Monday, March 18, 2013

Feuding Over Movies: Where's David Otunga?

David Otunga in "The Call"
Photo by WWE Studios
By Chad Smart
@chadsmart & @my123cents on Twitter

Based on events over the past couple of weeks, The Miz and Wade Barrett are feuding over which WWE Superstar is in the better movie or which one is the better actor. Or maybe they’re feuding over what is the better movie snack. For those that aren’t aware, The Miz is the lead actor in the latest WWE Films direct to DVD movie The Marine 3. Wade Barrett plays Henchman #4 in the theatrical release Dead Man Down starring Colin Farrell and Terrance Howard.  Neither man should really be crowning himself the next Dwayne Johnson based on these projects.

Wade Barrett & The Miz argue
Photo courtesy: WWE
I have not seen any of the Marine movies so I can’t really comment on The Miz’s performance. Though, I will say, bragging about being a star in a movie that may already be in the discount bin at Wal-Mart isn’t saying much.  I did see Dead Man Down and thought it was good, but too slow paced.  The big shocker though is that the newest addition to the WWE Films library is also one of their best. 

The Call, starring Halle Berry opened this past weekend and placed number 2 at the box office with an estimated $18 million. While the previews had me thinking this would be an uninspired paint by numbers action movie, it turned out to be a pretty tense thriller.  The bigger surprise was the actor playing the partner of the main cop, who knew David Otunga was a good actor? I initially didn’t recognize him because he wasn’t wearing a bowtie or holding a thermos of coffee.

Otunga serves as backup
Photo courtesy: WWE Studios
Now don’t start thinking Otunga stole the movie, as his role was only slightly bigger than Wade Barrett’s role in Dead Man Down. Even so, if there’s going to be a feud over who’s the better C-level actor in WWE today, then David Otunga should come out on RAW tonight and demand an Intercontinental title shot at Wrestlemania. 

There have been some feuds started over odd happenings (Edge/Booker T. fought over a Japanese shampoo commercial, Chris Jericho/Kane fought after Jericho spilled coffee on Kane) but I think feuding over who is the better actor in a movie few people know about and less people saw has to be up there with some of the flimsiest reasons to fight. 

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