Edge Talks About Transitioning From Wrestling to Acting, Attitude Era & More

WWE Hall of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland recently spoke to Forbes.com about WWE ’13, the Attitude Era and life after WWE, including his acting work on the Syfy series “Haven.” Here are some highlights, including a video of the interview:

Favorite Memories from the Attitude Era: Oh, there’s so much stuff, you know. I think back to the stuff that Christian and I did and all the idiotic things that we did that were so much fun. You had two guys that grew up together and really do act like brothers and did play Sega Genesis together in college and we did do all of these things. Now we’re on worldwide TV living out our dream, getting to show a side of our personalities, which is essentially us. I mean everything we did every week. You know there’s not one particular thing that sticks out more than anything else because we had fun all the time.

Not Having to Travel Constantly Anymore: I don’t miss that at all. That was the part of it that really became like Groundhog Day. That was the the part with injuries and things like that where you sit on a plane for too long, my body just goes, “No way, dude.” Last weekend I was on the road for two days at a wrestling schedule and I was fried, just exhausted. And that truly woke me up, I couldn’t do that anymore now that I’m removed.

Transitioning from Wrestling to Acting: There are similarities without a doubt, but some more minor differences. I really had to pull back a lot of things and reel in my facial expressions if I was doing something. I really sat down with the directors and said, “Okay, I have no idea what I’m doing.” My tendency is to go huge and over the top to translate something to someone 80,000 people away. It has to be larger than life. With this they know if you’ve got a nose hair. So you’ve really got to try and pull back all of those things that I was naturally inclined to do. That I found was kind of the biggest transition, but thankfully I worked with a bunch of different directors that each really helped me in a different way. They really helped me with trying to calm these things a little bit. It’s been a learning process, but not quite as crazy as I thought it was going to be.

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