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Jake The Snake

To Be Or Not To Be

... An Actor

5/17/2013 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It's wrestling legend Jake The Snake!!! Because he's a freaking actor now!!!

Snake (real name Aurelian Smith Jr.) has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for decades -- but his rep tells TMZ, the 57-year-old has been sober for over 180 days ... and has decided to kick start his life by embarking on a new career ... as a thespian.

The rep says Jake has just started acting classes this week -- and hasn't locked down an agent yet -- but he's already been offered part in an independent film (probably playing some gruff old dude with a mustache).

Once Jake gets into the swing of things, we're told he's also planning to go on tons of auditions very soon ... TV, commercials, movies, you name it.

FYI, Jake and fellow wrestling legend/recovering addict Scott Hall are currently living with former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, who has converted his Atlanta home into a kind of sober living facility.

Pretty cool.

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NOT ELMO    

Jake The Snake To Be Or Not To Be...An Actor................i will pay you to clean my toilets...

492 days ago
2.

Truth    

DAAAAMMN, THOT THE DUDE DIED ALREADY... WTF. #TRUTH!!

492 days ago
3.

Carlav1    

I thought he was dead!

492 days ago
4.

spader    

He'd be awesome in Sons of Anarchy.

492 days ago
5.

Phil    

Wow so that all you need now to be an actor to struggled with drug and alcohol addiction then 6 months clean and your good to on the stage and film.

where do I sign for this course?

492 days ago
6.

teddybayer123    

LOVE JAKE THE SNAKE!

492 days ago
7.

DTD    

Are you a thespian? Oh no no no I'm straight.

492 days ago
8.

Joe    

Back when I was younger and believed in wrestling, he was one of my favorites along with the Macho man Randy savage.

Glad he is getting better. Was sad to see him in recent conditions with the drugs.

492 days ago
9.

wtf    

we need you back in wrestling, Jake. these punk whippersnappers today wrestle like homosexual ballerinas with Down's Syndrome. if ANYONE ever needed a good stiff DDT it's john cena. come back to the ring and teach these kids some respect, Snake!

492 days ago
10.

yourwelcome    

Legend in his own time!!!!! I'm glad he finally got it together n kicked the habit!

492 days ago
11.

bernergirl    

Congrats on the 180 days, but if he wants to stay sober there are better professions.

492 days ago
12.

Dan    

Glad to see Jake doing so well. He was a mess. If DDP can turn Scott Hall around and save him he will prove that his DDP Yoga is for real. There is/was no bigger lost cause then Hall.

492 days ago
13.

Tom    

Good for Jake. Glad to see him getting help.

492 days ago
14.

L♥ve     

Loved him back in the day when wrestling was good and not some poor acting soup opera for Men.

492 days ago
15.

Shelvis    

So Awesome to hear

492 days ago
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