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HBK TO THE BSR…

Well, folks…. It’s good to be home here in Los Angeles. The weather has been fantastic. This weekend is supposed to be sunny and hot. It is a nice change from the cold weather in Vancouver. I’m finally starting to get over whatever it was I had during the last few days of filming. It’s also nice to get back in the gym on a regular basis. It was hard to get to the gym while shooting. Still in the process of leaning out.
Recoil, my latest movie, was released on DVD on March 6. I did radio promo stuff on the 7th. Word on the street has been pretty strong. Lots of feedback on my Twitter account @steveaustinBSR. Thanks.
It looks like the Austin Clan is headed to the Broken Skull Ranch next week. We will stay for 10-14 days and return to L.A. I have a few things in the works, and I need to be here to take care of business.
I talked to the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, (@ShawnMichaels) this morning. Looks like Shawn and his film crew will be coming down to the BSR to film a hog/turkey/varmint hunt for his hunting show, Macmillan River Adventures. I look forward to visiting and hunting with him. Shawn and I ran in two different packs while we were in WWE, but have always maintained a friendship and respect for one another. It will be good to just hang out and hunt. The competitive nature and environment of putting everything on the line to be a top guy in WWE no longer exists for either one of us. It will be cool just to sit around and trade some war stories. As I have previously stated, I am a huge fan of Shawn’s work. I am sure we will find some success in our hunting endeavor, but as anyone who has hunted knows…There are no guarantees! And that’s what makes hunting so challenging, unpredictable, and fun.
On another note, I have a creative meeting tomorrow for BSR Gear. It is just around the corner, folks. First things available will be T-shirts. Hats, beer coozies, hoodies, jewelry, etc. will follow shortly thereafter. There will also be a select number of BSR Championship Belts made by the Ace of Belts, Dave Millican as well. I will post info on the website and my Twitter account ASAP on when the gear has arrived.

Steve Austin

P.S. If there is some kind of gear you would like to see, please send me your suggestions and ideas.

That’s A Wrap

It is Monday, March 5.  My pickup today is 3pm.  It’s gonna be a long day at the office as we have some exterior shots and the last major fight scene of the movie.  It’s a beautiful sunny day right now in Vancouver.  That will all change as tonights fight scene happens in the rain.  I expect to finish around 4-4:30 in the morning.  Gonna be a cold one…

For the last few days I have been battling the flu and strep throat.  Feeling somewhat better today but still a bit lethargic so I skipped the gym and cardio this morning.  Gonna save my energy for tonight.  From what I understand, this bug has been making the rounds lately.  Not much you can do about it, just ride it out and let it run its course.  So anyhoo…This has been a very intense shoot.  Lots of fights and gunplay.  This movie is more in line with my vision of what kind of movies I want to do in the future.  And I will elaborate more on that in the very near future.  The director on this movie, Jesse V. Johnson, has done a tremendous job.  Definitely an awesome director with a very bright future.  Everyone involved in this movie has been wonderful to work with.  Dolph Lundgren finished a week ago.  Mike Dopud, my partner in the movie finished last week.  Thanks, Mike…You are most definitely a talented actor and a complete riot to hang around.  Your mentality would have made you a great professional wrestler…Yes, I mean that in a good way.  Scott Atteah and Paul Wu did a great job in coordinating stunts and fighting.  And of course my old buddy Paul Lazenby made it through another endeavor completely unscathed and injury free…I hope that doesn’t jinx us tonite.

I head back to Los Angeles tomorrow afternoon.  I’m looking forward to being at home and enjoying the sunshine.  And of course Hershey and I will jump in the Bronco and take a few laps to patrol the streets and fight crime…But that’s another story for another time.  I have meetings set up upon my return and then the Austin Clan will head to the Broken Skull Ranch for some R&R for a week or two.  The bar should be almost completed and I want to finish hanging my neon lights and signs.  There are a few other projects that are going on at the ranch that I want to get completed as well.  And also with my return to L.A., I am going to implement the Q and A section to the website.  And that, my friends, is about it.  Gotta prepare for work and finalize my packing…I’m ready to go home.

Steve Austin

Speaking of Tough…

Well, another day on set has come to an end.  Lots of gunfire today and tomorrow a high dose of brutality in the form of a heavy duty fist fight.  This movie has more action than probably all the movies I’ve done put together.  The director, Jesse V. Johnson is doing an awesome job.  I will no doubt work with this guy again, if I’m lucky.  He is going to very high places in this business.  The cast and crew have been top notch.  Everybody on set works their asses off and the whole place feels like a family to me.  Lots of the locations have been inside, but all of the locations have been pretty cold.  Vancouver has a kind of damp cold that settles in your bones and seems to chill you from the inside out.  Nothing too brutal, but it’s always nice to thaw out in a long hot shower afterward.

I tweeted out a pic earlier of myself and my stunt double Paul Lazenby(@MaulerMMA on twitter).  People immediately ask–You mean you don’t do all of your own stunts???  Hell no, I don’t.  I do the bulk of the fights and I do all of the ‘safe’ action stuff.  The tough, dangerous stuff, I leave to Paul.  He’s a pro and that’s what he does.  That’s what all stuntmen do.  That’s what they thrive on…Helping their guy look like a million bucks.  You will probably be hard pressed to find some actors admitting they have a stunt double, let alone two or three of them.  I have no problem whatsoever letting my stunt double do his job.  I made 15 years in the business of Professional Wrestling.  I did all my own ‘stunts’.  I took all of the bumps.  I don’t have a need to act like a tough guy.  My body of work and my list of injuries speak for themselves.  My ability to work ‘hurt’ and through the pain was something I was always proud of.  And I’m not blowing my own horn.  They’re were lots of tough guys in the business.  Mick Foley, Undertaker, HHH, and Ric Flair immediately come to mind.  And basically to be in the squared circle at all meant you were tougher than most human beings.  By the time you figure in working through the injuries, the travel, and life on the road, you had better be tough or you just flat out wouldn’t make it.  And I’m only speaking of being tough physically.  If you weren’t mentally tough there was no way you could make it…But that’s a whole other story for a whole other day.  Back to the movie business.  There are some days where Paul doesn’t have to do too much.  And on a day where I’m fighting my ass off, Paul watches my style and technically advises me as to how to make my punches, etc. read as good as possible for camera.  Other days he’s working his ass off.  It may be fighting, falling, getting blown in the air from an explosion, anything…That’s what Paul does.  I think this is the 6th movie Paul and I have worked together on.  In the first movie Damage, we were fighting each other, and I got too close with a left hook and broke his nose.  Pushed it over to the side of his face about a half inch.  Paul looked at me and said “keep going!”  Totally my fault and something you never want to do…But, accidents happen on the set.  Luckily Paul has a tremendous sense of humor and is tougher than nails.  Five minutes later, after I apologized twenty times, we were laughing about it. It’s been a couple years now and he still hasn’t given me a receipt.  I’m still waiting…I know he’s too professional to give me a receipt, but I know I’m due for a hell of a rib one of these days.  Thanks, Paul!

So I am totally focused on this movie.  The name of the movie is The Package.  I am a debt collector by trade and to get out of a bind, I agree to deliver a package to a certain individual played by Dolph Lundgren.  There is a big twist that I will not ruin for you.  I am having a blast working on this movie.  My goal when I met Jesse was to make a bad ass action movie and have fun doing it.  Jesse had the same goal as I.  I think you’re gonna enjoy this one.  I will sign off for now.  I will bring you more updates about the ranch and some other very cool stuff I’m working on.  But right now I’m dialed in on this movie.  We have six days of filming left.  And after that I’m headed to the ranch…

Hang Tough

Steve Austin

 

Chill Day

Went antique shopping today and didn’t really see anything that caught my eye.  Walked about 4-5 miles though, so I got some exercise in. This evening I went over to Paul Lazenby’s crib and watched the UFC card.  Pretty good card.  Lazenby is picking me up in the morning for a round of antiquing a little further out of town.  We’ll see how it goes.  Today was a total rest and recuperation day.  Nothing crazy or exciting, just a nice chill day.  Since I’m also chilling my brain(yes, I have one) I’ll wrap this blog up as well.

Steve Austin

Unnamed Blog

I am typing this with blood on my knuckles and a cut above my left eye.  One of the fingers on my left hand is completely demolished.  My nose is broken and a black eye is welling up on my right cheek.  I ended the lives of two people this morning with a machine gun.  It was either me or them, and hey…That’s an easy decision to make.  RELAX FOLKS…IT’S JUST A MOVIE…IT’S. JUST. A. MOVIE…

I just finished lunch in my trailer.  Grilled chicken breasts and vegetables.  Catering on this flick has been wonderful.  We have a half day of work left.  That should be enough time to get a bust ass fight scene in between myself and bad ass martial artist and actor, Darren Shahiavi.  It’s either me or him…Someone is about to perish in yet another movie death here on set.  We are shooting indoors and that’s a good thing.  Outside it is damp, cold, and raining.  I’m hoping the rain lets off a little tomorrow as I am going to get out and do a little antique shopping.
Ok…Gotta go.  Lunch is over and I just got called into action.
It is now 12:47 am.  I got home from set, cooked a batch of spinach to satisfy my empty stomach and am now completing this blog.  I am making my way down in weight to sub 240.  I have something coming up that I would like to be a little leaner for.  Things are going well in the eating department.  I am on a strict regimen and am taking in no added salt to any foods.  All protein is coming from lean meat sources- chicken, fish, egg whites, and some extra lean ground beef.  Carbs are fairly low and fats are moderate to make up for the low carbs.  I am currently at 244.  I will keep you posted on the results.
The fight was completed in a brutal fashion and the cast and crew are off for the weekend.  It was a long week, and certainly a very good week of work.  The schedule on this flick has been a pretty good grind.  Lots of talented people involved and it has been extremely fun.  I plan to chill out tomorrow and hit the gym.  On Sunday my stunt double and friend Paul Lazenby, is picking me up at the hotel to hunt down some antiques.  I will keep you posted on the results.
Time to put this carcass to bed.
Steve Austin
PS. This is the first time I actually used a cut and paste feature on the computer…Proud of myself…So now I’m thinking I’ll start writing computer programs in my spare time…Maybe even invent a new computer…Later, folks.

…Same Broken Skull Channel

Today I got beat up a little, tortured for a while, then we took a lunch break, and then I got tortured some more,  and tomorrow…Someone is going to die a horrible, horrible death.  Relax, folks…It’s just a movie.  It was actually ok being tortured, all I had to do was sit there, tied to a chair, and sell like Big Show was hitting me with his working punch.  I’ve been fighting so much it was nice to take a break and be on the receiving end instead of the giving end…Wait, did I just say that??  Tomorrow it’s back to physicality with a more fighting and violence.  But it’s a nice kind of violence because with all of the torture and bloodshed, this is a G Rated family movie…Just kidding folks…This is going to border between a PG-13 and R Rating.  Either way there’s a lot of action.

I may be headed straight into another project if the business end of things works out.  If not, the Austin Clan will take a quick trip down to the Broken Skull Ranch for 10-14 days.  Shawn Michaels and I have been trying to get together for a hunt for the last year and this could be the opportunity to get it done.  Shawn has really taken to the outdoor world like a duck on a Junebug. Shawn’s show, MacMillan River Adventures has been a hit and when I spoke with Shawn in Las Vegas at the SHOT SHOW he was up for several awards.  Shawn’s success is not a surprise to me.  He’s extremely dedicated and motivated to be the best he can be at any endeavor he takes on in life.  He is the greatest in ring performer I have ever seen.  The fact that his talent and commitment transferred over from the squared circle to the world of hunting does not surprise me.  Shawn has segued from being the “Show Stopper” to the “Game Stopper”.  I’m proud of him and his success.

Anyhoo, that’s all I got.  I’ll catch you guys tomorrow.  Same Broken Skull Time…Same Broken Skull Channel.

Steve Austin

Here And There

Had a short day today after all the overtime yesterday.  I got to take a break from killing people and do an intimate scene with my movie wife.  It is  nice to finally be in a movie where my wife and children haven’t been brutally murdered by the bad guys in the beginning of the movie.  So it was a nice day at the office…And tomorrow we return to our normal programming of killing people…Killing more bad guys to be exact.  And not to give away any spoilers, but we ain’t killing ‘em with kindness, folks.  Lots of Ass Whoopin’s going on.

And on a Broken Skull Ranch note, Ricky and Ted are putting the final pieces together for the Kayfabe Bar down at the ranch.  If you watched Tough Enough you may have seen the neon sign hanging in my office.  The sign was made by my buddy Curtis, of Curtis Clocks in Burbank, CA.  The Kayfabe Bar is the name I picked as a cool name that pays homage to the business of professional Wrestling.  Yep, that’s right folks, I still call it Pro Wrestling.  Anyhoo, I can’t wait to get down to the ranch and give the bar a ‘test drive’. :-)

I am gonna shut down for the night, folks.  BSR Gear is in the works right now and will be available soon.  I am working on some more cool stuff I will share with you in the very near future.  I think you’re gonna dig it, it’s pretty bad ass stuff.

Signing off from the Vancouver Chapter of the BROKEN SKULL RANCH.

Steve Austin

 

Long Day At The Office

Was a 15 hour day…With that said…That’s all I got to say.

PS. Thanks to all the cast and crew for a hellacious work day.  Much appreciated.

Steve Austin

 

Austin vs Lundgren

Was a long day on set, folks.  Dialogue scenes with Dolph for half a day and then moved into action scenes that lead into tomorrows fight day with Dolph.  Dolph Is in tremendous condition and I feel pretty comfortable going into tomorrow’s work as long as he doesn’t have a flash back and say-”I must Break You.”  One of my fave movie lines of all time.

Anyway, this is a short blog…gotta rest up and find that can of Whoop Ass for tomorrow.

Steve Austin

Getting Smoked By a Smart Car

Well today was a pretty chill day.  Sundays are pretty relaxed in downtown Vancouver.  So I was doing all my normal stuff I normally do on my last day off…Wash clothes, workout, cook all of my meals, run my dialogue scenes, etc.  After I got done with everything I figured I’d go grab a few clothing items at the nearby Sears.  And as I was walking along, one of those damn Smart Cars runs through a red light right when I stepped off the curb into the road.  You know what a Smart Car is, right?  One of those little bitty tiny cars that 2 people can fit into and is supposed to get damn good mileage…I guess that’s why it’s “Smart”.   Now it wasn’t that close of a call, but it got me thinking…I do not sit around and ponder in what fashion I will one day meet my demise, but however I go, I damn sure don’t wanna die because I got run over by a damn Smart Car.  Cause that would really suck.  I don’t want people saying, Hey did you hear Stone Cold got killed?  Oh my God, what happened?  Well, the sumb!tch was working on a movie in Canada, went out to buy some underwear and got run over by a Smart Car…Aw c’mon…Really, what happened to him?  Dude, I’m telling you…He got smoked by a Smart Car…Underwear was falling out of the sky like confetti…Damnedest thing I ever saw…His last words were, “You gotta be ribbing me…”

Anyway, folks, it wasn’t that close of a call…And I’m not trying to be macho or nothing…But if I was to get sent up to that big wrestling ring in the sky by a vehicle..Please let it be a big ass, lifted 4×4, with big tires, and a loud exhaust system.  And make sure the tailgate says Ford, Chevy, or Dodge…

Steve Austin