‘I Am Vengeance: Retaliation’ Interview w/ Stu “Bad News Barrett” Bennett

If you’ve been following the site for any length of time, you know my favorite thing is being able to combine movies with one of my other passions: professional wrestling. Yesterday was one of those opportunities, as I had a chance to talk with Stu Bennett, star of the awesome action sequel I Am Vengeance: Retaliation, and better-known to WWE fans as Bad News Barrett.

The film, a sequel to 2018’s I Am Vengeance, stars Bennett as ex-special forces soldier John Gold, with Vinnie Jones as his nemesis Sean Teague, the man who betrayed him years earlier. Not only do we get to see these two bruisers throwdown, but the cast from top to bottom is full of some of the best stuntpeople in the business.

I talked with Bennett about making the move from pro wrestling to acting, and being one of the few to command their own franchise. He also talked about the bumps and bruises he got while filming, trading punches and admiration with Jones, and the possibility of getting all the wrestler/actors together in one movie.

Check out my interview with Stu Bennett below, and my review of I Am Vengeance: Retaliation here. The film is available digitally tomorrow, June 19th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.