Thank you to Annapurna Pictures for inviting me to the FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY junket.
Fighting With My Family is a great heartfelt family movie. This movie is in select theaters Feb 14 and everywhere else on Feb 22nd. Though the movie is about a wrestling family, it is much more than that. You don’t have to know all the wrestling jargon to follow along.It is just a glimmer of what it is really about.
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige™. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.
In attendance for the round table were actors Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Stephen Merchant Plus WWE Divas Champ Paige.
The cast is truly like a family. You would never know that Paige had only recently met with her on-screen counterpart Florence Pugh.
Although the did not meet in person they were in contact from the start. Looking back, Florence was glad that she didn’t meet Paige any earlier to know she would have been studying Paige. She thinks the coolest thing about this film is even though they are playing these characters they are not copying them. It was important for Florence to find some piece of herself in that character as well to kind of figure out what’s going on.
Paige reflects on advice to young women who feel stuck trying to find their own place:
Always be yourself. I can’t preach that enough to people. Being yourself is your superpower and that’s the thing that got her to where she in the first place. Never forget that, and if people are ever mean to you the best thing you can do is smile because people hate that. People hate especially the ones that don’t want you to succeed they–they hate when they see you smile.
Siblings that fight together, stay together.
Jack Lowden was asked about having a sibling and if it had helped his role alongside Florence. I know that my siblings and I had certainly had a good smackdown or two over the years growing up and we would tag team against each other.
Jack found it easy to work with Florence. He said, “It was instantly very easy to work with Flo and pretend to be her brother because she’s got stackability, you just want to wrestle her. You just want to squeeze her and wrestle her.”
How much wrestling training did the cast receive prior to filming?
Nick Frost who portrays the father figure in the film jumped at this question.
Nick was the recipient of handmade boots which he felt was incredible because as someone who’s always loved wrestling, he always loved the boots and then to get the opportunity, he says hey, we’re going make you wrestling boots it was a dream come true.
Nick did about two weeks of training with lots of tumbling around. “It’s quite a lot of pressure really. I didn’t want the wrestlers to look at me and think that I wasn’t giving it my all.” He felt that this experience was a badge of honor.
Take a look at the trailer to see what Fighting with My Family is all about. Bring your family along to share the experience of what it means to be “Family”.
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY
This February, show the world what you’re made of. Based on an incredible true story!