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Steve Austin Says Superstar Billy Graham is the Original "Stone Cold"

Posted By James Walsh on 09/07/17


Steve Austin appeared on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 1,2,360 podcast and discussed Superstar Billy Graham, his acting work and more. The video and highlights are below:


On Superstar Billy Graham: “He was at another level in a different world. Big props to Superstar because really, he was the first Stone Cold because when Senior (Vince McMahon Sr.) was running the promotion he was a white hot heel who transitioned himself into a baby (face), but senior didn’t really know what to do with him.”


On hitching a ride with Barry Windham: “Windham looks over at me and goes, ‘kid, who you riding with?’ I said, ‘I don’t know man. Guess I’ll just get a Rent-A-Car.’ He goes, ‘Why don’t you ride with us?’ I said, ‘Well cool.’ Got in the car, it was a Cadillac. A brand new Cadillac Four Star V8. I never sat in a Cadillac, much less drove one. Barry goes, ‘Kid, you want to drive?’ I said, ‘Well sure.’ So we’re going down the highway somewhere in the south; Florida or Georgia, somewhere like that. And we’re going down the road and I’m just looking at all the gadgets you know. The speedometer and all that stuff and I veer off the road and I jerk it back and it was kind of scary because I was going about 70mph. And Barry the king of the no sell, looks at me like this (WTF) ‘You okay kid?’


On The Ultimate Warrior: “I had a few phone conversations with him after he changed his name to Warrior. I am talking to him on the phone and I am thinking, “Hey, Warrior” [ laughs}. I feel like a mark, well I am calling him Warrior… here’s Warrior, I know his name is Jim … and I am waiting for him to say, ‘Steve, man, just call me Jim,’ and he never did.”


On if he would act in a Rock-produced film: “I’m so proud of The Rock and everything he has done. I don’t like to memorize anything. Would I consider it? Yes.”


On his work in The Longest Yard: “When I watched The Longest Yard back, I was mad because I could have toned it down with a few scenes I had with Kevin Nash. I was yelling at the top of my voice and I thought, ‘Man, why didn’t the director call me and say, Steve, that’s a level 10 of intensity. Why don’t you start a level 2 or 3?’ Direct me a little bit. I’m not faulting the guy, I was just a guy.”