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Why The Actor Who Plays Randy Savage In Young Rock Looks So Familiar

If you want a bona fide hit, all you need is to give audiences something they already love and present a younger version of it. It worked for Baby Yoda, Baby Groot, and even Baby Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, the most popular actor in the world is getting the same treatment thanks to his own NBC sitcom: Young Rock

Based on the real-life childhood of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the show takes place in an alternate world where he's running for president of the United States. In an interview, Johnson describes what it was like growing up with a famous wrestler for a father, Rocky Johnson, and how he came to be the man he is today. It's not the first time Johnson has paid tribute to his father: He portrayed his dad on an episode of That '70s Show, where he even foretold his own success with the line, "I got a son, and one day, he's gonna become the most electrifying man in sports entertainment." Astonishingly enough, the dialogue kind of undersells it. 

It's not just Rocky Johnson who gets more time in the spotlight in the new series. The most famous wrestlers from the 1980s and '90s enter the mix, including André the Giant, the Iron Sheik, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage

Macho Madness enters the ring with actor Kevin Makely in the iconic role, and this isn't his first time playing with the big boys.

Kevin Makely had a recurring role on the web series The Cavanaughs

Kevin Makely is no stranger to big or small screens. His earlier credits include small roles in Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Bad News Bears, as well as one-off appearances on The Suite Life on Deck and Desperate Housewives. However, he had the chance to have more than a couple of lines on the web series The Cavanaughs

The soap opera-esque series follows a group of friends who get together to watch a sitcom pilot they filmed together but ultimately didn't sell. They recall the good times they had along the way and band together to keep their dreams alive. Makely plays Justin, boyfriend of Maddie (Cwennen Corral). Justin manages to win back Maddie's heart after their breakup, and he continues to fight for her so that she can remain a cast member on a fictional version of The Cavanaughs

The online series has its own website where you can check out every episode, which have also been uploaded to YouTube. If you're in the mood for something a little off the beaten path, then check it out and see what you think.

Kevin Makely played an iconic director in the box office flop Zeroville

There was a period of time where James Franco directed, wrote, and/or acted in numerous films every single year. However, his resume of late has been quiet due to a string of accusations alleging inappropriate behavior. One of the last projects he was associated with was Zeroville in 2019, in which he plays a guy named Vikar who rolls into Los Angeles and gets wrapped up in the inner circles of Hollywood. 

Of course, when talking about the golden age of moviemaking in the 1960s and '70s, you can't forget about Steven Spielberg, who's played by none other than Kevin Makely in the film (at left). It's a brief and memorable scene wherein Vikar attends a beach house party at which a bunch of directors discuss ideas. Two of the greats, Spielberg and George Lucas (Ryan Moody), talk over a film idea where a robot shark wreaks havoc on a town.

The movie landed with a thud at the box office, grossing a paltry $69,000 worldwide. No doubt Franco's tarnished reputation, and the general weirdness of the plot, incentivized people to stay home.

Kevin Makely had the lead role in Badland

For much of his career, Kevin Makely has been pushed into the background, which is a shame because he's proven time and time again he has what it takes to be a leading man. Nowhere is this more evident than in the 2019 western Badland. Makely plays Mathias Breecher, who's roaming the plains of America ten years after the end of the Civil War. He finds employment hunting down war criminals who were formerly with the Confederacy. He's joined in the cast by Bruce Dern, Mira Sorvino, and Wes Studi. 

The movie has its share of fans, including Joe Leydon of Variety, who said in his review, "The new film ... is, taken on its own terms, a solidly crafted piece of work that, despite its leisurely pacing, manages to infuse a respectable amount of fresh vigor into clichés and conventions common to shoot-'em-ups set during the post-Civil War era."

Over the years, Makely has proven himself adept at portraying a wide range of roles from scrawny Steven Spielberg to buff "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Hopefully, Young Rock makes good use of the actor's talents, and we continue seeing him pop up regularly.