– Randy Orton recently spoke with IGN to discuss 12 Rounds: Reloaded. Here are some highlights:
On Being Able to Relate to His Character: I’m married and I have a daughter and I naturally love my family so, for me, trying to find motivation behind the character wasn’t that difficult. I just had to think “Okay, what if my wife was kidnapped? Would I be joking around with people and making wise cracks, or would I try to get where I’m going and figure out the bad guy’s plan?” You know what I mean? It’s high stakes. That’s what the acting coach told me. These scenes are all high stakes and so all the actors have to turn it up a notch. The challenging part for me was that, aside from maybe one scene, the whole movie was high stakes. So I had to be careful not to yell too much, or use the same mannerisms too much. And I’m not an actor. I had about 20 hours of acting coaching crammed into the week before I flew up to Vancouver to star in this low-budget action movie. But I’m happy with my performance. Could it be better? S*** yeah, it could be better. I ain’t gonna win no Oscars. But if you go into it knowing what it is, you’ll be entertained. And if you’re a wrestling fan, you’ll be entertained.
On The Running in the Film: I’ll tell you, the running was the hardest part for me. I’m not a runner. [laughs] But god damn. Middle of the night in Vancouver and it’s raining up there. It’s late September, early October up there so it’s starting to get a little nippy. And I’m wearing the leggings underneath my outfits because it’s freezing and the director’s got me running up and down the block on a street downtown. And it’s like take after take after take. And my shins are burning and my lungs are hurting. And I’m like “This guy must think I’m some kind of sprinter or something.” I’m thinking “I’m not in the kind of shape you think I’m in, Director.”
On The Blu-Ray Specials on the DVD: Yeah, we did a lot of behind-the-scenes Q&A. All the actors on the movie did. I also know there were plenty of outtakes. I haven’t seen them, but there were a couple of funny instances. Once, we were in downtown Vancouver at night. I’m in a car by myself and I’m being pulled. The cameras shooting in through the front windshield and there’s a tow truck pulling me along. And you’ve got Roel and all these other cameramen on the back of this truck getting different angled shots on me. So I’m not really driving. And we get to this stop light and there’re all these kids out and they’re drunk. It’s a bad area, as I was told by the local guys. And this drunk guy walks over and he’s now between the two cars. So he’s in front of me and behind the tow truck and he’s in between the two vehicles and he’s waving at the cameramen like “Look at me, I’m drunk.” And his friends are laughing. And the light turns green. And the tow truck driver doesn’t know that he’s behind him, and in between the two cars, so it starts to inch forward. This guy almost died. It was f***ing hilarious. He must have been on mushrooms or something. I don’t know what kind of drugs the kids in Vancouver get their hands on, but it wasn’t just bc bud, lemme tell you. So he popped right up after it looked like his leg should have been broken and he started pounding on my car, and then chasing the car as we drove off. And I’m just looking at him, hands not even on the wheel, screaming “Hey, you dumbass!” He though I had hit him and I wasn’t even driving my vehicle. So all this was captured on camera. So I was hoping it’d make it to the outtakes. They’d have to bleep out a lot of the profanity, but it was pretty entertaining. [laughs]
On The Bray Wyatt Debut Promo & Curtis Axel: Well, I’m used to calling him “Husky,” but Bray’s vignettes are awesome. And the other two guys down there in FCW, who are part of his team, are talented. That little group there looks great. I have no idea what we’re in for but those vignettes have everyone’s heads turning backstage. And Bray is second generation. He’s the son of Mike Rotunda – I.R.S. But Curtis Axel is third generation even. And so I think there’s been a lot of pressure on Joe [Hennig] just being the son of “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig. I mean, how can there not be a lot of pressure? No disrespect to my father, but Mr. Perfect was around a little more and maybe had more of a following. So people might be more aware of who his father was and because of that I think he has a lot more to live up to. And that whole “Michael McGillicutty” thing? That was just career suicide. But he made it through that. And I think anyone who can make it through having a name like “McGillicutty” for however many years he had it is a survivor. The fact that he made it through shows you that the kid’s got some staying power. And now with Paul Heyman in his back pocket? He’s golden. Give him a couple weeks, a couple months, and he’ll make a big impact.