WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has claimed that WWE got in the way of his shot at movie stardom as they blocked him from being in a Michael Bay blockbuster.
Kurt Angle had an incredibly successful amateur wrestling career that culminated in winning an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. He parlayed that success into one of the most illustrious pro wrestling careers of all time, winning numerous championships in both WWE and TNA.
However, things could have worked out differently for Angle if Vince McMahon and WWE hadn’t blocked his route to Hollywood in the early 2000s. Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, Angle revealed that he was set for a part in Michael Bay’s 2001 smash hit, Pearl Harbor but WWE intervened to stop his involvement:
“It was a blockbuster movie, it was one of the leading roles. They wanted me, and WWE said no. It was Pearl Harbor … They said no and the reason, I totally get it. Okay, Rock just left and Vince was putting everybody on lockdown. He wasn’t going to lose another wrestler to Hollywood.”
During the show, Kurt Angle also revealed that his earlier Hollywood aspirations were put on hold by an encounter with a psychic.