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Mark Hapka’s Versatility on Display In ‘Beyond The Mat’


Mark Hapka (Nathan, DAYS) trades scrubs for a singlet in the coming-of-age drama ‘Beyond the Mat.’

Mark Hapka’s Ready To Bring The Pain!

Turns out daytime-TV dreamboat Mark Hapka, who recently announced his departure from playing the young Dr. Nathan Horton on NBC’s long-lived series Days of Our Lives, has a singlet under those scrubs – he’s been perfecting his hiplock and duckunder moves in the coming-of-age drama Beyond The Mat.

Set against the backdrop of the high school wrestling world, the film allows Hapka, who already has a galaxy of feverish females in his orbit, a chance to reveal not only perfect pecs but also flex his acting muscles in a new arena. And no body or stunt doubles for Hapka, who, along with fellow cast and teammates, did all his own on-screen wrestling. “Mark Hapka has such a range – he’s a truly versatile actor who throws himself into the role whole-heartedly,” notes Anthony Millan, CEO of Catch 22 Entertainment, the company producing the film, adding, “he’s that rare talent who’s got leading man charisma alongside credible athletic ability, and moves easily between television and the big screen.”

Though the film has scored major kudos from prestigious organizations such as the National High School Coaches Association, and USA Wrestling, Beyond The Mat boasts plenty of crossover and co-ed appeal, with a couple romantic subplots, a love triangle and a talented, uber-telegenic ensemble.

“Vision Quest meets The Breakfast Club,” says one Facebook fan…

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Beyond the Mat Official Trailer December 2010 from Catch 22 Entertainment on Vimeo.

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