Noted Ring Names: Dean Ambrose, Jon Moxley From: Cincinnati, Ohio Date of Birth: December 7, 1985 Debut: 2005 WWE Debut: Survivor Series 2012 WWE Titles Held: WWE World Heavyweight Championship, United States Championship, Intercontinental Championship (x2) WWE Titles Holding: Intercontinental Championship Mini Biography: Dean Ambrose started his career back in 2004 under the name of Jon Moxley. Earning high praise from independent companies around the world, he became a household name for the hardcore, holding championship gold in companies such as Combat Zone Wrestling. With his name capturing the attention of wrestling fans across the globe, Jon soon earned a developmental contract with the WWE. He then took on the name of Dean Ambrose and began the process of cementing his name in stone. Feuding with William Regal and Seth Rollins most notably on NXT, Ambrose went on to make his much anticipated main roster debut at Survivor Series 2012, coming in alongside Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to make a massive impact in the main event, aiding CM Punk in retaining his WWE Championship. The Shield have torn an unstoppable path through the WWE and at Extreme Rules 2013, Dean laid claim to his first taste of WWE gold, capturing the United States Championship. Described by WWE as "Fearless, wild and always unpredictable" as well as a "world class competitor and infamous troublemaker" - Dean Ambrose is the rising star to watch! Full Biography:Click Here! Full Statistics:Click Here!
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AMNewYork also spoke with Dean about 12 Rounds, you can read the Q&A below, including the thing Dean found most surprising about the movie making process.
WWE wrestler Dean Ambrose is nicknamed “The Lunatic Fringe” for his brand of chaotic frenzy unleashed on his opponents in the ring. But when it comes to his first acting gig — a starring role in the new movie, “12 Rounds 3: Lockdown” — he takes things very seriously. “If I’m going to be in a movie, it’s going to be a good movie,” the 29-year-old grappler says. “I have a competitive nature, perfectionism kind of takes over. I did all the legwork and research necessary to do everything I could do to make sure this is the best movie it can possibly be.”
In the film, he plays a detective, John Shaw, who takes on corrupt cops trying to kill him. amNewYork spoke with Ambrose about the film.
How did your WWE career help prepare you for acting?
Everybody in the WWE, when they get on any kind of movie set or television commercial, we always find that we’re more prepared than we thought. We’re uniquely prepared for anything in entertainment because the WWE is kind of a show business boot camp. We learn so much about what goes on in front of the camera, behind the camera, the stunts, doing everything in one take. On “Monday Night Raw,” there’s no second takes. … We’re like the Navy Seals of entertainment. We’re so used to going nonstop, 365, doing all these different things.
What was your favorite part of doing the film?
We do all these fight scenes. The fight coordinators and stunt coordinators were some of the best in the business. They put together these awesome, cool fight scenes. Those were the [most fun] things for me; that to me was the easiest part. Everyone else was having trouble memorizing these complicated choreographed things. You have three days to learn this fight scene. … It took me, literally, 90 seconds. It came so easily to me because that’s what I do.
What was the most surprising thing about making a movie?
I’ll tell you the stupidest thing. … I don’t know why this never occurred to me in 29 years of life. I said to the guy, “When we’re filming this and I throw this right hand, where should I land it? Do I just like get him in the face, do I try and pull it?” He looked at me like he didn’t understand. He was like, “You just leave some space, so it goes across the camera.” It was like this lightbulb went off, like movie magic had been fooling me for 29 years. I just whiff. I don’t hit him at all. … I don’t even have to get hit? I thought I was going to get punched in all these fight scenes. This is great; it’s like a vacation!
SportingNews.com had a chat with Dean about 12 Rounds, heres some highlights, head on over to their website for the full article!
The Lionsgate and WWE Studios production thriller is the third installment in the Lockdown franchise. The other featured WWE superstars: John Cena starred in 2009’s “12 Rounds” and Randy Orton was the lead in the 2013 release “12 Rounds 2: Reloaded”.
Ambrose (real name Jonathan Good) admits that he leaned on his fellow actors since this was his debut on the big screen. And he gives a lot of credit to director Stephen Reynolds for being able to make a big, action packed movie despite not having a huge budget.
“You can really see how much his expertise paid off in the movie because it looks so cool,” says Ambrose. “It doesn’t look like an old, cheesy action movie where they’re relying on big stunts and exploding helicopters and car chases. The whole movie is contained in one building, a big, giant police station. So it’s not unlike ‘Die Hard’ and you’ll get that comparison.”
He admits that the opportunity wasn’t on his radar and his focus was on the day-to-day task of being a WWE superstar.
“When you’re on the road with the WWE, you’re so wrapped up in this whirlwind of making 300 towns a year and wrestling every night that I wasn’t looking too far into the future,” he explains. “But if the opportunity was in front of me, I was definitely going to take it. If I got hit by a bus tomorrow, I get to say I was in a movie. I had a sense they thought it would be something I would be good at and maybe it’s another avenue to pursue after my career.”
ComingSoon.net have conducted another interview with Dean, talking about how he got the role in ‘Lockdown’, the gun training he had and where he sees his career going. Check out a few highlights below and read the full interview at the bottom link!
ComingSoon.net: You’ve been pretty busy the past week with a lot of big matches, so I’m surprised you have time and you’re not exhausted.
Dean Ambrose: Yeah, you’ll be amazed how much stuff we can fit into our daily lives, especially in a week like this.
CS: One thing you don’t do on TV is that you don’t shoot guns, so did you have to any training for that kind of stuff? Dean Ambrose: Oh, yeah, yeah. That was another thing, just the whole experience was so much fun, because not only the acting part of it, which was a challenge, but there’s so much fun stuff that comes with being an action star for a period of time. You get to work with former Marine guys who are weapons trainers so you get to do weapons training and how to shoot all different kinds of guns and how to properly clear a room. I’ve shot guns before, but I’ve never been taught properly how to like jump over something while shooting behind my back. Learning how to do all that stuff properly, learning how to turn and shoot from a low stance and how to run with a gun and run up stairs, all that stuff. Learn how to duck and roll and all that. That was so much fun because you get to play G.I. Joe for a few months. Then the fight scenes were extremely fun for me and something I picked up on really well. From all the background that I come from, it was very easy for me to pick up on. Like a long extended fight scene, I could memorize it in seconds.
CS: Did you have to go easy on the other actors?
Dean Ambrose: Some of the stunt guys I worked with, it might take them a couple days to get this whole fight broken down to where they remembered everything that’s going on, but I took it up quicker than those guys sometimes. It just came so easy to me from wrestling. That was so much fun for me to get to do the physical stuff and learn new stuff from the great fight coordinators they have. You learn different kinds of fighting and you go out there and roll around and kick each other in the face and shoots guns. It was such a fun experience.
CS: I was at SummerSlam on Sunday and it was a great line-up. It’s interesting to see where the WWE is going these days, because there isn’t as much good guys/bad guys and you’re a good example because you’re a fan favorite without being the typical fan favorite. Do you think wrestling is getting smarter about what the fans want?
Dean Ambrose: All I know is that all I can do for me is… I don’t want to be inauthentic. The thing about me is that I was never created in a creative meeting. Nobody ever came up with the idea of Dean Ambrose. What you see in the ring on Pay Per View or “Monday Night Raw” of Dean Ambrose is just the total good and the bad of 29 years of life and ten-plus years experience in wrestling. Some of its good, some of its bad and some of its ugly, but this is just the person that has shaped me. I don’t want to be anything that I’m not, because I don’t think it would come off right. If you like it, cool, if you don’t, whatever. All I can do is be me to the hilt and if people like me, then it’s probably that authenticity and that honesty that they like ‘cause I’m not out there asking them to like me. I’m just going out there and laying my body on the line.
USA Today have an article up to accompany the release of the exclusive 5th teaser from the Lockdown film, check out some excerpts below and read the full article at the provided link!
Shaw is a different kind of personality for Ambrose than his in-ring “Lunatic Fringe” character, which he describes as basically his regular persona writ larger-than-life. “I might be the only guy in WWE who isn’t acting ever.”
But for the movie, he says, “I didn’t want it to be ‘Dean Ambrose plays a cop’ and it’s exactly the person you see on WWE television but with a cop uniform on or a cheesy movie like that.
“I wanted to do a good, proper job. I want you to forget that I’m the guy on your TV every Monday night and buy into this … pretty straight-laced, no-nonsense detective who internalizes a lot of stuff.”
“What I do in WWE is essentially a lovable bad guy,” says Ambrose, who tags with Reigns and a mystery partner in a match vs. The Wyatt Family at the Night of Champions event live on WWE Network Sept. 20.
“I look dirty, I do terrible things. The only difference is at the end of the day, I always make the right choice and I never lie. But other than that, I’m what would be a bad guy in another movie or television show.”
Ambrose wouldn’t mind reprising his 12 Rounds role, but he expects many will check out his film debut due to sheer curiosity.
“You expect to see John Cena in a movie, a superhero like that,” he says. “Even if they’re WWE fans, that might not be enough to see John Cena in a movie. But it’s so different with me being the complete exact opposite of him. That might be a more interesting allure to make you want to click on iTunes and buy it.”
Scott Fishman spoke to Dean about filming 12 Rounds and making the jump from wrestling to movies. Check out an excerpt below and head over to Channel Guide for the full interview!
The WWE Studios/Lionsgate action thriller is latest installment in the 12 Rounds series. Ambrose, real name Jonathan Good, joins past leading men John Cena and Randy Orton. This isn’t just his first film, but the budding actor was the featured star.
“How often do you get a chance to star in a movie?” Ambrose asked himself when approached about the project.
“It wasn’t something that was on my immediate radar or agenda. I jumped at the opportunity. How can you say no when someone wants you to be in a movie. It’s an experience. It took me about two seconds to say yes. I didn’t find out until later that I was the lead role in this. I said sign me up from the get-go. I thought I was going to be a background player like when a WWE Studios movie will have a WWE superstar in the background for like five seconds.
“Upon learning I was earmarked to be this guy in the lead role. I was thinking, ‘What? You know I’m completely unqualified for this. I have no idea what I’m doing.’ They were like, ‘You’ll be find. Trust me.’”
_D1C7784Ambrose, 29, went in with an open mind and willing to learn. He had the mentality that he was going to put in the work, but wasn’t feeling pressure.
“I thought that if it does well I could have a second career as an action star,” he said.
“If it sucks, then stop asking me to be in movies. You know what I mean. I had a feeling that this is something I would be good at. Sometimes things happen for a reason and things work out the way they are supposed to. I feel this was brought to me at the right time. I had a feeling in my gut that I could do this. I took it very seriously.
“I didn’t want it to be Dean Ambrose, who plays the cop. I wanted to fully become this character. It’s a much different personality and character than myself. It’s not the guy you see on WWE TV, which is essentially me. That’s the funny part. In WWE, I’m not acting. I just kind of go out there and am myself. Sometimes with sports entertainment you are somewhat over-the-top. In this, I’m a bit serious as a detective. There is a lot of acting involved. There was a challenge to learn how to do it.”
Ambrose went to Los Angeles for acting lessons. With such an important part in the movie, he was the first there on the Vancouver set every morning and the last to leave.
“I went in with no ego,” he said.
“I think I went into it with a pretty good attitude. I had never been on a movie set. I had no idea what I was doing. I went in there asking questions. You find that a lot with WWE people. We are uniquely prepared and over-prepared than we think we are for anything in front of the screen whether it’s a TV show or movie. WWE is show business camp. You learn everything that goes on behind the scenes, in front of the camera, and we do all our own stunts. We are doing all our own lines in one take.
“We also have such a work ethic here because it’s such a demanding job. You find we are the hardest working people on set. I wanted to be the best possible performance in an action movie you can ask for. I wanted it to be better than a John Cena movie. I wanted it to be better than a Randy Orton movie. I wanted this to be better than a Miz movie. I wanted this to be the best WWE film there has ever been. I think with director Stephen Reynolds, who created a cool atmosphere in turning this building predominantly used in the movie into a character all itself.”
In an Interview with Scott Fishman, Ambrose talks about working in a commercial with Arnold Schwarzenegger, being in a video game, missing FCW/NXT, and more!
WWE superstar Dean Ambrose’s surge in popularity has led to numerous opportunities. The fan favorite recently shared the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger during a “WWE 2K16” video game commercial shoot. The iconic action star and former California governor is a playable character as the Terminator in the upcoming video game, out Oct. 27 nationally and Oct. 30 internationally. Ambrose went face-to-face during a bar scene with the WWE Hall of Famer and lived to tell about it.
“That was crazy,” he said. “I didn’t know anything about it until I got there that day. ‘Terminator’ is one of my favorite movies. To do a complete reenactment of one of my favorite parts in the movie, working with Arnold Schwarzenegger and he is giving me the Terminator eyes. It was so surreal. It was so trippy. The word I use to describe everything with the whole ‘WWE 2K16’ experience. So it was very cool. It’s one of those bonuses you get while living the life of a WWE superstar. The cool stuff you get to do.”
For Ambrose, 29, seeing himself in video game form is still a “trippy experience.” The evolution of his character in the WWE 2K franchise has correlated well with what the “Lunatic Fringe” looks like on TV.
“It’s all so surreal seeing yourself in a video game,” Ambrose said. “A couple of years ago I couldn’t wait to see what I looked like in the game. Now I’m used to it, but now it’s so realistic that it freaks me out. I think this is how movies like ‘Terminator’ started in the first place. They take your brain and put it directly in the game. The guys at 2K do such an amazing job. It’s such a realistic game you feel you are watching ‘Monday Night Raw,’ but you have control over everything that is happening. It’s trippy.”
The rule-bender, whose real name is ironically enough Jonathan Good, is among the tremendous success stories within WWE’s developmental system. Ambrose impressed officials on the independent scene working for promotions like Combat Zone Wrestling, Dragon Gate USA and Jersey All Pro Wrestling. He joined Florida Championship Wrestling and began his WWE career in 2011. It didn’t take long for the renegade to join the main roster with his fellow Shield brothers Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. He left FCW just as it was evolving into NXT.
“I kind of miss that whole NXT thing,” Ambrose said. “When I was there it was Florida Championship Wrestling with Seth Rollins and the other guys who were there. I wrestled on like local access Florida TV in front of 30 people. It was a tiny little situation. I felt like we were distanced from the rest of the company. We felt we were on an island that WWE didn’t even know we existed. That gave us the chip on our shoulder.
“That gave us the motivation when we got there and the attitude we needed to take over WWE when we did. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It’s great for those guys. Now they don’t have to worry about being on an island wondering if anyone knows them. They have their own TV show every week. They get to go on tour and travel. They get to be their own brand. It’s like a whole other brand of WWE. It’s just like a shoot-off of Raw or SmackDown.”
An interview conducted during the European tour, Dean talks about what he likes to do in his spare time, the music he enjoys, how he prefers to travel and who named his finisher ‘Dirty Deeds’. Check it out!