Stephen Amell is already moving on and training in preparation for his new wrestling-related drama series, Heels. Amell began training for the series this month knowing that there was a real possibility that there would be “giant billboards” of the actor in a Speedo as part of the promotion for the Starz series.
During an appearance on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast, Amell explained that he signed on for Heels knowing that it would only be eight episodes and would need a lot of training, but also explained that he isn’t going to have a stunt double for the physical aspects of the series.
Amell has already appeared on the WWE and fans who follow the star know his affections for the ring. This role is definitely a dream come true for the actor, who has always aspired to be a WWE talent despite his stardom from his hit series, Arrow.
“I’ve got a lot of training to do starting in January, but yeah, eight episodes,” Amell said. “I’m not going to have a stunt double. I can’t. I’m going to be in a Speedo. How the f-ck am I going to have a stunt double? I’m going to wear wrestling trunks, we call them trunks, but it’s ostensibly a Speedo.”
Amell went on to discuss his character and confirmed that the character would wrestle multiple times throughout the series.
“I’m going to have to do some crazy shit,” said Amell.
In August, it was announced that Heels received an initial eight-episode order after Amell was attached to the project. We are definitely curious to know if this is just an eight episode series or if there is an opportunity for a second season should the project be a success with viewers.
Check out the official description of Heels below. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
“Written by Michael Waldron (Loki), with Mike O’Malley set as showrunner, Heels is about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals — one of them played by Amell — war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel (Amell). But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.”
“In the ring, Amell’s Jack Spade is the charismatic villain, or heel, of the Duffy Wrestling Association (DWA). In the real world, he’s its hard-working owner, a husband and father trying to make ends meet while fighting to realize his impossible dreams. He has the mind of an artist in the body of a warrior, and a Steve Jobs-ian need for perfection — and for control. He says he’ll do whatever it takes to build the DWA into an empire. Will he go so far as to risk his marriage, or his relationship with his brother?”
This is post P-90x. I’m saying I watched the videos. I’m not saying I participated. Born in my mom’s basement, I’ve stayed there to embody the stereotype. One day I will rise up… to the main floor of the house.