Randy Orton Pulled From Upcoming WWE Studios Film Because Of Troubled Military Past; WWE Says They Demonstrated Poor Judgment In Casting Orton For The Role

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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.

  • Dayum Son

    I knew this was coming, and was going to be an issue.

  • John Pearson

    WOW I had no idea of this. Im glad he was pulled. As a soldier in the Army and someone who has deployed multiple times I think its crazy the WWE would even allow him to be apart of their orgnization especially when they do so much for the troops. I understand of his lineage and all but really a dishonorable discharge for going AWOL not once but twice!!!! Changed my opinion on him immediatly when I read this!!!

  • Amanda

    Fair enough too :o. I actually had no idea about any of that! Wonder why he AWOLed?

    • BigMike

      read an interview and basically he was very young and had a realization once he entered that he didnt want it and basically freaked out and ran he wanted to quit but didnt "know how" basically a stupid kid move

    • B. B.

      He went AWOL because he's a piece of trash!!! It has always made me sick that WWE would hire someone with his military background!! It's especially disgusting when he is booked on the "Tribute to the Troops" shows!! It's a slap in the face to all of us who have served and are serving HONORABLY!!!

  • William

    hahaha that should show them that Randy is not all that cracked up to be!

  • mathew30

    so they are more pissed that somebody that went through the training and nearly put his life on the line but decided against it, to then appear as a marine that he once used to be…. yet when it comes to a person like cena and Ted DiBiase who didn't do any training of any sort with the marines before his wwe career, and everyone is fine with that.

    seriously, wheres the "once a marine always a marine" we always hear

    i would understand if orton had killed somebody your of cold blood etc to disrespect the name, but it just seems this cpl has his knickers in a twist over nothing and needs to grow a pair

    • Jason

      It's not a matter of deciding he didn't want to do it. He put his signature on the line and agreed to do a 4 year tour. If he didn't want to do it, he should have served his 4 years then left. Once you leave for basic training, you are in the military, like it or not. You have until the time they pick you up at 4am the morning you leave to make a decision to leave. Honestly, it is a HUGE disrespect to the country to do what he did out of direct defiance and wanting to leave. So you sir, are the one that needs a new perspective! When you join, it's not fun and games, it's life and death! It's an honor to serve the country! I have 5 Uncles, 3 Cousins, a Step-Brother, and my Step-Mom's ex-husband all serve or have served and they will all agree with the Cpl. on this one. Randy was a coward when he ran from his duty and he shouldn't be allowed to be in the movie.

    • BigMike

      Matthew ur an idiot he chose to serve then QUIT by running away basically he was a stupid kid who made a wrong choice guys like Cena and other CHOSE to not serve BUt they support the military Randy has grown up alot since so Im sure he has a different opinion now compared to then but it happened and true marines would have an issue with a Quitter in that role WWE made the right call in removing him they should have known better

    • Mike

      “Once a Marine, always a Marine” doesn’t apply if you’ve been honorably discharged or ran. It applies to the Marines that signed up, did their time, and kept their word on the contract they signed. Randy CHOSE to drop the title “Marine” when he ran off.

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  • Someone

    This is stupid. In my country everyone (including women) above the age of 18 need to serve 3 years in the army, and about 10,000 people go AWOL every single year. In the US you volunteer to the the army, so I don't get what's the big deal if someone there regrets about his decision… what about the other millions and millions of people in that country that didn't served even one minute…??? stupid, stupid…

    • Jason

      You said it yourself, it's a volunteer program, that's why millions and millions of others don't serve! The reason why it's a disgrace to sign-up then abandon your post is you are committing yourself to serve this country with your life if needed. There are training programs you can go through and camps you can attend before making a choice to enlist. I don't buy the excuse, "I did it because I changed my mind." Making the decision to join is NOT an easy one. There is a lot to look into and take into consideration before putting your name on the line. Once you sign-up for 4 years, you are in for 4 years, like it or not! And the reason why your country doesn't care about the AWOL's is you are required to serve, so when someone goes AWOL, you have someone to pick up the slack. Here in the US, we have a little more class than that and take your commitment far more serious.

    • Ace

      Kinda off topic but are you from Israel? I heard everyone serves there for a period of time. (Heard it on Human Weapon…just wanna verify if that is true)

      • Someone

        YES! YES! YES!

  • Matt Scott

    You are aware this isn't new news? Ortons military past has even been alluded to on WWE TV before.

  • ZackPck

    Who cares? It's a movie!

  • HRoll

    I say good for Randy for leaving the marines. They suck young people in who don’t realize they are signing their lives over to the government.

    • Jason

      If you don't like our military and stand behind them, please feel free to stand in front!

    • Amsterdam

      are you some kind of an idiot?

    • Wayne

      Yeah your probably an a 99%

    • Mad Dawg

      I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to my death your right to say it.

  • khalkaroth

    Oh, that's cute. Little baby military is crying out loud because somebody with an actual head on his shoulder decided to use it? For once that these type of things happens in the military. Why don't they go for a shot at US presidential while they're at it, I bet they know a thing or two about brainwashing people to their way of thinking in there, hmm? Free country my ass, more like "MY" free country

  • Jim P.

    The facts is that Orton was cast to portray a member of an organization that he disgraced. Replace "Marine Corps" with any organization, and the logic hold that he should not be cast. Would you cast Cat Stevens to portray a Catholic priest? On another note, look at some of these comments. There's some pretty shameless trolling going on here. WNW used to be better at approving these comments. Shame on you, guys.

    • Del Redo’s gimmick in wwe is almsot a clown. But actually he is a very good wrestler. Heb4s the 3rd generation of wrestlers on his family. He is the son of Dos Caras and nephew of legendary Mil Me1scaras

  • Joe

    Great now wwe can make it a theater release and have Dwayne Johnson as the marine imagine get a good plot add some good actors have Michael bay direct and what do you get probably the greatest WWE film of all time

  • ViperDaughter

    So is he kick out of the movie. NO! =(

  • Evon Reese

    I don't think casting Dwayne Johnson would be an improvement over Randy Orton. But it looks like he wanted this spot and has got his hands all over it. You don't trade one piece of crap for another.


    That gives Orton a golden opportunity to make an Art house movie in Europe, so we benefit first when it comes out on DVD.Americans just deserve Jim Carrey.

  • Philip Thompson

    Randy Orton used to be very immature and a real trouble-maker and it took him quite a few years in WWE to grow up, Vince gave him chance after chance after chance before he got to the point where he is at now where he is trusted and respected by many. I'm not a Randy Orton fan at all and I don't understand why he is so 'over'.

  • Kevin

    Look, it would be a publicity NIGHTMARE if WWE Films kept Randy in that movie once his past was revealed. Actors take on roles all the time that they have no training for. That's why it's called ACTING. For Cena or DiBiase to portray a Marine while not having actually been one is no different. People lose roles all the time because of their past. It's just bad for business to use someone in a film when their past conflicts with the theme of the film. WWE Films is having trouble producing decent films already; they do NOT need bad publicity to boot.