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Pro wrestler ready for first acting role

April 22, 2001

Pro wrestler ready for first acting role



By TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Body slamming guys wasn't enough for The Mighty Biggs. The local pro wrestler has taken his size and strength to the silver screen.

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The Mighty Biggs, who is keeping his real name a secret, left Sunday for Europe to begin filming "Cremaster 3," an independent movie directed by Matthew Barney and produced by Glacier Field of New York. The movie has about a $2 million budget, he said.

Biggs, a 7-foot, 505-pound wrestler for the Hagerstown-based National Wrestling League, is playing the part of Cucullion, an evil Scottish giant that battles a good Irish giant, Fin M'Coul. Biggs said the story is based on the children's book, "Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill."

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"Cremaster 3" is one of a five part series that was shot out of sequence. It is the last movie in the series.

The movie will be shot in Glasgow, Scotland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. He said he'll shoot some scenes in the water and in caves wearing a kilt and make-up.

He'll return to Hagerstown the first week of May. The movie will be shown at independent film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes International Film Festival.

"I was really excited," Biggs, 30, said of first learning of the movie offer. "I've never done anything on television or in the movies."

"He shocked me," said his mother, Momma Biggs. "I work nights, and he woke me up to tell me. I'm excited for him."

She said his two sons, Michael, 9, and Christopher, 7, are also looking forward to their father's movie debut.

"They're tickled to death," she said.

Biggs said the production company contacted the NWL about two weeks ago after seeing a picture of him on its Web site. The company had been searching for a large man to play the role of Cucullion.

A few days later, he made the trip to Manhattan to be outfitted and have castings of his head and teeth done.

When he arrived, however, the production crew was caught a little off guard.

"Because I'm so big, they had to redo some of the props and make the doorways a little bigger," Biggs said.

He also said the company had to purchase an extra plane ticket for his trips to Scotland and Ireland and back.

"I don't fit in a regular airplane seat," he said. "They had to buy two seats."

Biggs, who has held several NWL title belts, said he's not too nervous about being in front of the cameras. He hopes his experience in front of screaming wrestling fans will help ease the transition.

"It's kind of like the same thing," he said. "I don't think it'll be too different.

Biggs was born in Hagerstown and went to North Hagerstown High School. Before he got into wrestling, he worked as a bouncer in bars.

John Rambo, booker and instructor for the NWL/House of Pain Wrestling Federation, will be keeping updates of Biggs's movie venture at www.nwlwrestling.com. Biggs's next NWL show will be on May 18 at 7 p.m. at the Fort Detrick Indoor Sports Complex in Frederick, Md. The show will feature former WWF star Jerry "The King" Lawler and Miss Stacy.

Biggs said he hopes he receives more movie or television offers in addition to continuing wrestling.

He credits Rambo and NWL President Dick Caricofe for the movie opportunity.

He's also traveled the East Coast and made trips to Los Angeles and Hollywood as part of the NWL.

"Thanks to wrestling, I've been able to get a little bit of everywhere," he said. "Without them, I would never have gotten this chance. They helped me so much."

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