Originally Published: November 29, 2004
Jan Murphy – The Kingston Whig-Standard
Think wrestling bites? Next month, it sort of does.
World Wrestling Entertainment’s world champion Triple H stars in the third and final installment of the Blade films, Blade: Trinity, which opens Dec. 8.
The Game, as he’s known in wrestling circles, plays a vampire by the name of Jarko Grimwood.
Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, talked about his new movie and the differences between wrestling and acting during his recent visit to the Memorial Centre for WWE Raw.
Much like his role in the WWE, where he’s known for the savage beatings and punishment he doles out, his role in Blade involved muscle.
“I am the muscle, the right-hand man to Parker Posey’s character, which is Danica,” he told The Whig-Standard. “She is the head of the vampires who are trying to take over the world. I’m the muscle for a group and I have a large role in [the film].”
There’s one scene, Levesque said, that movie buffs and wrestling fans north of the border may appreciate.
“I have a big fight scene with Ryan Reynolds [Van Wilder], who’s also Canadian,” Levesque said.
“He has a big part in the film. He plays one of the Nightstalkers who help Blade (Wesley Snipes) fight the vampires.”
In the wrestling world, Levesque is arguably the best of the best.
He’s the world champion and he’s involved with behind-the-scenes stuff such as script writing and talent relations. He’s also married to WWE chairman Vince McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon.
When it comes to wrestling, he’s right at home. Not so though, said Levesque, when it comes to films.
“It was weird,” he said of the movie experience. “I guess it would be the difference between doing theatre … and then making a film.”
To his wrestling fans, Triple H had this to say: “Two things people always ask me is [the difference between live TV and film] and am I going to go to Hollywood like [fellow wrestler turned action star Dwayne Johnson] Rock did. Movies are very interesting to do and I enjoy doing them but wrestling is what I do. The top of my resume is always going to say wrestling.”
To Levesque, there is no comparison between working in front of a live audience and working in a film.
“You can’t replace the feeling of going out in front of [the fans] – whether it’s a place like [Kingston] or in front of 50,000 people in the [Sky]Dome,” he said. “There’s no feeling in the world like going out in front of the fans, the rush you get from the fans, the excitement from the crowd and getting that immediate reaction when you do something.”
Film, says Levesque, can’t be compared to wrestling.
“The film is fun, but the challenge is different,” he said.
“In the WWE, it’s live and it’s one shot and you either do it right or wrong and the crowd tells you how much they liked it or didn’t like it.
“In the film, you get to do it multiple times and the challenge is keeping your intensity up. If you’re doing a fight scene and you do the same thing 20 times, you have to look just as intense the 20th time you do it as the first time.”
The other tough thing about doing movies, Levesque said, is the long wait from filming to release, something he’s not familiar with. He can watch his wrestling performance immediately after each show.
“You have to wait six months, a year or whatever for the film to come out to get the reaction of the fans,” he said.
“It’s a big difference for me. Making the movie, here it is a year later, I can’t even hardly remember when the hell I shot the thing,” he said with a chuckle.
“It’s going to be a surprise to me when I see it. I can’t remember what I did,” he said with a laugh.
Blade: Trinity opens Dec. 8.