At just 38 years old, Adam Copeland is retired and weeks away from being inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. Better known by his name inside of the ring, Edge says he’s going to spend his post-WWE years just having fun. Starring alongside the hilarious comedian, actor, and rapper Jamie Kennedy in the newly-released Bending the Rules is a good start. The flick places Kennedy as district attorney Theo Gold, whose only ally in the theft of his prized car is Edge’s character Nick Blades, the rogue cop he unsuccessfully tried to prosecute. Add a little support from actors Jessica Walter and Philip Baker Hall, plus the backdrop of a sweltering summer in The Big Easy, and you’ve got the formula for some laugh-out-loud slapstick comedy. Glam got a chance to catch up with the Canadian native during his New York press stop and found out that playing the funny man may not have been that big of a stretch.
How did you get involved with the project?
The point that we shot the movie, I was still wrestling. So, they asked me if it was something I’d be interested in and I thought, “Why not? I’ll give it a shot.” And that was the extent of it. I never thought I’d do a movie or act in any way, so it was a bit of a lark.
Now that you’re retired and have experienced your first major film, would it be safe to say that you’ve been bitten by the acting bug?
I’ve had fun with it, and that’s kind of where I’m at in my life. I’m not gonna do it unless it’s fun. I’ve been very lucky in the respect that throughout my career. And there’s no sense in changing that mentality now… I don’t want to take away from anyone who’s really an actor. I don’t want to put myself in the career realm of a Johnny Depp. It’s like, “He’s an actor, I’m not an actor.” I think it’s fun and maybe I’ll get better at it.
What was it like working with Jamie Kennedy? He’s obviously a funny guy, so were there any instances where it was hard to maintain your composure on set?
With Jamie and I, thankfully, outside of it we connected. We’re really just two morons, so it wasn’t hard to just be us. And we would hang out after and go for a bite to eat… that was easy. It was kind of our chemistry.
Since you’re Canadian, it might be easy to assume that you were familiar with some of the French culture present in New Orleans while filming there. Was there anything new or exciting that you took away from the city?
Stifling heat. That’s what I took away from New Orleans in August.
It’s funny how the film was produced under WWE Studios and that you’re one of the biggest names in wrestling, but there were very few fight scenes. How was that?
If anything, it might have been by design. You see a wrestler in a movie and you expect there to be a lot of fight scenes… that’s what people expect, so let’s not do that. Let’s kind of go the opposite route of that and not kind of play into the misconceptions of that people probably have… I was kind of happy in that respect. I did enough wrestling during the week and it was kind of nice to get a break from it. It was my one day off from getting thrown around.
So you were wrestling and shooting the film at the same time?
The schedule was wrestle, shoot, wrestle, shoot, wrestle shoot. It was a month-and-a-half of about two hours of sleep at night. And when [the other cast members and crew] had their day off, I was flying up to RAW to shoot that. Right after RAW, I’d hop on a plane around midnight, usually landing [in New Orleans] around four in the morning, straight to set at six.
Must have been tough. So you were probably looking forward to hanging up your uniform for good.
It might have been abrupt for a lot of people, but for me it wasn’t. I was was already mentally preparing for it because I knew, physically, where my body felt. It really only sped up the process a year; I expected to be retiring this time [this year]. When you’re told you’re not going to be allowed to wrestle by the company [due to neck and spinal injury], it really is a lot easier. There’s no choice in the matter, you pretty much wrap your mind around it.
So what’s on the agenda now?
Hiking with my dogs and mountain biking. Maybe I’ll get an agent. I really don’t think that far ahead.
If and when that agent comes, do you have any dream roles to take on next?
No, never really thought of it in those terms. If pressured and off the top of my head, playing a viking would be kind of fun. Jamie was constantly saying that I basically have a viking helmet for a head already, so it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch.
Bending the Rules is in theaters now.