Frank Jasper Reflects on the 35th Anniversary of Vision Quest and how one movie changed the direction of his life.
Roughly 35 years ago, what many consider the definitive movie about the sport of wrestling entitled Vision Quest hit theaters introducing the world to Frank Jasper, the enigmatic monster of the film, Brian Shute. Matthew Modine’s character, Louden Swain (who has a band named after him), has to drop weight to face the current state champion who we never see until the final act of the film.
What makes Vision Quest so impactful to wrestlers and wrestling is that real life judoka and wrestler, Jasper was in college less than 25 miles away from Spokane, WA where the filming took place. The movie itself put Jasper on a vision quest of his own transforming him from a bodybuilder in to a health and wellness expert that we get into throughout the interview.
As wrestling is one of the oldest combat sports in the world, Jasper followed his passion of Eastern Philosophy and Medicine and has recently moved to Northern California to continue his practice. He spent time in Los Angeles living the Hollywood life of working, taking acting classes and auditioning, but when his health began to deteriorate that’s when he full embraced his Eastern practices and doing a complete 180 degree turn in getting back to proper health.
We talked to Jasper about how much the character of Brian Shute helped shape his future outside of acting and post college, how he has given back to the sport of wrestling and that 35 years after Vision Quest why the film has been so impactful to so many people within the wrestling community.
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