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WTA stars as professional actors - Could any of them do it?

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So many people WANT to try acting. Then they find out how much work it is, and how little control you have, and how little respect many directors have for actors. They'll cut a celeb a little slack early, but embarass yourself on screen, and they forget your name in a hurry.

Has any pro tennis player EVER made an impact as an actor? I mean an actual CAREER, not just a one-off. Movies? TV? Music? How about any athlete in any sport?

Well, I can name a few actually, but there aren't many, and they're almost all men.

Chuck Connors (baseball) --> starred in TV show "The Rifleman")

Nick Nolte (american footoball) --> Movie career. "48 hours" w/Eddie Murphy, among a LOT of others.

Howie Long (american footoball) --> Moives "Art of War", "Broken Arrow", plus commercials and he's a sports announcer)

Jim Brown (american footoball) --> 35 year film career continues, form the serious to the silly. "Ice Station Zebra", "The Dirty Dozen", "He Got Game", "Mars Attacks"

The only woman I can come up with is Nany Kerrigan (Ice skating). But virtually all of her TV and movie appearances centered around ice skating. Youcan't say she hasd a career in acting. Her skating career was simply shown on movies and television. A lot.

Professioanl Wrestling, at the moment, is providing an interesting cross-over point. Is it athletics, or entertainment?

Bill Goldberg (American Football) Currently stars as a professional wrestler. Is that Athletics to Entertainment? Or Athletics to Athletics? A lot of footballers went into Wrestling when it still portrayed itself as a sport. Ernie Ladd, Kiven Greene, and from basketball, Dennis Rodman.

Now it portrays itself as entertainment, and more athletes are moving to it.

Kurt Angle (Three time Olympic Gold medalist in qwrestling) has moved over to the pro Wrestling circuit. Which is now sold as a king of opera with more vidoe and no fat ladies, near as I can tell.

Brock Lesnar (NCAA wrestling champ) Has moved over to 'WWE' as well.

Okay, so that's wrestling to pseudo-wrestling, and who takes that seriously, anyway?

Well a professional Wrestler saw a movie he was THE start in open at #1 in the box office lst week. Is that Athletics to Entertainment? Or Entertainment to Entertainment? The athlete/actor in question also played college football.

So Dwayne Johnson AKA "the Rock", has to go on our list.

And if you were t all a fan of the "mortal Combat - The Series", they used pro wresters as villians in almost every episiode, mostly cause they could handle the fight choreography, and came with their own fan bases.

Notice the near total absence of women?

So you CAN make it from sports to movies, but it ain't easy, and when you figure the number of athletes, it doesn't happen often.

So who on the WTA tour do you think could make the transition?

Couple of caveats.

Looks doesn't mean much in Hollywood. It means everything of course, but five makeup people, a ten thousand dollar gown and four hours in amakeup chair can make 90% of the world beautiful. They're vicious about weight, but as long as your looks are in the better looking half of the population, Hollywood can take care of the rest.

Serena of course has a leg up. She's already appeared on TV without embarassing herself. We'll see this fall if she can handle a slightly bigger part.

Anna got through a small movie role unscathed, but I wonder if she can get bigger parts on her name if she's not a top twenty player.

I can't imagine Venus wanting that kind of attention focused on her on a regular basis.

If I HAD to bet money, though, I'd bet on Amelie. She has a face that quiet emotions show through on. I find her interviews quite fascinating because you can almost SEE the little feelings run across her face. I have no idea if she'd want to do something like that.
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Actually, this topic should be confined to women, because the ranks of male Hollywood stars are filled with guys who were fairly successful athletes first, or at least athletes first.

John Wayne played football at USC I believe. Mark Harmon did as well. Chuck Connors (The Rifleman on television) once played big league baseball. I think he was a first baseman.

Basketball star James Worthy, a big Startrek fan, once appeared as a Clingon on Startrek TNG.

Most stuntmen, incidentally, are just good athletes. The same is probably true for most stuntwomen.

Douglas Fairbanks, the first great male movie star, was actually a remarkable athlete. He pretty much invented the action/adventure genre of movie, except back then they were called swashbucklers.

Fairbanks performed most of his stunts himself and did so into his mid-40s. And when he was doing it, there were no special effects, so the stunts were real. He could actually stand right next to a waist high fence and spring over it and he could do that when he was 45.
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Let's not forget OJ Simpson ;)
Beggin' Beguine said:
Let's not forget OJ Simpson ;)
Never! :lol:
Seeing both Venus and Serena at the MTV Awards, and watching them read their lines, I'd have to say that Venus is a much better actress than Serena. On Letterman, Venus and Serena read the Top 10 list, and I felt that Venus was the more convincing performer. Maybe Venus should re-consider and give acting a try. She looked very comfortable in front of the camera. Serena did not. They say the shyest people tend to be better actors - their sensitivity allows them to convey emotions better than outgoing people. The better actresses also tend to have faces that look like a blank slate. Venus, and Amelie Mauresmo, have exactly these qualities. Any emotion they feel is more easily read on their faces than someone who's always emotional and extroverted.
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