October 30, 2005
Kane loves being evil
By SCOTT ZERR - Edmonton Sun
Big and scary. The perfect monster for Halloween.
Only thing is it's darn near impossible to duplicate a creature like Kane. At seven feet tall and over 325 pounds, very few trick-or-treaters could pull off a decent likeness.
Of course, if the real Kane came calling, there's a good chance he'd walk away from a neighbour's house toting the entire bounty of candy that had been sitting by the front door.
"Being this character is pretty fun because I can do anything I want without getting arrested," offered Kane with a sinister laugh. The "Big Red Machine" will be plying his grappling trade Tuesday night in World Wrestling Entertainment's Taboo Tuesday pay-per-view.
"Doing things to people and not getting into any trouble is fun."
But none touched fans more than when a particularly vicious Kane attached jumper cables to the nether regions of Shane McMahon and flicked the switch. Hey, everybody's had a boss who has deserved that kind of shocking treatment.
"Someplace deep inside me there's a little bit of Kane," said Glen Jacobs, the rarely displayed alter ego.
Kane burst onto the WWE scene eight years ago under a mask and as the hulking younger sibling to 'Taker, who'd been horribly burned and scarred in a childhood blaze. It was a great launching point for the massive figure who would go on to claim several WWE honours.
"I was just ecstatic working with the Undertaker because he was one of my heroes in the wrestling industry. I couldn't have asked for more. It was the best opportunity I could get," said Kane.
"The character is different now than when I started. I was under the mask and the basic implication was that I was a monster who was under the control of Paul Bearer.
"Now I find I'm much more of a Hannibal Lecter type -- an intelligent monster. I think that's more scary than the original because he knows what he's doing.
"If you look at the iconic figures of movie monsters, I think Kane would fit comfortably well in there."
In fact, Kane is getting a crack at movie monsterdom. The WWE-produced flick See No Evil will hit theatres sometime in early 2006 with Kane portraying reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight, who has an annoying habit of plucking the eyeballs out of his victims' skulls. Keep an eye on this guy. Or maybe not.
"I recently saw a close-to-finished version and I was just blown away. It's a really good movie," said Kane.
"I think it's going to surpass any expectations that people have and I think that skeptics are going to be shocked by the quality. My character is probably like Kane is. He is different but he still incorporates some of the same elements as Kane."
Kane's life -- WWE storyline-wise anyway -- has also hit the pages in a paperback called Journey into Darkness.
"It's very interesting. Most of the other publications that WWE has done were biographies," said Kane.
"This is still non-fiction, too, but it's the story of Kane, all the things that were never told on TV. It gives you glimpses of stories that were portrayed on TV and ties them all together.
"For everyone who has been a fan of Kane's, there's a lot of enlightenment into the development of the character."
Kane is among a dying breed of wrestlers. For every Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle -- stars who have taken their own personalities into the ring and just amped up the volume -- there's still room for a completely created figure like Kane.
"People are looking now not just at the character, but that the character has to be believable and well-executed," said the bald-headed behemoth.
"The difficulty lies in doing a character in such a fashion that people believe them. My character has definitely taken on a life of its own, and the WWE has done a very good job at keeping people intrigued by the character. People are still intrigued by the myth behind the character."