Vendetta is an unforgiving and ruthless revenge movie starring Lois and Clark star Dean Cain and WWE Superstar Paul "Big Show" Wight. I was given the honor to talk to Big Show about his role in Vendetta and what he thought about his role as the villain, Dean Cain, and The Soska Sisters.
Q: Thanks for doing this interview and I apologize if I mark out at any point in time during this interview.
Big Show: [laughs] That's okay. I'm just glad you're a fan. People get embarrassed about marking out and I marked out the first time I met Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. I was trying to get a job and I still marked out.
Q: Thanks for doing this interview. I know you have a ton of these to do today.
Big Show: I appreciate you getting awareness out for the movie.
Q: The movie is great. I was not expecting the level of ruthless aggression from you in this movie.
Big Show: Yeah, that was the Soska Twins, Jen and Sylvia. If you know anything about those girls, they're really go-getters and are positive on what they want from a character. Which is really cool to work with because they were meticulous about how they wanted the character to be and how dark they wanted it. It was a lot of fun working with them. A lot of times I would leave the set at the end of the day and go, "Wow, that was really, really violent. Holy smokes." And when I saw it, I was really happy with how it turned out. It's not a likable character unless you're into bad guys. If you're into bad guys, then you're probably going to like my character in this one. He's definitely a jerk, first class.
Q: It's funny, because I'm watching the movie, and I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen it, but the first scene where you get put away. Then you come back, what happened to start the vendetta, no pun intended, was, well, my exact words were "Wow...I did not see that coming."
Big Show: That was one of the things the twins were talking about. This movie was given to me by Michael Luisi, head of WWE Studios, and when I was reading the script I said, "Whoa. This is...this is kind of dark, Mike." He said "Yeah, but this will be good for your character and it's going to show some different range, it's the opposite of what you did in Knucklehead and I think you're really going to knock this out the park." So, first of all, I appreciate Michael Luisi having the faith in me to do this part and then the Soska Twins were so jacked about it. And then I got to work with Kyra Zagorsky and working with her in that scene, it was definitely one of those things that you have a introspective when it's done and think, "Wow, where did that dark guy come from? Is there something wrong with me?" You have to get into the scene and into the part and then afterwards it's like waking up from a nightmare. You have that shuddering feeling about the dark place you went and you think, I don't know if I like that guy. Not giving anything away, but there are a few scenes in Vendetta where you're going to sit back in your seat and go "WHOA! I didn't see that coming." That's the fun part of seeing a film. If you can make them do that, then you're doing your job.
Q: Definitely. People assume because of you in Knucklehead and Waterboy that, even though they see the movie poster, they 're still expecting the gentle Big Show giant.
Big Show: There's none of that. There's nothing redeemable or likable about anything my character does in this movie. My character's very dark. And if you look at the movie, you have Dean Cain, who's America's golden boy that played Superman and is a good guy in real life and he had to do some really dark things to go after me. He had to become a monster to get to the monster. And it was really great to see the arc of his character, too.
Q: What was that like? I know him from Lois and Clark. Seeing him as Clark Kent and in the beginning of the movie he had that smile. What was it like seeing that smile completely disappear?
Big Show: It was kind of eerie, man. Number one, that smile is really Dean Cain. He has that smile for everyone and he has positive energy. I try to explain to people that during the fight scenes, obviously, I don't have a stunt double. No one looks like me, so unfortunately I get to do my own stunts. But they had a stunt double for Dean Cain and Dean did 95% of his own fight scenes. I can't think of anything that Dean didn't do. There were some fight scenes that are very violent and very rough and that's Dean in there. The fight scenes twenty-five, thirty seconds to a minute long fight scenes, but those are seven to eight hour days of getting the fight scenes and doing the different scenes from different angles. Dean is on the ground, smacked up against the wall and there's an actor of his experience and caliber right there in the middle of it. I was a Dean Cain fan and respected him, but this took it to a whole 'nother level. Like, "Wow, man, you're one of us." If that makes any sense. Stunt guys, wrestler guy; we put or bodies through a lot of stress and a lot of abuse but that's what we're supposed to do and then you see an actor like Dean Cain who's such a great actor and steps up to the plate and says "Let's go, you guys." His energy was so good and so positive to the set. He makes it so easy. You can get in there with the wrong guy who's a little bit whiny and complains, who doesn't want to do it and it makes things difficult for everyone to work around that and Dean Cain set that pace and it was inspiring to all of us. He gets up and goes and it shows why he's successful.
Q: Do you have a favorite moment in the movie?
Big Show: I think one of my favorite moments of the movie was when I welcomed Dean Cain to jail. That very first interaction between him and I at the lunch table. There was so much animal language going on there, alpha male back and forth kind of deal, the stuff with his tray, letting him know who's prison it is and what's going to happen to him and just the looks he was giving back to me, I kept thinking he was going to stab me with his spork. That was one of my favorite moments.
Q: With all of the Marvel and DC comic book movies going around, have you ever thought about playing one of them? One character in particular I think you'd be great as is The Wrecker. Big seven-foot massive guy. Have you thought about playing any of those roles?
Big Show: Absolutely. I'd be interested in getting on board for anything like that. I see how successful Dave's (Bautista) been with Guardians of the Galaxy and those films have such a huge opportunity for somebody my size. It's so hard for a guy my size to get roles. Thankfully comic books are taking off and doing so well in theaters that it opens up a lot more roles for someone like me. So, yeah, if the opportunity came up, I'd jump on it in a heartbeat.
Q: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Love, love, LOVED the movie.
Big Show: Thank you for taking the time and have a great day.
Thank you to the incredibly humble Paul Wight for taking the time to do this interview. He was a great guy and made this interview easy for me to do.
Check out Vendetta in select theaters and on VOD June 12th!
It's everything that Paul said it would be. It's violent, ruthless, and takes no prisoners. The Soska Twins did an amazing job directing the movie as well. Check it out. And for you non comic book fans, this is the Wrecker