From his wrestling days before, during and after The Four Horsemen through today, Ric Flair’s reputation for having a good time is as legendary as his pro wrestling career.
So it’s not much of a surprise to see fans across social media pushing for the Nature Boy to join the party in “The Hangover III.”
The movie -- starring Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and former WWE Monday Night Raw guest host Bradley Cooper -- begins shooting soon with a tentative May release.
Fellow WWE Hall of Famer Mike Tyson appeared in the first two installments of the smash comedy flick.
Social media has been abuzz about the notion of the multi-time world champ having a role in the film. The campaign was sparked by his appearance on the Abe Kanan Show, which airs on SiriusXM. Flair is touched by the support from fans around the world.
“Oh man, I love my fans,” Flair said via email. “So cool they started this whole campaign.”
Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FlairHangover was launched in support of Flair appearing in “The Hangover III” with nearly 5,000 likes in a matter of days. Twitter has been blowing up with tweets using #FlairHangover3. Flair is pretty open-minded when it comes to a potential part.
“I could play anything,” Flair said, “as long as I’m not the guy getting married.”
The Flair name continues in WWE as his daughter Ashley (@MsCharlotteWWE on Twitter) recently signed with WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling, featuring the superstars and divas of WWE NXT, in Tampa. Her brothers David and Reid pursued pro wrestling prior. Their father couldn’t be more proud.
“It’s my hope that people see that her accomplishments aren’t a result of me,” he said. “She’s worked extremely hard for this. It’s a very physically and mentally demanding business, and I really just couldn’t be more proud.”
• Follow Flair and support his campaign on Twitter @RicFlairNatrBoy and www.ricflair.com. To find out how to book the legend, contact his agents at Legacy Talent and Entertainment, www.legacytalentandentertainment.com.
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