WWE is churning out action-packed movies almost as fast as they are churning out pay-per-view events. This time it’s Adam Copeland, also known as WWE superstar “Edge,” co-starring in “Interrogation” alongside C.J. “Lana” Perry, which comes out on Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital HD on Tuesday, September 20.
The story focuses on a brilliant interrogator called in to question the prime suspect. As time runs out, it’s uncovered that there is an even bigger plan in place for both of them.
Unlike some of the other WWE superstars who have had some roles in recent flicks, Copeland isn’t new to the screen. After retiring from the ring because of a neck injury, he starred in “Bending the Rules” with Jamie Kennedy. From there, Copeland has also spent the last five years starring as one of the leads in “Haven” for Syfy, portraying Dwight Hendrickson. He is set for a recurring role in the upcoming fifth season of the hit History drama series “Vikings,” portraying Ketill Flatnose, a fierce and brave warrior.
In “Interrogation,” Copeland’s character, Lucas Nolan, has a lot of layers. “He has to think on his toes a lot, which is a lot of fun to tackle as a performer. He’s got a lot of baggage. His brain just works in a completely different way than mine does, so that was a really cool challenge. It was a lot of fun because it’s opposite of me. I have no memory whatsoever.”
All kidding aside, Copeland spent five years perfecting his acting skills on Syfy. “I had five years to figure out exactly who he was and what made him Dwight, but with ‘Interrogation,’ I only had 11 days. You know, even with ‘The Edge and Christian Show,’ we did three episodes in three days and that, I mean, that’s ridiculous. Ninety minutes of content for TV in three days. People don’t do that. We quickly realized after those three episodes, we shouldn’t do that.
As experienced as he is now, Copeland admits that he was unprepared for “Bending the Rules.” “By the time I got to ‘Haven,’ I’d had a little bit of experience and started taking acting classes,” he says. “Thankfully, I did, because they started giving me more responsibility each season. I always look at ‘Haven’ as kind of my college. It gave me an understanding of lighting. It gave me an understanding of not blocking, just a lot of different aspects of production that I didn’t know, because with WWE you’re live. You’re in that ring. It’s theater in the round, and what you see is what you get. I didn’t understand all the little nuances that come with film and television. By the time I got to ‘Interrogation’ and anything I do now, I feel like ‘Haven’ was my boot camp to help get me prepared.”
It was his retirement speech that got the attention of the producers of “Haven,” and one week later he was on the set. “I really just planned on retiring, but within about two months, I was really bored and understood that I needed to do something creative, or I was going to be the insane guy on top of a mountain with a huge beard.”
WWE fans know Adam as his character Edge and, with his best friend and fellow WWE superstar Christian, now co-hosts of “The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness” on the WWE Network. Their new show debuted on February 21, 2016.
“A huge part of what I did in WWE did involve humor,” he says. As for getting a comedy role, Copeland says, “I’m sure at some point it may work out that way. Who knows? But in the meantime, you know, Christian and I did our show, and we had a ball doing it, and just got to be idiots. It was nice just to get the funny out again.”
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