Articles & Notes — July 29, 2013 at 12:22 am

Former wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts planning career comeback with new film

jake-robertsFormer professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts is gearing up for his career comeback after being sober for almost a year, EOnline reported.

The former WWE star appears to be completely sober, and while his famous days as a wrestler may be over for good, he isn’t finished with being in the spotlight.

The 58-year-old is currently working on a new film titled “Heavy Water”. The film is in the funding stages right now and is looking for financial backing on the fundraising site Kickstarter.

Roberts is slated to play the role of Jed, who acts as a paternal figure to the lead role, River.

According to the movie’s Kickstarter page, “Jake’s experience as a professional wrestler translated into strong performances and brought a powerful presence to his character. His ability to improvise, take direction, and become the character shines through in his depiction of Jed.”

Back in May 2013, the representative of Roberts said that former wrestler started taking acting classes, preparing himself for the career in movies.

Jake, the son of wrestler Grizzly Smith, first stepped into the ring in 1983, making his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1986. He is best known for bringing snakes into his fights with him, most notably a python named Damien.

Jake invented the famous DDT move accidentally during a match, which revolutionized the game from that point forward. While many guessed that the move stood for “Drop Dead Twice,” Jake has never confirmed what the acronym meant.

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the golden boy of wrestling. Jake has reportedly struggled with substance abuse issues for many years and in 2008 completed a voluntary stint in rehabilitation.

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