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“Hollywood” Hulk Hogan: Stardom, Synergy and Field Migration

Chard, Holly and Litherland, Benjamin (2019) “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan: Stardom, Synergy and Field Migration. Cinema Journal, 58 (4). pp. 21-44. ISSN 0009-7101

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During the late 1980s, World Wrestling Federation star Hulk Hogan embarked on a career as a Hollywood movie star, through roles in several modestly-budgeted films produced by New Line Cinema. Building on recent examinations of “celebrity migration” between fields and studies of “promotional culture”, we explore how Hogan’s celebrity persona adapted to various economies and structures of fame in a changing media marketplace. This article explores how Hogan negotiated of codes and conventions of different popular cultural fields and media subfields. By doing so, we identify key tensions in the wrestler’s celebrity image during the late 1980s and early 1990s and reflect on the difficulties celebrities face when trying to become film stars.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Cinema Journal following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available through the University of Texas Press.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wrestling; Celebrity; Stardom; Hollywood; Field migration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Benjamin Litherland
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 12:05
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 14:16


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