4. Hulk Hogan in Gremlins 2: The New Batch
The most famous wrestler of all time has got to be Hulk Hogan. That was especially true in 1990, as Hogan had been dominating pop culture for years by that point as the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, taking on the likes of grapplers like Andre the Giant and “Macho Man” Randy Savage in high profile matches.
This fame led to a cameo in the theatrical release of Gremlins 2: The New Batch, in which he played himself in a memorable fourth-wall breaking scene. At one point during the movie, it appears as if something is wrong with the film reel. Apparently, gremlins had gotten into the projection booth and started screwing with the movie.
That wasn’t going to be okay for the Hulkster, who was in the crowd— in full wrestling gear— just trying to eat popcorn and enjoy the flick. He got out of his seat and threatened the gremlins, intimidating them into finishing the film. I guess if there’s anybody who could take on gremlins in 1990, it would be Hulk Hogan.
Director Joe Dante later said that this gag was one of the most widely enjoyed jokes of the movie, although it had to be replaced for the VHS version with a corresponding scene with the gremlins seemingly messing with the VCR.
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