People are talking about the Oppenheimer film a lot these days. But WWE still has a connection to the Christopher Nolan blockbuster. Despite the fact that there are no WWE stars in the film, one of the key actors used to be a wrestler.
The movie Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan in 2023, stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer. Other famous actors like Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., and Matt Damon are also part of the film. Interestingly, WWE is connected to the movie through Florence Pugh, who plays Jean Tatlock in the film.
Connection between Oppenheimer and WWE
In the movie “Fighting With My Family,” Florence Pugh portrayed Paige, a former WWE wrestler. The film, directed by Stephen Merchant in 2019, had Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as one of the producers and also starred him. The movie tells the story of Saraya-Jade Bevis and her family, who are involved in wrestling.
Paige stopped wrestling for the company in Stamford in 2022 and is now with AEW, where she goes by the name Saraya. She took a short break in 2018 due to a neck injury but made a comeback to the ring after joining All Elite Wrestling in September of the previous year.
Florence Pugh on becoming a WWE Superstar
Becoming a superstar takes a lot of time and effort, so it’s not something everyone can do. However, the actor in the Oppenheimer movie, after getting ready for the role, has only gratitude for the sport.
In a talk with Entertainment Weekly, Pugh claimed that she wasn’t a fan of wrestling when she was young and didn’t know much about it. However, she became a fan after going through the training, getting ready, and performing in front of a live audience.
“All of the wrestling training and all of the preparation was gearing up to that scene. It was terrifying, but so exhilarating. Everyone’s cheering or booing for everything you do, and you’re just totally in it. In that moment, I completely understood what it was like to want to wrestle, to go up there every night and feel like a superhuman for about eight minutes. You’re invincible,” she said.