#INTERVIEW: DAVID ARQUETTE ON “YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE”
By Amanda Gilmore
Documentary You Cannot Kill David Arquette which follows his comeback to wrestling 18-years after fans were angered by his 2000 WCW World Heavyweight Championship win. Arquette never meant to disrespect the sport or enrage fans and fellow wrestlers. He just wanted to play the sport he loved since childhood. So in 2018, he began his road to redemption in hopes to garner the fans acceptance the way he respects them and the sport. He shows his respect by throwing streamers at the fans before entering the ring, just as the fans throw streamers at their favourite wrestlers.
The Documentary has many laughs as it tells the quirky story of an endearing underdog, however, it also shows the reality Wrestlers face. Arquette experiences many obstacles along his journey, from training, death matches, and health scares, but he is unwavering in his mission and persists. His passion for wrestling fuels him through every impediment allowing him to come out stronger on the other side. You Cannot Kill David Arquette gives us Comedy, Drama, Action and a Comeback Kid we route for throughout.
We were lucky enough to get on a conference call with Arquette this week to speak about his upcoming documentary. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: In the Doc, we see you go through a physical transformation. What were some challenges and benefits you found in getting in shape?
A: I used DDPY which is Diamond Dallas Page Yoga but its not really Yoga, it’s Yoga and strength training. That got me inspired to start my weight loss and getting prepared to take bumps in the ring. …Did Jujitsu…and boxing and then I worked with Peter Avalon as a Trainer. And it was really just great to get out there and do all that cardio. Then I went on a zero-carb diet for months and months. You have to reduce the size of your meals and eat smaller meals throughout the day. Its best if you don’t eat anything three hours before you go to bed. It was hard but it was something that as an actor you learn how to do. You just sometimes have to lose weight for a part, or put on weight. *laughing* But that’s harder sometimes in a way. *laughing* It taught me a lot of discipline and getting in the mindset of an athlete.
Q: When will we see you in the ring again, and what you hope your Wrestling career will look like in the future?
A: I don’t know if I will get back in the ring again. I really love being in the ring with my friend and tag-team partner RJ City. It’s a fun dynamic with him and a safer experience. *laughing* So when I’m with him it’s safer. When I’m in there on my own it isn’t the safest place for me. I don’t know if I will be wrestling anytime soon. I do love it. But I think this movie exists in its own world. And I think that it’s best if I just let it live there.
Arquette has two Films screening at Fantasia Fest 2020. His Documentary, which will screen live Mon. Aug. 24 at 7:30 PM, and Horror-Comedy 12 Hour Shift who he co-stars beside Angela Bettis and retired Wrestler Mick Foley, which screens live twice on Sat. Aug. 22 at 9:30 PM and Thu. Aug. 27 at 11:30 PM.
Elevation Pictures release You Cannot Kill David Arquette on VOD on August 28, 2020.
(Photo credit: Elevation Pictures)