Are you prepared to see “The Lunatic Fringe” on the big screen? Brace yourself. Variety is reporting that Dean Ambrose, birth name Jonathan Good, has been tapped to star in the upcoming Lionsgate and WWE Studios produced action-suspense thriller Lockdown. Production will begin on this film this month.
Here’s what the article gives us as far as the plot for the film:
“Lockdown follows a police officer who finds himself trapped inside his own precinct and hunted after crooked cops stop at nothing to recover incriminating evidence of illegal activities against those closest to him.”
Sounds like your typical straight to video WWE Studios project, right? Wrong. It’s Dean ‘F****n’ Ambrose. If you follow either of my accounts (shameless plug) on twitter – @dw_reno, or more importantly @fightbooth, then you’ve noticed I’ve been tweeting a lot lately about my feelings on Ambrose and how I believe he’s pro wrestling’s version of John McClane, but even loonier.
Dean Ambrose is like Martin Riggs, John McClane, and Tyler Durden all rolled into one . Except even more awesome.
— Reno Ghost (@DW_Reno) August 3, 2014
So just imagine our excitement when we were informed of this news earlier today. There’s no way this movie could suck. As a matter of fact, I’ll go as far as to say that even if it sucks it won’t suck. Did that make sense?
Below we’re going to take a quick look at a few reasons why Ambrose was made for, and understands what it takes to be a successful pro wrestler and action movie star.
Exhibit A: One of the things that made me mark out as a fan of those guilty pleasure 80’s action movies, and pro wrestling, and a lot of the similarities and homage’s between them, was that incredible moment at Money in the Bank when a “dislocated shoulder” forced Ambrose to leave the traditional briefcase ladder match. A visibly angered and upset Ambrose left the match and was surrounded by WWE doctors forcing him to head to the back. Ambrose screamed for the doctors to pop it back in. This immediately makes us think of one of our all-time favorite big screen lunatic heroes, Martin Riggs.
Exhibit B: Here’s Ambrose (during his Jon Moxley days) doing an impression of Johnny Utah and Bodhi from Point Break. Except he does the impression as Terry Funk doing Bodhi and Dusty Rhodes playing Johnny Utah. It starts at the 4:00 marker of the following video. H/T @MotorCitySquire
Exhibit C: Die Hard doesn’t exactly need to be re-made. It still holds up just fine 26 years later. It will be in this lifetime though. Trust me. Everything is re-made in Hollywood. So if you’re going to re-make it, why not get it right.
Enough said. Just imagine Ambrose’s face when he visits the Nakatomi Plaza on Christmas Eve only to find out that his wife, Holly, has started using her maiden name Gennero when looking her up on the Corporation’s computer.