This Halloween, WWE Studios is enlisting the devil’s favorite demon Kane to return to the role of horror slasher Jacob Goodnight in “See No Evil 2,” directed by the Soska sisters and starring Danielle Harris. See No Evil released in 2006 and chronicled the hulking Jacob as he stalked a group of young adults through a decrepit hotel. In See No Evil 2, available now on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray, Jacob is set loose on a group of medical students working the graveyard shift at the city morgue.
WWE wrestling Superstar Kane spoke with CBR News about See No Evil 2 recently, revealing what separates Jacob Goodnight from other slashers, which in-the-ring Kane persona is his favorite, his thoughts on a Bray Wyatt movie, his hopes for an Undertaker reunion at WrestleMania and more.
Spinoff Online: Kane, it’s been 8 years since See No Evil came out. What’s it like to return to the character of Jacob Goodnight after so much time?
Kane: It was unexpected. It had been eight years so initially I didn’t think it was going to happen. I was very surprised when I got the phone call that they were going to do a sequel. But it was a lot of fun. I worked with great people like the Soska twins as well as Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, Kaj-Erik Erikson and Michael Eklund. It was a great experience.
How has your character Jacob evolved since the first film?
By the end of the first film, you’re feeling sorry for Jacob because you realize his mother is the villain and Jacob is somewhat her instrument. Just her weapon. In the new movie, she’s gone. Now Jacob is having a bit of a psychotic breakdown and probably fully embraces his mother’s perverted worldview. So he carries on the work that she had been doing. He has changed somewhat. In the sequel we also get to explore more what’s going on in his mind. There are a couple scenes that are very poignant that are all about Jacob and what he’s going through.
Jacob wears a mask in See No Evil 2. You’ve also worn a mask as Kane in the WWE for many years. What do masks mean to you? Do think they’re inherently scary?
They’re mysterious and intriguing because you don’t know what’s going on behind it. In the mind of the person wearing the mask. There are twofold reasons for the mask in See No Evil 2. First of all, for practical purposes, because Jacob lost an eye in See No Evil. So unless you want to wear a prosthetic the whole time, you had to find a way to cover it. And second of all, the Soska sisters wanted to give it that iconic ’80s slasher icon look ala Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers.
Did those types of horror villains inspire Jacob?
He’s different — ’cause those guys are really emotionless. They’re forces of nature just doing what they do. On the other hand, Jacob is very emotional. In a lot of ways he’s probably more emotional than your average person out there, whether it’s rage or whatever motivates him. Of course, you do have the physical similarities, although Jacob’s bigger. What’s cool, too, is that in See No Evil 2 there are a couple fight sequences that are really good. You don’t normally see that in a movie from this genre. It’s not just running around with sharp objects, there are also people getting their butt kicked. You really get to see the physical dominance of Jacob much more so than in the original movie.
What was it like working with directors the Soska sisters?
They’re awesome. I’ve told them not to forget about me when they become big-shot Hollywood directors. I think they’re well on their way to doing that. The really intriguing think about Sylvia [Soska] and Jen [Soska] is that even though you’re dealing with two people, you’re really dealing with one mind because they share a common vision. When I first found out they’d be directing the movie, I wondered how you would work with two directors, because the director has the final say of what’s happening on the floor and it’s their vision for the movie. You would think it would have to be one person, right? But they don’t butt heads at all. They actually complement and augment each other to the point where it’s far superior to one person.
And they understand movie making. They would be successful no matter what they picked to do, because they understand how to elicit emotion and deeply affect people. See No Evil 2 is a really beautiful movie if you just watch it. I mean, if you set aside the deeply disturbing material you’d be seeing! [Laughs] You would just say this is a really beautiful movie. And that’s why there’s such a psychological impact, because you’re showing beautiful imagery with disturbing subject matter.
Where would you like to take Jacob’s character in “See No Evil 3?”
I don’t know if I’ll have any input, but Sylvia, Jen and I have discussed some ideas. In fact, we may be presenting some ideas to the people that can make it happen. I’ll tell everybody what needs to happen, we need to sell a lot of DVDs and VOD and Blu-ray for See No Evil 2 and make it successful. Then the three of us can give them our ideas and our script for See No Evil 3. Clearly it’s something that I’d want to do. We do already have an idea so that would be great.
From the See No Evil films to the WWE, you’re one of the best guys at being evil in the world today. However, some of your best work in the last couple of years has been the anger management WWE promos with your Team Hell No tag-team partner Daniel Bryan. Do you have any interest in doing more comedy in the future?
I had a lot of fun with anger management and working with Daniel Bryan. The reason was it was such a departure from what I normally do. You take a dark mysterious character and all of a sudden you become the comedic element of the show. But yeah, I like to do everything because as a performer when you do the same thing over and over and over and over again it gets stale. It’s not challenging intellectually or emotionally. I like doing the Corporate Kane stuff for the same reason, because it’s different from what I normally do. I would be up for anything, I really would.
It’s interesting you bring up Corporate Kane, because you actually have two characters in WWE, a demon who wears a mask and a boardroom member who doesn’t. Which do you prefer playing, Demon Kane or Corporate Kane?
It really depends. The cool thing about the mask is that it adds an air of mystery and intrigue to the character. But on the other hand, without the mask it’s much more straightforward and people can tell what’s going on. To me, it really doesn’t matter. I just try to do the best that I can with whatever I’m given. Probably my favorite incarnation of Kane was the original version of Kane that debuted with the Undertaker in 1997. But like I said, I really don’t have a preference.
Speaking of the Undertaker, he’s been in the wrestling news a lot this year both for the ending of his streak at WrestleMania XXX and rumors about whether his career may be over soon. To a lot of fans, you and the Undertaker are intrinsically linked to each other and it would be a shame if you weren’t in at least one more storyline with him before his career was over. What would you say to one last feud with the Undertaker? Is that something you’ve thought about?
Oh absolutely. That would be great. A couple of years ago we had the 1000th episode of Raw and we had a one night reunion. But I feel the same way as you, whether it’s against each other or as the Brothers of Destruction getting back together for one last time. I think that would be something a lot of people would dig.
It seems like both your characters are elevated when you’re working together. There’s something magic there.
I think so, too. It’s certainly different. My dream match would be at WrestleMania with the Brothers of Destruction against DX [Degeneration X]. That would be a dream match.
Now that’s one of my dream matches, too. Have there ever been any discussions about making that happen?
I brought it up a couple of years ago but there was a lot of different stuff going on. So I don’t know, we’ll have to see. But like I said, it would be pretty awesome.
Have there ever been any talks about doing a straight “Kane” movie?
I haven’t heard any talks of it. I know Sylvia and Jen want to do a movie with Bray Wyatt about Bray Wyatt because he’s such an intriguing character in WWE and one who would lend himself to it. You can almost see a combination of “True Blood” and “Cape Fear” with a Bray Wyatt movie.
But the thing about Kane, too, is that we’ve touched so much on his mythology from WWE. It might be interesting but we’ve already actually covered a lot of it.
A Bray Wyatt movie would be intense! Hope that gets made. As one of the great horror characters in WWE, yourself, who do you see as the new top heels coming up in the next decade?
We’re really fortunate right now and it’s an exciting time because you’re seeing a lot of guys emerging — the young guys that are going to carry the company into the future. I don’t know who the top heel is going to be. Of course, you have guys like Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins who are going to be a great foundation and the megastars and Superstars of the future. Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro and probably a lot of people I’m not mentioning now, as well.
One of the things that are really interesting about WWE is that you do never know what’s going to happen. In 1996, who would have said that in two years the product would have been entirely changed by basically one guy with Stone Cold Steve Austin? He just changed everything. And no one saw it until it happened. So I don’t know [who the next top heels will be] but I do know we have a lot of young guys who are going to be molding the future. What form it takes, I don’t know, but I’m pretty confident these guys are going to do a great job when the time comes.
Of those new guys, who would you like to work with next?
Right now, I’m getting involved in the Dean Ambrose story and I’ve been involved with Roman Reigns. So, at some point probably Seth Rollins. He’s a great talent. He can do anything. He’s great on the microphone and great in the ring.
What’s next for your career?
Well, right now I don’t know, [Laughs] as far as the acting gig goes! Maybe there’ll be a See No Evil 3, but I’m not sure. I’m still with WWE, I’m still having a good time and I’m still performing at a high level. I’ll be there for the foreseeable future.
It’s well known that you’re active in politics. Does that ever come into the locker room at all? Are there any other political junkies in WWE?
Yeah, to some extent, because we all pay taxes and that sort of thing. And the guys will ask me about stuff and I’ll talk to them. The thing about it is that I guess because we’re athletes or because it’s professional wrestling, we unfortunately get the stereotype that we’re just a bunch of meatheads. That’s definitely not the case. Most of the guys have been to college. Some of the guys have graduated from college, including myself. Then you got a guy like Xavier Woods who is on his way to getting a PhD. so we have some really smart guys. We can hold a conversation about more things than people probably give us credit for. [Laughs]
Any final words for your fans that might be thinking about checking out See No Evil 2 this Halloween season?
See No Evil 2 is a great movie. It’s a throwback to the 1980 style slashers but it’s more than that. The cinematography’s great. People are going to be stunned at how beautiful the movie is. There’s depth to the characters. There are stories going on in the movie. You get to explore the mind of a psychopath. You get the jumps, the blood, the gore, all that stuff, too. So if you’re into the horror genre at all then it’s definitely worth your while.
See No Evil 2 is available now on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD.
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