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Interview: Mick Foley Chats About Transitioning From Wrestling to Acting (and Writing)

Mick Foley

Mick Foley may seem like an unlikely renaissance man, but he’s a renaissance man, nonetheless. A former superstar in professional wrestling, he also became a New York Times bestselling author during his pro wrestling career, penning the first of what would be a series of well-received memoirs. Anyone who hasn’t read Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks definitely should, regardless of an interest in wrestling. He’s also authored two incredible novels, with Tietam Brown being an all-time favorite book of mine (Scooter is excellent, too). Not only that, Foley has become an underrated character actor, with a nice little turn last year in The Peanut Butter Falcon being especially of note. Now, he’s got a juicy part in the black comedy 12 Hour Shift, coming out this weekend. Last week, the legendary performer got on the phone with me for a quick discussion about acting, writing, and keeping sane during the pandemic.

Below you’ll find my conversation with Mick Foley, which was an absolute pleasure for yours truly. Foley was charming, gregasrious, and incredibly easy to talk to. He’s one of those guys who just seems to be a good egg. Especially these days, that’s in short order. After listening to that disgrace of a Presidential Debate last night, this laughter-filled and pleasurable chat should deserve as a tonic. That’s my wish to you all in these troubled times. As a reminder, 12 Hour Shift is in theaters and On Demand this Friday, so check Foley out in it. Also, go look up his books. You seriously won’t regret it. Now, on to the main event…

Enjoy my interview with Mick Foley below. It’s a good one, if I do say so myself!

Mick Foley
Mick Foley

12 Hour Shift is in theaters and On Demand this Friday, October 2nd!

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