TMZ is reporting that Randy Orton has been pulled from his proposed role in the upcoming WWE Studios production “Marine: Homefront.”
WWE faced intense backlash because of Orton’s troubled military past. Orton was dishonorably discharged from the United States Marines Corps for bad conduct after going AWOL on two separate occasions and disobeying an order from a commanding officer. Orton was court-martialed and served 38 days in a military prison.
Cpl. Mike Vinn, who was a former unit member with Orton, told TMZ before Orton was pulled from the project, “I am disgusted that his face and the word Marine are being used next to each other — real or fake — because of the fact that he quit us, the country, and the Marine Corps. [Randy] in the role of a Marine is a disgrace to those that have worn and are wearing that uniform.”
A WWE representative told TMZ the following:
“WWE demonstrated poor judgment in signing Randy Orton for the 3rd installment of the film.”
The rep adds, “Despite Randy’s popularity, the fact that he was dishonorably discharged from the USMC made it inappropriate for him to be cast in this film.”
Thanks to Wrestling News World reader Patrick Peralta for sending the TMZ link.