A professional wrestling star has been pulled from a leading role in the latest film in “The Marine” franchise, following complaints from real Marines about his own military record.
According to wrestling website Figure Four Online, Randy Orton had been set to star in “Marine: Homefront,” a film produced by World Wrestling Entertainment’s movie production arm.
But some real-life Marines complained about the casting of Orton, who prior to his wrestling career reportedly went AWOL while serving in the Marines and was dishonorably discharged, even doing a stretch in a military prison. This led to WWE Films dropping him from the role.
The film was a planned sequel to “The Marine,” which came out in 2006 and starred another WWE wrestler, John Cena. A followup, “The Marine 2,” starred wrestler Ted DiBiase, Jr., and was released direct-to-DVD in 2009.