May 18, 2006
Kane hits the big screen
By SCOTT ZERR - Edmonton Sun
For the sinister-looking Kane, his first step into the world of big-screen acting wasn't that big of a stretch from his everyday gig.
Kane's usual role in World Wrestling Entertainment is being the seven-foot tall, 325-pound Frankenstein-ish powerhouse who mows over opponents and rarely feels the slightest bit of pain. Kane is hoping he's just as frightening in the theatre when See No Evil opens Friday.
"We are similar but we're not the same," said Kane (real name Glen Jacobs) of the comparison between himself and Evil's Jacob Goodnight.
"The biggest difference is the fact that Jacob is not in control. He is controlled. I am in control of everything I do. Jacobs is smart and intelligent but there are underlying reasons why he isn't in control and why he does what he does. I do the things I want to do."
In See No Evil, Goodnight has been left alone in an abandoned hotel until a group of petty criminals show up to perform community service. Their arrival sends Goodnight over the edge (as if he had far to fall).
While Kane has some catching up to do if he intends on reaching the same bankable-star status as former WWE uber-star The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), he has a definite confidence in what See No Evil will bring to the fans.
"Having WWE Films work with Lions Gate Films is a big help because they are basically the heavyweight champion of horror films," said Kane. "They picked this story -- they wanted to do it so you know it's a good one. This has been a huge project for us and I think it's one that is going to do very well."
But Kane will have to wait to see that success. It's a much different process than he is used to considering that WWE wrestlers are in front of thousands of live bodies every week. Success or failure is realized almost instantaneously by the reaction of the audience. The anticipation of reviews and fan feedback is almost more agonizing than a chairshot upside the head.
"We finished the film in December 2004 and it's been a waiting game for me ever since. It's something I had to come to grips with," said Kane, who spent two months on Australia's Gold Coast shooting scenes.
"Film people are always amazed at what we do (in wrestling). Our time factor blows them out of the water. Doing a movie, you can shoot one scene all day. In a live WWE show, we have one take and it always has to be perfect."
But fans should not expect Kane to leave wrestling behind like the Rock has done. While sequels or other projects could loom in the future, Kane is more excited about what's to come in the ring. Simply put, the rest of the WWE stars best beware.
"I think in the next few weeks and months Kane is going to be even more vicious and violent than ever before. That's when I'm always at my best."