven, rollercoaster action film – with incredible action and a great story. It’s very real, and it’s very in your face.”

    "You’ve got ten convicts who have all been condemned to die on death row,” explains Austin. "But then they’ve been bought up by a TV producer and put on this island to fight for their lives. And he’s going to broadcast this over the worldwide web. It’s taking reality television to the extreme, and I think it asks a few hard questions about our fascination with those shows. Of course, it’s also designed to take you out of your world for a couple of hours and give you a real rush!”

    "We’ve become a society of voyeurs,” adds Simon. "The Condemned begs the question of who should now decide what we can or can’t watch. It’s a fascinating story.”

    Both the producers and Austin recognized that The Condemned’s violent story line would require a physically demanding shoot. The story features many large-scale fights and extreme stunts; but for a seasoned WWE wrestler like Austin, that was hardly a concern. ”For me that was part of the attraction,” he says. "And it’s pretty much all filmed outdoors on incredible locations, and coming from a background of hunting and fishing, I thought I would enjoy that. And when I got together with Scott Wiper, I knew that WWE Films had picked the right guy for the job. He’s an excellent writer and a wonderful director, and I knew I’d be in good hands.”

    Steve Austin is a fabulous guy and we really appreciated his time. Here’s what he had to tell us about his new film:

    Q: How did you come to the project?

    Steve Austin: The project came to me actually. I had moved to Los Angeles about three years ago to kind of get into the acting thing, and two years ago the script found me, an agent brought it to me, and wanted me to play the part of McStarley, Vinnie Jones’ character, and they said, ‘We’ll basically put a named actor into the Jack Conrad role.’ And I said, ‘Let me read it,’ and I read it and it sounded good, I took it to Vince, he’d already started the WW films division, I was originally slated to – The Marine was written for me, but when they got ready to shoot I didn’t think I really liked it that much, so I was going to wait. So anyway, when I took this to Vince, Vince said, ‘Okay, we’ll do it. But if I’m getting behind this, and I’m going to put my money out, you’re going to play Jack Conrad.’ That’s how that happened.

    Q: What’s Vince like to work for as a movie producer?

    Steve Austin: You know what, hands on in the initial phases of reading the script many times, when this script came to me, we gave the original writer three different swings at it, and he couldn’t really take it any further, bringing into the picture Scott Wiper, the writer/director, who rewrote it nine times and did a phenomenal job on it, is a wonderful director. So Vince is hands on then, but when it comes time to direct the movie, Scott Wiper was the director, so he trusted him to make all the decisions as far as casting and everything else, and of course, he worked with Joel Simon and Mike Lake out there, but that’s when he stopped being hands on and let Scott Wiper, the director, do his job.

    Q: What were the challenges for you filming on location, we heard from the director you guys were on an island where there were hardly any amenities?

    Steve Austin: The lack of amenities was okay for me, because just from growing up in south Texas and hunting and fishing and camping. I pretty much stayed in my bus most of the time anyway, because I didn’t feel like driving back into town, so to me it was almost like being paid to camp out and make a movie. Tough locations, some treacherous conditions as far as fighting on the side of cliffs, in the river gorges and slippery rocks and stuff like that. But it was all real safe, challenging I think for everybody, but because I enjoy the outdoors so much I loved it.

    Q: What about working with Vinnie – that last fight scene was intense?

    Steve Austin: The fight scene was a great fight scene. I remember we had two days blocked off for that and it took eight days to do, because we were standing there in the riverbed, we had these special boots with moleskin on the bottom of them so we wouldn’t slip around so much, which didn’t really help that much, but we’d fight for ten minutes and the rain would come down, and we’d stand in the river for three hours with umbrellas, and we’d get a break, and so then we’d start fighting again, and with no stretch, and the rain would just stop, so you’d go up completely cold and start fighting again. I really enjoyed that fight scene and it was fun working with Vinnie because the guy’s a riot. He’s a walking wise guy, so we had a lot of fun pulling jokes behind the scenes, but he’s a great guy to work with and I had fun fighting with him. [Laughs] I think he got a couple bumps and bruises and a few knots, that was my fault, but that’s kind of the way The Condemned happened.

    Q: How does the fight choreography in the film differ from stuff that you do on television?

    Steve Austin: It’s a completely different ballgame, and when people say, ‘Because of your background with professional wrestling, you must have been really able to pull off these fight scenes.’ And I say, ‘No, no, you’re completely wrong.’ Because at the top level of professional wrestling, you don’t choreograph anything, you don’t set anything up, you work in ad lib, it’s improv. You’re doing something to illicit a response from that crowd. Based on that response, you go accordingly and you make decisions continuously. You’re working on the feedback from that crowd. You’re dictating to them, but when you get that response that you think is going to happen, you keep going. So then you take a loose brawling style which I incorporated in the ring and the technical fighting aspect that a guy like Jack Conrad should have for the military background, and then all of a sudden I have to take a new fighting style and remember a choreographed fight move for move. It was very frustrating until I just kept doing it over and over again and then getting the hang of it, but I have to give credit to Richard Norton and Sam Greco, the two guys that were basically training me, and it made for some frustrating days until I started getting the hang of it. But completely different, athletic ability required in both, execution way different.

    Q: Did you do your own stunts?

    Steve Austin: No. I did not do the major stunts in this movie. We had great stuntmen and women and they did an outstanding job. I did all of my fight scenes one hundred percent, that was all me, but we left the big stuff to the guys who are excellent at what they’re doing, and we had good ones.

    Q: Did you work with them to help them, or did they help you?

    Steve Austin: No, I don’t claim to know everything about the movie business. I’m very proud of this movie, I’m proud of my performance, but I’ve got a lot to learn and I learned a lot on this movie set, so those stunts guys would come around to me and we’d talk and carry on, and as they saw me walking across the parking lot, they were starting to mold themselves after me so they could pick up my physical characteristics, the way I did things, and that’s kind of the way they worked. We’d shoot the breeze and have fun, but when it came time for them to study or do what they do, that’s what they did.

    Q: What have you got coming up now that you’ve moved to L.A. and are full on into acting?

    Steve Austin: With WWE Films this is the first picture of a three picture deal. We’ve been trying to find for the last few months something to start shooting asap. I think right now, because of my comfort zone, I would imagine it’s going to be something a little more action oriented, hopefully with a good story. I think The Condemned has a great story. It’s a lot more than a mindless action flick. Something that’s going to be more solo-driven, I want to carry more weight in the movie, it’s going to be something that I’m going to have fun making, and I think I still need to do something that my core fan base completely expects me to be in. A movie like The Condemned, completely different, but the same adrenaline type packed thing with a good story, lots of action.

    Q: You said it’s the first of a three picture deal, would those other pictures involve the same Conrad character or something completely different?

    Steve Austin: We’ve talked about doing something with the Conrad character, because the way this thing turns out, and I did the movie but I’d tell you if I thought the movie was average. I would. I love the movie and I’m proud of it, and I’ll stand by it all day long. We talked about doing something like that, the next one probably won’t be, but if we could get something out of it we would, or will.

    Q: You’re in fantastic shape, is there any chance that you would go back and actually wrestle again?

    Steve Austin: If The Condemned doesn’t do well, I might be forced to. [Laughs] No, I’m kidding, I’m kidding. I’m extremely frugal, I saved all my money and paid my taxes. No, I’ll tell you why, and I tell everybody this, if I wanted to, I could go back and get into the ring and I could make two years of flat out, full schedule, on the road and doing everything it takes, and I would perform from the top level because I’m a top guy in that business, but I look down the road now and I think, okay, so I did those two years, what am I going to feel like in 10 or 15 years after that? And I think for a long time I always thought I was bulletproof, and back in those days I was bulletproof, but as you get on, you start thinking a little bit about the future and I love living and I love life, and I love hunting and fishing, and I want to be able to do it was long as I can and do it pain free.

    Q: How’s the neck and the knees?

    Steve Austin: The neck is great; the leg braces were for wrestling, part of my gear, part of my uniform, part of my equipment. In The Condemned, if you saw the movie, that’s all me; so I’ll go toe to toe with anyone in an action movie.

    Q: How do you like LA compared to Texas?

    Steve Austin: I’ve been here three years, and I still make adjustments every day. I love Texas, but I know LA’s the place to be. And Los Angeles, in it of itself, is a cool city, great weather; the traffic is brutal, the real estate prices are sky high. It took me a long time before I could even think about buying a house because very, very small houses cost a lot and for that lot, you could buy a mansion in Texas. But I think it’s a very interesting town, and when you look at the entertainment aspect of Los Angeles, when you realize what the business is all about, and you realize where people are coming from, and what the town is about, the agenda that everybody has, what the system is – it levels the playing field. When you first come out here, you think everything’s on the up and up, you’d like to think that, but it’s not; this is a tough town. I’ve been in the entertainment industry – wresting, but the entertainment industry since 1989. If you have thin skin, you’re going to have a tough time in this town, but I’ve got thick skin. We’re going to take it on the chin from a couple people on this movie, but with my experience, everybody’s going to enjoy this thing. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have a good reason to stay here, because I’m gonna be busy.

    Q: Is there any good fishing in LA?

    Steve Austin: [Laughs] No, I went to San Diego; we go shark fishing off the coast of San Diego. We caught a few, but no, I wouldn’t eat a fish in LA, other than the ones in a restaurant. I live in Malibu and Venice, but I’ve heard bad things about the water. So, no, I’m not going to go fishing in LA.

    Q: Do you throw them back?

    Steve Austin: The sharks? They didn’t get thrown back; we did eat them.

    How are you going to promote the film through the WWE?

    Steve Austin: I’ll tell you what, they’ve made some unbelievable vignettes and packages and stuff that they’ve been broadcasting on all their shows through the WWE on their end; that’s how they’re doing it. Lionsgate’s doing their end. I’d answer that question more, but that’s all I know, this is my first gig; I’m not trying to play the dumb guy, but that’s how we’re going about it.

    Q: Have you modeled your career on anybody? I’m thinking like Arnold Schwarzenegger who had a career as a body builder and then went on to acting.

    Steve Austin: No, because it’s so early on. I don’t think I’m at the stage where I can say if I could have or if I can have. When I got into professional wrestling, I started and I starved for two years, and I finally got some breaks. And then I didn’t get any breaks and then I finally got the biggest break, and I made the most of it and took wresting to its highest level ever. I think I did things my own way and I never tried to model my wrestling career after anybody, but forged my own path, and certainly made my own share of mistakes, and learned from them. So I think I take that approach into the movie business. I know it’s a very tough industry, I know it’s a tough town, I know you need some breaks, but I have somewhat of a name. All I need is to make it a bigger name with the mainstream. But I have a core fan base, who I know is going to help me out; but I just have to be smart and make my decisions. And I’m going to screw up every now and then, but if I learn from that, and I’ve surrounded myself with some very good people that I’m happy to be with at Paradigm. And so I think with a good team, and thinking positively and working hard, I’m looking forward to making good things happen.

    Q: As a viewer, what kind of films do you enjoy watching?

    Steve Austin:
    I love action films, but I love Cool Hand Luke, I love Paul Newman; I can eat 50 eggs, nobody can eat 50 eggs. Cowboy Luke says he can eat 50 eggs, then he can eat 50 eggs. I love Shawshank Redemption, I loved Million Dollar Baby, there’s a lot; I just saw Blood Diamond the other day and enjoyed that. There’s a lot of good stuff out there that I enjoy, but certainly I enjoy action movies. Because of my career in professional wrestling, I do like the adrenaline part of an action movie; but as far as just the ‘Steve Austin’ part of me, I enjoy a regular type. Here’s one – I enjoyed The Notebook; my girlfriend wanted to watch The Notebook, and I’m checking my email. I always like to look at the MLS (multiple listing service) to see what the real estate market is doing out here. She goes, ‘I’m going to watch The Notebook, are you going to watch it?’ I said, ‘No, you go ahead.’ So it’s there, and I start looking up, going back on the internet, I start looking up; I started looking at my computer less and looking at the TV more. By the time it was over with, it was actually a good movie, so I enjoyed that movie, believe it or not.

    Q: Who do you look at in pro wresting now who’s having a good career?

    Steve Austin: I’ll say the person doing the best job right now is a guy named John Cena. Now, when I say, ‘I was the highest you can get,’ so I look at it from a different approach than anyone else would. Probably like you guys watch a movie differently than normal people do, because you people talk about movies. If we all watched a wrestling match together, I would see something completely different from you ‘cause I know what’s going on there so I know the business. But right now I think John Cena’s doing the best, and I think kids love him. I think he’s a person that corporate sponsors love ‘cause of his squeaky clean image. He’s a good guy, he really is that guy, so I think he’s doing the best. But if I was there – very edgy, but number one. [Laughs]

    Q: But John Cena’s a Red Sox fan, so there’s a blemish. Are you a Red Sox fan?

    Steve Austin: I’m a sports fan. I was at a San Francisco Giants game the other day, two days ago. I’m not saying I’m a Giants fan, but I enjoyed watching Barry Bonds get up to the plate and swing, because when he stepped in there, you’re looking at a big part of baseball history and the crowd knew it and the players in the dugout knew it and everyone who watches Barry Bonds. The mystique about him, because he’s hitting so many home runs and is probably the greatest player to ever play the game, but just standing in there, he commands respect that’s very interesting to watch. But I follow all sports, I don’t tend to have favorite teams, I follow players. Like I like LaDainian Tomlinson from the San Diego Chargers because he’s a class guy, doing great things with the football, and just as far as the football goes, he’s the best that there is right now, but on top of that, he’s a class guy.

    Q: With all your improv skills, would you ever want to write or direct?

    Steve Austin: Sometimes, I’d sit there and think, ‘You know, it’d be neat to get behind the camera and act,’ but then when I watch what Scott Wiper did in this movie – his attention to detail, everything so well thought out, and he’s such a good people person, he’s such a good listener, such a good leader -- and I think there’s so many little things I would have missed as a director in this movie. Sometimes I think, ‘You know what? I could have a pretty interesting take on a lot of things.’ But the complete take – I’m a guy that’s good at putting salt and pepper on a steak, not presenting the whole steak. I think that’s what Scott is good at. And so I think, ‘No, I can’t direct;’ and then when I think about the writing part of it, there’s so many deals and different layers to writing great screenplays – or whatever you call it – I don’t see it happening. So I better try to brush up on my acting chops and keep going there – or I will be back in the ring. [Laughs]

    The Condemned opens in theaters on April 27th. Interview: Steve Austin Leaves 'Stone Cold' Alter Ego Behind In 'The Condemned'

    Source: Movies
    Originally Posted on: Apr 27 2007 6:02 AM EDT
    Steve Austin Leaves 'Stone Cold' Alter Ego Behind In 'The Condemned'
    The ex-wrestler talks about his first starring role — and why he doesn't 'want to be called the action guy.'
    By Shawn Adler

    LOS ANGELES — Whatever you do, don't tell Steve Austin that he's made to be an action star. The man formerly known as "Stone Cold" could beat you six ways till Sunday, but these days he's more proud of delivering dialogue than he is of fighting.

    Call it Austin 3:17 — the belief the former wrestler has that the best surprises are yet to come. Austin recently sat down with MTV News at the Wizard World comics convention to discuss, among other things, how he learned all that tricky dialogue for his first starring role — as Jack Conrad in "The Condemned," which opened Friday (April 27).

    MTV: These are the first press notes we've ever read that come with the characters' rap sheets.

    Steve Austin: Ha! Really?

    MTV: Yeah. Your character — he seems like another one of those bad-guy heroes we all root for.

    Austin: [Thumbing through notes.] Well, Jack Conrad is probably the cat with the cleanest background. [He laughs.] I would say my character is something of a reluctant hero. This guy is basically a former military guy doing black-ops work for the government who goes to El Salvador, does his mission but ends up getting caught in the process. He's purchased from this prison by a [TV] producer and forced to fight for his life. He's not into it. That's not his gig. He just wants to go home. So he's the hero of the movie, but reluctantly so.

    MTV: He's like a throwback in that respect. Are the great antiheroes coming back?

    Austin: I don't know if it's gonna come back around. For me, I think it's going to be interesting to see what happens when this movie comes out. I'm very proud of my performance and very proud of this movie, but we'll see what the people think at the box office. That said, I hope to do many movies like this, many movies that are more like the Charles Bronson stuff — edgy, gritty, kind of tense.

    Does that mean you want to be the next great action star?

    Austin: People assume because you're 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, [that's all I want], but I want to be more than that. I don't want to get labeled. Now, if I made 50 action/adventure movies and they were all blockbusters, yeah, I'd love to do that. But I don't want to be called the action guy because that's not what I'm trying to be. I just want to be a guy that gets good scripts and works with well-known directors and actors. [I want to] keep on learning. In my old profession, I wanted to work with guys I highly respected. I only want to do the same thing in film.

    MTV: Speaking of your old job, do you find acting to be a natural transition?

    Austin: It's a different transition. I think what's going to surprise a lot of people about my performance in the movie is that they're used to seeing me for the last 10 years as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. There are different levels to that character, but basically he's a loud, in-your-face guy. Very forceful. At the end of the wrestling shows, say "Monday Night RAW," you don't roll credits, so you're always known as that person, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. But if you go to "The Condemned" expecting to see "Stone Cold." Steve Austin as Jack Conrad, you're [going to be disappointed]. You're going to see a 180. This is Steve Austin playing a guy named Jack Conrad. I think a lot of times when people meet me, they end up realizing that they would probably laugh a lot if we were hanging out, just shooting the sh--. I'm actually pretty quiet. You're not going to get that from "Stone Cold". But from Steve Austin the person, that's what you get.

    MTV: Was it important for you to find a character that was such a 180 from your wrestling persona?

    Austin: No, it wasn't at all. That being said, the thing that was good for me in this movie was that I didn't bite off more than I could chew. I didn't pick something that was gonna weigh me down, or something that I couldn't handle. It was a natural fit. It's an action/adventure-type movie, but I'm not carrying the entire load. I enjoyed playing the bad guy my whole career, but you'd have to find a real unusual movie to get one that was cut out for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. He's a completely over-the-top guy.

    MTV: What's the one thing, then, that Steve Austin is most proud of in this movie?

    Austin: Just delivering dialogue. We just did a thing in Vegas where we showed a clip from the movie, and it was a fight scene. It's an excellent fight scene, and it took us two days to film it. Brutal. But when they showed that clip, I was cringing because the movie has so much more to offer than just the fight scenes. What I was really known for in my career as a professional wrestler with WWE was getting on a live mic, on live TV, ad-libbing and saying whatever came into my mind. This was different because I got to deliver dialogue. Am I dialogue-heavy? No. But I learned that it was more than just words on a piece of paper, more than just words to memorize. There's stuff that you read between the lines: What's this cat going through, why does he makes these decisions he makes? Acting is an entertaining ride.

    Photos: Austin at Wizard World Los Angeles (WWLA) in 2007

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    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Austin Comments on Awesome Kong and Beth Phoenix via Twitter

    Last night on twitter, Austin made some interesting comments reguarding Awesome Kong and Beth Phoenix:

    The Beth Phoenix—a class act and powerful presence in the WWE…the sky is the limit for you…travel safe and land flat..

    Awesome Kong is a free agent…TNA should hire her back…or WWE should make her into a stone cold killer(no pun intended). i love her work.

    Austin also re-Tweeted:

    Beth Phoenix vs. Awesome Kong! - I would love the opportunity!! Much respect 4 Kong!

    I'm so tired of barbie dolls floppin around making a mockery of wrestling. Kong is a REAL pro wrestler. Get her back on TV!