WWE superstar The Miz enjoys the holidays, especially these holidays, since he is featured in one of its newest movies.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and WWE Studios present outrageous holiday fun when Santa’s Little Helper -- starring Mike The Miz Mizanin -- arrives on DVD and Digital HD on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
“I really liked this movie,” Miz said. “We screened it about a month ago, and it screened so well. Some of the people who worked on [the movie] brought their kids to the screening, and to listen to the kids laughing at parts and observing how people reacted to the movie was so much fun for me. It makes all the hard work worth it.”
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His wife, former WWE Diva Maryse, attended the screening with him.
“Maryse actually said this was her favorite movie that I’ve done, which I was pretty happy to hear, because she usually doesn’t like anything,” Miz said. “Obviously, she likes all my movies. At least that’s what she tells me. What a good wife. Right.”
Well, Maryse is also in the movie, so that could sway her opinion, but Maryse is right. Santa’s Little Helper is a good, fun holiday movie.
Ho-ho-hold on tight for holiday hijinks in this hilarious family comedy also starring AnnaLynne McCord (Nip/Tuck, Dallas, American Heiress, 90210) and WWE Diva Paige in her movie debut.
During Florida Supercon in the summer in Miami, Paige discussed the movie at a fan Q&A: “It was great. I play the bad guy against The Miz, which is great, because me and The Miz are always arguing, like brother and sister.
“[Making a movie] was an amazing feeling. I haven’t really done acting before. I did stunt [work] back in the day. It was definitely a crazy, new experience. I loved it. The director [Gil Junger] was great. The actors, AnnaLynne McCord, I had a lot of help.
“And actually, Miz was a sweetheart...He’s a really nice guy, and he helped me a lot.”
The Miz, who completed his fourth movie, said: “I gave her the advice I was given on my first movie. Just to be natural and have fun. When you’re doing a movie, it’s supposed to be fun. Know your lines, know your character, be natural and have fun.”
“I was really impressed with how good Paige did,” Miz added. “She did very, very well. The first time that she had a scene with us she was on point and really brought that character to life. She did a great job.”
His mom, Barb, is his biggest fan, and his dad, George, owner of the now famous Mr. Hero sandwich shop (Ridge Road and Denison Avenue in Parma, Ohio) is his biggest critic.
“ As a kid growing up in Parma, Ohio, and going to movies with my dad all the time,” Miz recalled, “now I’m actually able to be in movies and have my dad critique me on these movies, even though he’s never done a movie in his entire life is hysterical to me.
“He tells me what I do wrong in WWE as well. I’m like, ‘Dad, you never wrestled before. You’ve never been in the ring.’”
Dad says, “Yea but I watch, and as a fan, here’s what I think.”
Miz replies, “Now you’re one of those guys on the Internet who rips apart everything.”
His father isn’t the only critic Miz knows.
“I usually get memes from friends taking pictures from it and then putting a meme on it, making fun of me somehow, someway, but also saying good job,” Miz said. “Your friends always have to make fun of you, no matter what. That’s just a given. I get a lot of texts, a lot of memes, Instagram, Facebook, everything from fans, from friends, from family members.
“It’s always nice to get feedback, especially when they’re coming from an honest side. ‘Hey, I really liked the movie. I like this part and this part and this part. It was fun, and could you hook me up with Paige.’ [Miz chuckles] ‘AnnaLynne McCord is really pretty. Can you hook me up?’”
Boys will be boys.
Mom on the other hand.
“Mom loves everything I do,” he continued. “Every Monday I get a text after [Raw] ‘You did awesome.’ I’m like, ‘Thanks mom.’”
Mom now has a new favorite holiday movie. Miz noted his favorite holiday movie -- other than his own.
“‘A Christmas Story,’” Miz answered, “anything set in Cleveland you gotta love.”
Of course, Miz likes his holiday movies best. In 2013, he and Francia Raisa co-starred in “Christmas Bounty,” a fun ABC Family TV holiday special in conjunction with WWE Studios. He also starred in WWE Studios action films “The Marine 3: Homefront” and “The Marine 4: Moving Target.”
Miz said: “I’ve mainly played good guys in movies, which is weird, because I’ve been a bad guy in my entire WWE career. I’m just having fun with it, whether I’m a good guy [in movies] or bad guy [in WWE], I’m just enjoying it.”
Miz, 35, would enjoy doing a horror movie.
He said: “I think everybody’s always wanted to be killed by Freddy Krueger.”
Movie making of any genre is a process.
“It’s continually doing movies where you learn a lot,” Miz said. “Every movie I try to take away as much as possible to learn, try to be a sponge, take it all in. Each movie I try to do that much better. With the experience, you gain that much confidence, and with that confidence, I feel like you make better movies.
“So I feel [Santa’s Little Helper] is going to be something that people are really going to enjoy. With the fireplace going, maybe a Christmas tree or something from whatever holiday you celebrate, the decorations up, you sit down on the couch with the family, and you watch and you enjoy.”
Miz works with acting coach Allan McRae.
“Every time I do a movie he helps me out,” Miz said. “We read together, and he’s trying to hone my craft to do well.”
WWE also helps.
“Being in front of the camera, being in front of a live audience gets you really comfortable for any kind of setting,” Miz said. “I’m used to people chanting I suck, while I’m talking on the microphone, but when I go do a movie, I don’t have a guy chanting I suck. So it’s nice not having those distractions, when you’re concentrating on your part in your scenes and on your lines.
“WWE prepares you for everything -- not just in movies but in life.”
About Santa’s Little Helper
After losing his job, a slick-talking businessman (The Miz) is given the chance of a lifetime—to be Santa’s second-in-command. But to earn the coveted position, he’ll have to wage an outrageous battle against a scheming elf (Paige) who wants the gig for herself.
Santa’s Little Helper Special Features
The Santa’s Little Helper DVD is stocked full of behind-the-scenes featurettes that are sure to bring holiday cheer. In the Ho Ho Ho, cast and crew members give their own accounts of the job of Santa’s official helper and what goes on behind-the-scenes in his workshop.
Other featurettes offer fans a profile on WWE Diva Paige as well as additional interviews with the cast and crew as they discuss what the holidays mean to them and the greatest gifts they ever received.
· Ho Ho Ho – In Santa’s Little Helper the “Ho Ho Ho” is Santa’s right hand man. But what exactly does this job entail? Cast and crew talk about the “Ho Ho Ho’s” duties and what really goes on behind-the-scenes of Santa’s workshop when the deadline for the big day is looming.
· Introducing Paige – WWE Diva Paige has had quite a year. She debuted on Monday Night Raw just over a year ago and in that time has been WWE Divas Champion twice, become a star on the E! hit series Total Divas and is acting in her first ever movie. Through interviews with the cast, the director and of course Paige herself, fans get an in-depth look at how she prepared for, and successfully executed, her role as Eleanor.
· Holiday Cast & Crew – A fun behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew, talking about what the holidays mean to them and the greatest gifts they ever received.
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