When it comes to wrestling, Paul "Triple H" Levesque has just about accomplished it all. He's won the gold over a dozen times. He's grappled with some of the biggest stars in the industry from "Nature Boy" Ric Flair to Hulk Hogan. He's been arguably the most consistent draw in the business for over a decade, a creative force behind the scenes, and stands as the only person who can shout "suck it" to thousands of people, and have them cheer with appreciation.
Conquering the wrestling world is one thing; winning over multiplex audiences is another. Yet, that's what the man they call "The Game" is aiming to do this month. The star headlines his first film (he's appeared in others, notably "Blade: Trinity") along with "Modern Family" co-star Ariel Winter in a family-centric action comedy called "The Chaperone." In the movie, which will be released by WWE Films on Feb. 18, Triple H stars as an ex-con who tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter by chaperoning a school trip of hers.
Playing daddy is nothing new for the wrestler. He and his wife Stephanie McMahon have three young daughters, and the star said this film allowed him to flex some of those paternal muscles. I met Triple H in New York City on Feb. 10, and discussed his family life, acting in general, and his life inside the WWE ring and behind the media juggernaut. I also asked him what it's like having WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as a father-in-law, and whether or not Internet rumors that "Mr. McMahon" plans on giving him the family business.
"The Chaperone" and Vince McMahon:
On taking over for Vince and WWE Films growth:
"Time To Play The Game?"
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