Dean Muhtadi, formerly known as Mojo Rawley in WWE, recently spoke with Sports Illustrated to promote his role in the new "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins" movie.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On getting the role: “I didn’t know anything about the role or the shooting schedule, but I was all in,” says Muhtadi. “I accepted it on the spot.”
On the scene: “It was like if I had a 30-second segment in WWE. Even when I had limited time, I wanted to leave you with something you could remember. I wanted to make the most of what I was given, and it was easy because I was so blown away by Henry Golding’s athleticism. Snake Eyes was an exciting opportunity, and I wanted to maximize it. I’m so hyped about it. I learned so much from Robert Schwentke, the director, and I did my best to keep the energy level high. I’ve never had a day like it. I was so sore the day after, which made it feel even more rewarding.”
On Rob Gronkowski: “I’m grateful we had our WrestleMania moment together a few years ago in Florida,” says Muhtadi. “You need fans for Robbie G; he feeds off that energy. Those empty-arena shows were tough for us. Everyone was doing their best, but this is a business built on crowd interaction. We had some really cool plans set up for WWE, but it was a golden opportunity for him in Tampa with the Bucs. Then he got to go off and win a Super Bowl with a new team in Year 1, so it all worked out for him.”
Check out the complete interview at SI.com.
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