The WWE superstar talks about his first movie role
He's part wrestler, part actor, and in his new movie, part killing machine. WWE Superstar, Kane, is taking his first crack at the film world in the new horror/thriller, See No Evil.
He plays Jacob Goodnight in the movie about a psychotic killer stalking a group of teens on vacation. Sound familiar? Think again, Jacob is much different than Jason or Freddy; Kane describes him as 'sane.'
See No Evil is the first film from WWE Films; it's being distributed by Lionsgate. One of the executive producers is WWE owner, Vince McMahan. You'll be surprised at how hands on he was on this project, even though they were shooting in Australia.
As I'm sure you've noticed over the last few weeks on WWE Raw show, Kane has really changed his image to fit the promotion of this movie. He couldn't give away too much about what's going to happen in the next couple weeks, but it's definitely building up to a huge climax for the May 19th release.
When he got on the phone, I asked him if he preferred to be called Kane or Glen; his real name is Glen Jacobs, but he told me he's been Kane for nine years, "That's all some people know me as."
So with that, I started my chat with Kane:
When you're in the ring, do you switch your mind set?
Kane: Yeah, to some extent. I have a theory about WWE Superstars; the people we are in the ring, our characters, are an exaggeration or some aspect of the person anyway.
Over the last few weeks, your fans have seen Kane turn into Jacob Goodnight.
Kane: Yeah, May 19th is the premiere of See No Evil, which should be a good thing, but something happened on that date in Kane's past that makes it a very bad thing.
Who is Jacob Goodnight?
Kane: Ok, Jacob Goodnight is a 7 foot, 300 pound killing machine. And unlike guys like Jason Voorhees or Michael Meyers, he's not just a killing machine; he's a human being who chooses to be a killing machine. He has human emotions, what makes him even more scary, Jacob knows what he's doing is wrong, but he does it anyway.
How did you get cast in this movie?
Kane: Vince had a conversation with me, and I never had any aspirations to be in movies. If I was going to do a movie, this would be the role that I would do. I knew I could pull the role of Jacob, and I was very comfortable taking on this character.
So there's not going to be a Kane romantic comedy movie next?
Kane: Jacob is not a good kisser.
How involved were the people with the WWE in this?
Kane: Dan Madigan wrote the screenplay, and when he was writing it, he was working for the WWE. So he wrote this with me in mind, and that helped Dan out a lot. Because it was shot in Australia, Vince wasn't able to come down because of his obligations to the WWE. But, he watched the dailies every day and had input and script changes almost every day. Even though he wasn't physically there, his presence was there.
Have any of the other wrestlers come up to you and given you advice?
Kane: No one has to give me any advice on how to do this role. I don't really talk to the guys in that manner, and I don't have any aspirations of a Hollywood career.
So have you gotten ragged in the locker room about doing this?
Kane: Trust me, no one's going to rag me. A couple guys have seen it and the feedback has been positive. And because this is the debut film for WWE Films, it's just as important - all the guys are company men, and they all want to film to do well.
Were there any pranks pulled on set?
Kane: We shot an 8-week schedule, so there wasn't much time to relax.
Is being in the ring different than being on the set?
Kane: You go out to the ring, you've got 20,000 fans and you get their reactions immediately; whether they're supposed to like it or not, they like you or not. The arena is almost alive. Then you go to a movie studio, and we were lucky our set looked so good; it's still not like being out there. And on the Raw show, we do stuff live; that's definitely not the case on the set, you do things over and over and over again. So for me, it was a little challenging, because in the back of my mind, I was thinking, "What was wrong with that take?" But, it was just the director wanting a new take, whether they think bad about it, or they have to change the cameras.
How was working with Greg Dark?
Kane: There are certain scenes that were a little harder than the other ones, so we would talk about those. And Gregory had a great eye for detail, like if it wasn't dirty enough. And you don't appreciate it until you see the movie, and you realize that it's just subtle things, but he makes them in your face. After seeing the movie, the finished product, I had a new found respect for what he did.
What was your first reaction when you saw the movie for the first time?
Kane: I was thrilled; I spent the first 15 minutes thinking, "This looks like a movie." For the next hour and 15 minutes, I didn't think about that anymore, because I got sucked into watching myself on the screen with the story and visually how well the movie is done. I knew it was going to be a competent solid movie, and after I saw it, I was so excited, I could barely contain myself.
Did you do your own stunts?
Kane: Yeah, from the get go, I just laughed when they approached me about that. Based on what I do with the WWE, I was able to relate to the stunt people more than anyone else there; we do a lot of the same things. He told me how they do things, and I gave him some tips of how we do our stuff.
What's next for Kane in the ring?
Kane: I think Kane is going to get more malicious, more violent than ever before; I think the fans are really going to like where it's going.
According to my friends, we like the direction it's going because you're unpredictable; you don't know what you're going to do next.
Kane: I think that's always been attractive to my fans.
What do you want the fans to know about this movie?
Kane: To my fans, imagine what Kane does in the WWE ring on television, imagine what I'm going to be able to do on a 30 foot movie screen in an R-rated movie.
See No Evil hits theaters May 19th; it's rated R. You can also check out Kane on WWE Raw Monday nights at 9pm on USA.