We met with former WWE wrestler and now movie star Edge (Adam Copeland) at the Regency Hotel in Manhattan on March 6. His new movie "Bending the Rules," opens March 9. We saw the movie and thought it was pretty good (it is rated PG-13), but we thought Edge was really, really good! Later this year, he is going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Here's our interview:
What is your favorite scene in the movie "Bending the Rules"?
There was one where I handcuffed Jamie Kennedy to my truck and he sat there and complained to everybody who was walking by and he acted something different each time. I think that was probably the funniest because he's a big goof. He's goofier than I am, so it was fun to watch him handcuffed. It was like a 110 degrees. He was all hot, he was in a suit, he was sweating. He was a mess. That was fun to watch him have to suffer through that.
What is harder to act or wrestle?
I don't know -- they're different. Physically wrestling is way harder and it's more tiring. But with acting it's a lot of long days, a lot of waiting and you do things over and over and over again. With wrestling, once you do it, it's's done. It's live and it's out there, but physically it's different. Both hard work though.
Did you enjoy tripping the other guy in the movie?
Yeah, Kevin Weisman . I had to make sure I didn't trip him. He's really short. So I had to make sure like I didn't kick him in the face when I brought my leg up.
Now that you have been in a movie, do you prefer acting in front of a live audience?
I think the live audience can be more fun because you know right away that something worked. If I said something and you laughed, then I'd say, OK, cool -- then it worked. . . . With a movie you don't know until somebody watches it and you don't watch it with them. Whereas with wrestling, when you're in the ring you can hear right away how people react so you know whether it worked or not.
How many belts did you win?
I've won 31. It was a lot; more than anybody else.
Have you ever felt fear when you were a better wrestler?
No. There's certain moves I do where, after the fact, I'd be like, whoa what was I thinking? Why did I do that? But only after the fact. I didn't think about it before because if I thought about it before, I probably wouldn't have done it.
Did you play any sport in high school?
I played soccer, I played hockey, basketball, volleyball. We didn't have a football team in Canada. I guess that's pretty much it. I just rode my bike all over the place, skateboard.
If you could go back in time what would you change?
Nothing. No sense in living saying, "Ah, I should have done this, or should have done that." It happened now so it's not going to help anything to think I should have done something different.
What movie that you played in -- what was your favorite?
This is like my first real full-fledged movie. I've done some other stuff, but this is the only one that I can say, "OK it's like full-run movie. I was in the whole thing, not just a small part here or there." The most fun for me was always wrestling because it's what I grew up wanting to do when I was a little spy like you.
Was it hard when you started in the WWE?
Yeah. I always thought getting to the WWE would be the hardest part, but it was actually getting to the top once you got there that was the hardest part.
What was your favorite position in wrestling?
I guess the Spear ended up kind of being my finishing move. So usually if I hit that, that means I won.
What are you currently doing now?
The next thing I do I'm being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
What had been the hardest thing you have done for your fans?
I guess maybe retiring. I guess that probably would have been the hardest.
Why did you retire?
I retired last year. I retired in April because of my neck.
Did you train before you fight?
No. We'd always go to the gym and make sure we stay in shape. Once I trained in the beginning of my career to learn how to wrestle, I didn't really do any training after the fact because wrestling 250 nights a year, I didn't need to train on top of that.
What do you like about wrestling?
For me, when I was growing up, it was kind of like superheroes that I could go shake hands with if I was going to a show. So it was kind of like comic book characters coming to life. . . . The explosions, the music, characters, colorful outfits -- it's like a comic book.
How did you think of the name Edge?
Well, I was listening to a radio station it was in upstate New York and I don't remember the numbers, but Edge 1035 or something like that. And I said, "OK, that sounds all right. I guess I'll use that."
Did you watch yourself at the movie?
I did watch it before for the final editing process and everything. So I saw like a rough cut I guess about four months ago. And it's weird seeing yourself in a movie. I'm used to seeing myself in tights so it sounds crazy but I got used to seeing myself like that and not seeing like your face so big. It was kind of weird. I don't know what to think of it yet. Maybe I'll get used to it. I got used to seeing myself in tights, so I'm sure I'll get used to seeing my face right here.