Mike “The Miz” Mizanin has been pulling double-duty as a WWE Superstar and an actor for some time now, not even counting his years as part of the Real World franchise. He stepped into the lead role of WWE Studios’ longest-running action franchise starting with The Marine 3: Homefront in 2013, and his Jake Carter character returns this week in The Marine 5: Battleground, out on Blu-Ray and DVD today, April 25.
The Miz was kind enough to join us for an interview, where we got to pick his brain about the movie, his dream role, his father’s famous restaurant Mr. Hero, and of course some discussion about Cleveland sports. Stick around at the end of the interview for an exclusive clip from The Marine 5: Battleground.
With Spandex: Your career got revitalized when Maryse came back, and I wanted to know, how does that help your comfort level and confidence with what you’re doing now, and did that in any way translate to having her in Marine 5 with you?
The Miz: Any time that you have a support system with you, all the time … basically, no matter what, she is literally at ringside with me. So, whenever you have your wife there, you kind of want to show off. You don’t want to be a loser in front of your wife.
So, yeah it has brought a whole new confidence to me and having her around, being able to talk to her … you know, before, she was at home and I was on the road and it takes a lot. You don’t get to be around each other, and we actually like being around each other. The main thing is: a married couple that actually enjoys being around each other. It’s shocking, isn’t it? But, we do, and she gives me a whole new revitalization because of the support that she gives. Having her in Marine 5 is just topping on the cake, you know. She earned her role, did a great job in it, and we had a lot of fun shooting the scene.
So this is your third go-round as the lead in the Marine franchise, and I want to know, how do you feel this one stacks up to the others, and do you like the single location, trapped element of this particular film?
Yeah, it’s one of those situations where you’re trapped, you gotta find a way out. It brings up so many obstacles and having the amusement park, is just … makes it that much more cool and gritty. I always say this film is beautifully gritty and the way Luke Bryant — the director of photography — really made a beautiful, beautiful scenery. He used everything that he was given.
[Director] James [Nunn] really knew how to get everything out of his actors and get exactly what he wanted from his crew, from his cast, and knew how to get it from day one. Whether we would lose a day or gain [one] … he would always find ways to basically do what he needed to make this a really good, gritty, fun, entertaining action movie.
So, let’s talk about your co-stars real quick. You’ve got a bunch of WWE Superstars in here. Besides Maryse, you have Naomi, Bo Dallas, Heath Slater, Curtis Axel … and in my opinion, they’re all amazing in the movie. What’s your take on all of them and how they fared as actors?