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Hey boys and girls, we had the pleasure of an exclusive chat with World Wrestling Entertainment champion and soon-to-be Hall of Famer, Adam Copeland, better known as Edge. The Rated-R Superstar talked about his new starring role in the buddy comedy, Bending the Rules, his retirement from wrestling and his upcoming documentary in an interview that totally reeks of awesomeness.

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Bending the Rules

Adam ďEdgeĒ Copeland

 

The Lady Miz Diva:  It looked like you were having fun making Bending the Rules?  What was the shoot like?

Adam Copeland: It was interesting.  It was New Orleans in August, so that aspect of it wasnít all that fun.  There was a lot of sweat on my part and it was all real, so I went through a lot of those horrible shirts through the production of it.  They kinda had to cycle through, ĎThis oneís soaked, here, next one.Ē  But it was a fun process.  It was my first real experience being that in-depth in a movie.  It was a good experience to build off of going forward if it was something I wanted to do more of.

 

LMD:  This is not your first time in front of a movie camera.

AC:  No, it was the first time this involved in the film. Iíve done little things here and there, but nothing where I was one of the major characters in a movie or anything.

 

LMD:  Youíre also a recurring character on the Sci-Fi TV series, Haven.

AC:  Yep!

 

LMD:  Between Haven and Bending the Rules, have you considered looking at acting more seriously or taking classes?

AC:  A little, but I also donít consider myself an actor.  I think if I were to choose it as a full career, then yeah, that would be something that Iíd look into, and maybe that possibility, but I donít think Iíd ever do it to that extent where thatís all Iím doing is acting.  I kinda like the idea of being retired, too, with occasional fun stuff that crops up and if itís fun, yeah, Iíll do it.  Haven is so much fun to do, so thatís weíre going out again to do more episodes this year.

 

LMD:  I spoke with one of your colleagues, Triple H for his feature film, Inside Out.  He believes that acting is something that you could either do or you canít.  Do you agree with that opinion?

AC:  I dunno, I think a lot of it is just kind of committing to this ridiculous idea that youíre standing in front of a character and playing a character that hopefully people will want to see.  I love going to movies, but I didnít know if I loved being in one just because I didnít know if I was any good at it and I donít know if I am, but it ended up being a fun process.  And because I shot Bending the Rules before I did Haven, I felt going into Haven much more confident than I did with the movie because I hadnít had that under my belt.  So, going into the Haven experience, it was like, ďOkay, I know a little bit about this now.í  And if more stuff popped up maybe I would go, ĎOkay, maybe now itís time to get an acting class under my belt or get an agent.í

 

LMD:  I understand that you were still maintaining your wrestling schedule while you were filming Bending the Rules.  That sounds grueling.  How did you balance that?

AC:  That was the difficult part, just finding the energy, really.  We would have Monday Night Raw on Mondays, so we would shoot Sunday night until four in the morning, Iíd hop straight on a plane up to Boston.  Iíd land at eight in the morning, have to be in the building by one to do Raw, get out of there at about midnight, go straight to the jet again, straight to New Orleans, land at four and be on the set at six.  So, my day off -- while everybody else on the set had a day off -- I was doing that and that made it very, very hectic.  I can tell the scenes where I was a total zombie and I can tell when they were Tuesday mornings.

 

LMD:  Bending the Rules has a wonderful cast and I particularly loved the chemistry between you and Jessica Walter.  I think a spinoff for the two of you might be in order.

AC:  {Laughs} Yeah, I enjoyed that too!  Itís interesting because she was the actor that I was most like, ďOooh, gosh, what I am doing here?í  That kinda thing.  Sheís a proper actor; sheís acted with Eastwood! Itís like, sheís an actor!  But immediately, she was like, ďYou are just adorable,Ē and I was like, ĎOkay, all right, cool, sheís cool with doing this.í And then throughout doing scenes, it became so much easier just from that initial meeting and knowing that she was going to help me along instead of what she couldíve done.

 

LMD:  As someone whoíd been a fan of your professional wrestling career, I always thought you had some of the greatest mic skills.  Was it a natural transition to be in front of the camera?

AC:  Thereís similarities, without a doubt, but thereís also some differences and that was one of the things that I had to come to terms with very quickly. With a movie, it picks up every little change of expression, cos itís right here {Holds hand up three inches from his face}, your shot.  So, I tend to do the eye thing a lot because that translated well for wrestling.  You know, Iíd bug the eyes out and pull my hair.  You do that in a movie, youíre gonna look absolutely insane cos itís just going to be magnified that much more.  I had to get used to that.  I had to get used to pulling that stuff back because if youĎre in a stadium with eighty thousand people youíre trying to translate the physical and youíre trying to translate emotion to a person thatís a townís worth of people away.  With a movie, you donít have to worry about that, so pulling that stuff back for me was probably the hardest part, actually.

 

LMD:  Some of readers may or may not be aware that after a glorious career in the WWE, you had to retire due to a neck injury.  What are some of the things you were thinking of doing in your retirement?  I canít imagine WWE without you.

AC:  I kind of had been starting to wrap my mind around the idea of not doing it that much longer.  I think you have to be a realist and understand when your body is giving you limitations; you have to listen to them.  So, I knew going forward that I was much closer to the end of my career than the beginning, letís put it that way.  So I was already adjusting to that idea in my head and when I got the diagnosis on the neck, it really just sped up the process up a year.  Iíve had neck issues before; I had a surgery in Ď03, but they fused it and put a plate in.  So I knew at some point this was going to come back and something is gonna have to be done and it might be retiring early.

 

LMD:  On the upside of that sad story, in a few weeks youíre going to be one of the youngest members of the WWE Hall of Fame, inducted beside wrestling legends like Mil Mascaras and The Four Horsemen.  Whatís that feel like?

AC:  I think Iím the youngest that theyíve put in, so that feels kinda strange.  And I donít know if itís going to fully dawn on me until Iím actually walking out there, like, ĎOkay, itís over, itís done, this is the period or the exclamation point on the end of this chapter or this book.  Letís see what the next one is gonna be all about?í

 

LMD:  What is next for you?  I understand thereís a documentary coming up.

AC:  Yeah, we shot it.  Itís the WWE and weíve done this before, but it had just been my matches and kind of in character, but this is an actual accounting from the time I was born until I had to retire.  An actual documentary instead of just matches.  It was fun.  We never did it during my career because I was usually the bad guy, but itís one of those things where our audience starts to see that maybe I have been a bad guy, but Iíve worked pretty hard to get there.  Itís like, ĎAwww, I canít hate him,í and Iím one to be hated, so it didnít make sense while I was still going, but now that Iím retired we can get away with it.

 

LMD:  What do you miss most about being in the ring?

AC:  In the ring, just being able to tell that kind of story and you know itís working because you can hear that reaction instantly.  So youíre like, ĎOkay, Iím onto something here.  Awesome!í  Beyond that, I donít miss being sore all the time.  I donít miss that part of it.  But the locker room and that kind of reaction when you come out and hit your pose or whatever, you feel like Superman.  If you could bottle it, youíd be a billionaire.

 

~ The Lady Miz Diva

March 6th, 2012

 

 

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