Filming the Baron

Yesterday, Steph and I played small rolls in a film about the incredible pro wrestler, Baron von Raschke!   Yes, I am quite serious.  As the project gets closer to fruition, I’ll put out more links (lots of excellent Minneapolis people working on the thing).

I played a flamboyant German waiter who was once beaten up by Mad Dog Vachon (partially fictionalized situation — there were no German waiters at Mancini’s).

Me as German waiter, surrounded by pro wrestlers. (Patrick Pierson Photos)

The Real Mad Dog!

The scene was a wild one.  The filmmakers were allowed to use Mancini’s in St. Paul (where wrestlers hung-out in the 1970s).  The Baron recalled a time when a waiter (played by me) upset Mad Dog.  In the film, the whole place erupts into a delirious brawl, half staged and half real.  This is why Steph was brought in.  She is, of course, a giant woman capable of holding her own in a restaurant brawl!  There were excellent, current Minnesota wrestlers throwing down, breaking tables, plates, trays, etc.  Steph was thrown around by them and also fought heartily with a couple of fantastic fighting women.  This picture by Patrick Pierson shows the women raging against each other!

Look at Steph's exploding hair!

We had such an excellent, excellent time.  We can’t wait to see how the whole project turns out.  For today, both of us are terribly sore, as if the Baron himself had given us the claw!


2 Responses to “Filming the Baron”

  1. 1 Missy December 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Wow! I am so impressed. The Baron and his colleagues are a big part of my western Wisconsin Hansen family culture. I started working on the claw at a very young age. We loved the play about his life at the History Theater, and now a film to boot!

  2. 2 Geoff Herbach December 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Very exciting, Missy. Cory, the guy who wrote the play, also wrote the scene we took part in yesterday. The Baron is a really, really nice guy.

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Geoff Herbach. I am the author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, among a bunch of other stuff. When I'm not writing, I teach writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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