ActionFest premiered the first movie starring WWE Diva Trish Stratus. In Bail Enforcers, Stratus plays Jules Taylor, a bounty hunter who uses a combination of Krav Maga and traditional body slams to take down bail dodgers. Director Patrick McBrearty benefited from Stratus’ experience, because she and her costars could choreograph the movie’s fight scenes on the fly.
“I’ll tell you a little secret, the gentleman that I fought in the beginning in the gym, he’s actually a pro wrestler as well,” Stratus said. “This is what wrestlers do. Patrick was nervous because he was like, ‘Aren’t you guys going to get together?’ I’m like, ‘No, this is what we do.’ We produce our own moments out there. We do it live, we do it in one take and we have our go to things that we do and we know when to hit it. So it was kind of cool to bring that out and do it like that.”
Except for a Wrestlemania match involving Snooki, Stratus is retired from the ring. She is currently cohosting “Tough Enough” with Steve Austin, the reality show where the WWE looks for the next Superstar. Or Diva. It’s anyone’s game.
“A girl or boy could win this,” Stratus said. “It’s interesting, we put them in these scenarios where we’re testing their physical strength, their abilities, but we’re also putting them in life lesson scenarios where we want to see if they take the lessons learned on the mat and apply it to the real world scenario because it’s a real all-encompassing job. Obviously the WWE, sometimes you’re on the road for 300 days of the year. You’ve got to love it, you’ve got to eat, sleep and breathe it so it’s definitely a test to have these kids come out and we whoop their butts every single day. Then we send them off to a mansion and see how they hang out with each other and how they all get along and that’s also a test for them as well.”
“Tough Enough” is back after nearly a decade off with an all new production. “Obviously a huge draw is Stone Cold Steve Austin. I think seeing him in this role is something fans haven’t seen yet. He’s really engaging and he’s really riveting and I think that final scene with the bottom three is really good television. The production as well is different from the first ‘Tough Enough.’ It’s a whole other production. They came from ‘The Contender’ as well as ‘The Apprentice’ so a lot of that production people, and you can just tell it’s top notch. So I think that’s the lure and just watching kids vying for their dreams. You see it on ‘American Idol’ and you get these people who are passionate about what they do and they’re going after their dreams. Hopefully one of them will get there.”