Monday, June 19, 2023

the last book I ever read (Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America, excerpt eight)

from Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America by Andrew Riesman:

The film’s origins are murky. I tried to interview the credited writer, director, and producers for interviews; all turned me down or were nowhere to be found. In his first memoir, Hogan wrote that he had been approached about making a wrestling-oriented movie called No Holds Barred, but that “Vince and the company weren’t involved. Then Vince stepped in and said, ‘I’ll produce this movie and I’ll pay you the same amount of money that you would have gotten.’” Hogan did what he generally did: what Vince wanted.

“Originally, a writer had been hired to come up with the script for No Holds Barred,” Hogan continued. “But when he turned it in, it sucked. Of course, he was going to get credit for it even if it got rewritten fifty times, because that’s how the Writer’s Guild works. But Vince and I didn’t care about who got credit for it.” No, they just wanted a hit movie. And who knew action and delight better than them?

So, according to Hogan, he and Vince locked themselves in a hotel room near a beach outside St. Petersburg and, for either two or three days straight (depending on which of his memoirs you believe), they “wrote it from beginning to end without stopping, without sleeping.”

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