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Old 03-30-2007, 05:49 PM
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Waiting to be Condemned




WWE fans lined up around the block outside Detroit’s Fox Theatre for hours awaiting the largest movie premiere of the century. Fans have flocked from all over the U.S. and the world, from right here in Detroit to North Carolina, Philadelphia and beyond to be the first to see Stone Cold’s WWE Films debut in The Condemned.

“I can’t wait to see The Condemned,” said Tom Chillemi, who made the trek from New York for WrestleMania weekend. “This is the first WWE film I’ve seen, and I think it will kick ass.”

Fellow New Yorker Avery Feldman added that “The Marine was great, but I think The Condemned will be awesome.”

Jonathan Golich from nearby Dearborn, Mich., said he loved both The Marine and See No Evil, but is most excited for Stone Cold’s film.

“I’m really excited; I think Stone Cold is a great actor. He was awesome in his previous films (such as The Longest Yard), and I think he’ll do even better in this one. I’m expecting a kickass movie!”

Michelle Perlman came from Philadelphia for WrestleMania weekend, and is somewhat of a WWE Films premiere veteran.

“I saw See No Evil the day it came out and The Marine too, and now I’m here for the world premiere of The Condemned…I can’t wait!” she exclaimed. “I'm expecting a kick ass, take no names movie. He’s always been a badass in the ring, and he was great in The Longest Yard, so put them together and it’ll be awesome.”

So how will Stone Cold fare in his first leading role?

“I think Stone Cold is going to give both Kane and John Cena a run for their money at the box office,” said Chuck Grandmason, who won his tickets this morning at the Fan Axxess Tour inside Ford Field. Added Hal Dworkis, “he’s headlined WrestleMania, and now it’s time to take the box office by storm.”

A few folks even said they knew The Condemned would be a summer blockbuster, but perhaps Adam Pearson said it best:

“Stone Cold Steve Austin…when I think of him, I think of one of the greatest Superstars ever. He’s going to open up a can of whoop-ass, and I hope there’s going to be a bunch of people getting their asses whipped.”

Thousands of excited fans will be filing into Fox Theatre momentarily for the premiere. Will they be satisfied? As Stone Cold would say, “OH HELL YEAH!” And that’s the bottom line…



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I can't wait to see Austin in this movie. He's already a solid actor and this will be right up his alley. Kickin' ass!!
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Old 03-30-2007, 06:51 PM
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I agree. This movie looks really good.
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Old 03-31-2007, 12:26 PM
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Condemned premieres big




Hell wasn’t the only thing raised in Detroit’s Fox Theatre at The Condemned world premiere tonight. At the conclusion of the latest release from WWE Films, the entire audience of WWE fans in the jam-packed theater raised to their feet, cheering wildly and waving their middle fingers in the air for Jack Conrad a.k.a. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

An appreciative Austin made a surprise appearance after the movie and addressed all those in attendance.

“To the WWE fans, the Stone Cold fans,” he said, “you’ve always supported me…from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you.”

After that, there was only one thing left for Austin and the packed crowd at Fox Theatre: beer crackin’.

Just minutes after the floor of “The Fox” was drenched in hops, suds and crushed aluminum cans, WWE.com spoke with President of WWE Films, Joel Simon.

“This is one of the most spectacular… one of the biggest events I’ve ever been to,” described an ecstatic Simon. “It was fantastic. Listen to the audience’s response…they responded to everything. It was an absolutely incredible event.”

Director of The Condemned Scott Wiper was astounded by the turnout and the throng of 5,000 supportive WWE fans.

“Whether you’re a novelist, a filmmaker, a painter, sculptor…I’m always a believer that you want to share what you do with people,” explained Wiper. “And there’s no greater moment then when finally you work on something for a year-and-a-half and you can unveil it to a group of rowdy fans.”

Of course, the Austin-crazed WWE fans in attendance had plenty to say about Stone Cold’s performance, and the innovation brought to the big screen by WWE Films.

“The whole damn movie was great,” exclaimed Tony Belcuore. “The fight scenes, the explosions…everything was awesome. I’m definitely going to own this movie when it comes out on DVD, and I’ll go back and see it in theaters.”

Belcuore’s sister had a similar opinion.

“I thought it was absolutely awesome,” said Gina Belcuore. “All WWE movies have been phenomenal, but Stone Cold did great. I liked how he kept coming back and kicking ass. It couldn’t have been better!”

One WWE fan came a very, very long way to enjoy the festivities of WrestleMania week and the premiere of Austin’s film.

“I came from Israel to see WrestleMania and The Condemned,” said Rom Ungr. “I loved it. If I could tell the WWE fans one thing about the movie: Awesome.”

One WWE fan was surprised by the underlying message weaved into the plot of The Condemned.

“The movie was interesting from a societal perspective,” Gerard Bonner said. “I thought it was an incredible movie, and it was a role that perfectly fit [Austin]. The crowd went crazy whenever he went on the screen. It’s a quality film. Stone Cold: Great job. WWE Films: God bless you!”

The resonating impact of this premiere is something that another WWE fan, Daniel Brehmer will feel for some time to come.

“It was crazy in here tonight,” Brehmer said. “The concept of the movie was sweet too. I’ve been waiting for a movie like this.”


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