Vince McMahon had an unexpected response after finding out that he was being "hustled" £15million, and it might have something to do with his £2billion fortune.
The 76-year-old professional wrestling pioneer is the founder, chairman and CEO of WWE, and has even got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanks to his work in the industry.
Actor Freddie Prinze Jr, who spent time on the WWE writing team between 2008 and 2012, worked on the WWE Films division in the past – and once spotted a 'Hollywood hustle'.
Prinze Jr reckons that an unnamed writer attempted to get his own film made by the studio – and expected McMahon to have been left furious by the revelation.
He explained on his Wrestling With Freddie podcast: "This guy asked Vince if he could transition from the creative team to the film division because he had experience in film.
"He had experience in television, but not really experience in film. I respect the man’s hustle, but this was a hustle.
"He started selling his own scripts under a pen name to WWE and was producing his own movie and then paying himself to do it. I saw this right away. I know a Hollywood hustle when I see one."
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He continued: "I walk straight up to Vince and say, 'Before we get on the plane, I have to tell you something. You guys are making these $5 million movies, this guy is selling you scripts that would not sell in Hollywood that I’m sure he’s tried to sell a dozen times and everyone passed and you’re paying him for something like that and paying him to make his own movie.
"'That’s four movies a year at $5 million apiece.' He looks me dead in the face and goes, 'Freddie, it’s $20 million, get on the f****** plane.'
"My jaw [dropped] and I went, 'Can I have that job?' He started laughing, slapped me on the back, and I got on the plane. The whole time I’m thinking, 'That’s a billionaire. That’s what a billionaire is.'"
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