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Stephen Amell: ‘I was somewhat hesitant’ to lead a show again

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He’s going from the Arrowverse to the ring. 

Fresh off an eight-year stint starring as Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, on the CW’s “Arrow” (2012-2020), Stephen Amell is now starring in the wrestling drama “Heels.” 

Premiering Aug. 15 on Starz, the series follows brothers Jack (Amell) and Ace (Alexander Ludwig, “Vikings,”) in the fictional small town of Duffy, Georgia, who have inherited their late father’s pro-wrestling league (called the DWL). There, they play out scripted matches for the locals, inhabiting larger-than-life wrestling personas while their egos clash behind the scenes. 

“I watched the WWE growing up – WWF at the time. It was legitimately my favorite thing. So, to be able to hop into this world and make this my job was just a dream come true,” Amell, 40, told The Post. “I was somewhat hesitant to jump back into something in television as the lead of a show after eight years of really hard work on ‘Arrow.’ But it was too great of an opportunity to turn down.”

In “Heels,” older brother Jack, who’s a “heel” (a villain in the world of wrestling) is attempting to keep the DWL afloat and handle all of its promotion while also juggling his day job as a lawnmower salesman and with his family life: his wife, Staci (Alison Luff) and son, Thomas (Roxton Garcia). Meanwhile, hotheaded Ace is trying to leverage his talent to make it out of their hometown into greener pastures. 

Stephen Amell as Jack, left, and Alexander Ludwig as his brother Ace, left, bedazzled in flashy pro wrestling outfits as they prepare to enter the ring.
Stephen Amell as Jack (left) and Alexander Ludwig as his brother Ace, prepare to wrestle decked out in flashy outfits.
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Amell, who grew up in Toronto, isn’t just a fan of the sport. He has experience, having appeared on WWE’s “Raw” program in 2015 and in “Ring of Honor” (2017) between seasons of “Arrow.”

“Because of the connection that I’ve had with professional wrestling, since I’ve gotten to do some stuff with the WWE and AEW, [‘Heels’ wanted] me. When I did previous stuff with professional wrestling, I faked it as best I could,” he said. “Because I didn’t have that much time. I was doing other stuff. I was just coming in for cameo match appearances and things of that nature. It was really important for me this time around to spend as much time as possible on fundamentals. Hitting the ropes, walking up, punching. That’s what I focused on.”

Stephen Amell as Jack stands in the ring and riles up the crowd in his 'heel' persona in 'Heels.'
Stephen Amell as Jack riles up the crowd in his “Heels” persona.
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Even though he wasn’t a novice, Amell sustained a serious injury while filming. 

“I did a move called the ‘Coast to Coast.’ I got it on the first take, things were good, but I couldn’t help myself. I wanted a second stab at it. But, I overshot it and landed straight up and down and suffered a compression fracture on my vertebrae. I’m OK.” 

Stephen Amell as Jack in the middle of wrestling on "Heels."
Stephen Amell as Jack in the middle of wrestling on “Heels.”
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Aside from their mutual interest in wrestling, Amell said he related to his character because Jack is “flawed and makes mistakes.”

“As early on as the first episode, he’s faced with a decision regarding his brother and what to do in the ring, and he’s a little bit freaked out about the prospect of losing Ace [if Ace leaves]. Ace is such an integral part of the DW, and Jack doesn’t do the right thing. He kind of pulls a d–k move. That’s the most interesting part, for me. I like characters that are flawed and don’t always make the right call.”

Stephen Amell as Jack, left, and Mary McCormack as Willie Day on "Heels."
Stephen Amell as Jack and Mary McCormack as Willie Day on “Heels.”
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His time on “Arrow” changed him and prepared him for “Heels,” Amell said. 

“Being on a show for eight years, aside from getting better as an actor, I became much calmer, more mature, more patient, and better at recognizing what my scene partner needs from me. I’m capable of pacing myself as opposed to going 100 miles an hour all the time. All of those things, I got to bring into ‘Heels.’ 

“You learn those lessons, but it’s not until you step away from a project and get onto something new that you really feel like you can implement them.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
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There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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