Goldberg's got it made with new movie career
TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
|Goldberg in The Longest Yard
Who's next? It's not really the question anymore for Bill Goldberg.
It's more like, "What's next?"
Seems the former wrestling wrecking machine, the son of a doctor and concert violinist, is starting to carve out a movie career, with a role in The Longest Yard, which opens next weekend.
And Goldberg, 38, couldn't be happier about it.
"When I was growing up, two movies really shaped me," says Goldberg over the phone. "The Longest Yard ... and Slap Shot. And since I can't play hockey, this is the biggest honour in my life.
"I had to pinch myself every day. It was the coolest thing. I'd look around. There's Adam Sandler. There's Chris Rock. There's Nelly. There's Burt Reynolds. I loved Burt Reynolds enough that my first car was a Trans Am."
Bill Goldberg, movie star. Seems like not so long ago that the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder was on top of the pile in wrestling, wearing WWE's heavyweight title in 2003.
But he grew tired of wrestling and its politics. And he's sickened when he looks back at his last bout, a Wrestlemania XX showdown with Brock Lesnar, who had announced he was leaving to try the NFL.
"A good friend of mine set a good example for me," says Goldberg. "Steve Borden (Sting) said when he wasn't able to enjoy what he was doing, when he was miserable when he got home, it was time to hang it up.
"It wasn't worth the hassle. It doesn't seem like the No. 1 goal (in WWE) is business oriented. It seemed more like mental torture.
"I don't think it's a mistake that I'm not there ... that The Rock is not there ... that Kevin Nash is not there. It's not because we're too old. Look at Dusty Rhodes ... he's 150 years old and he's still wrestling.
"(The match against Lesnar) crushed me. It was emotionally very disturbing. If it was predicated on making money, that would have been the biggest match ever."
He believes part of the problem hangs with Triple H.
"He was always a good guy to me," says Goldberg. "But I don't believe any talent should be on the booking committee."
There is, of course, a positive to his wrestling career, which also included a 173-match storyline winning streak in WCW.
"The fans," he says. "If it wasn't for the fans, I wouldn't be doing this interview. I owe (my success) to them."
Wrestling gave Goldberg a stepping-stone to stardom, but his heart was in football, where he played for the Atlanta Falcons before an injury cut his career short.
"If it was up to me, I'd die in a football uniform," he says. "In the ring, I was still the defensive lineman, with two 300-pound guys trying to take the lunch out of my pocket."
There's also a Canadian connection to Goldberg. His wife, stuntwoman/former model Wanda Ferraton, is from Saskatchewan. And he met her while filming Santa's Slay in Edmonton.
A model wife. A movie career. Life's not too bad for Bill Goldberg these days. Indeed.
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