The psychotic Jacob Goodnight rises from the dead once again, this time continuing his killing spree in a city morgue in “See No Evil 2.” A darker version of the mischievous Irish fairy has been rebooted in “Leprechaun: Origins.”
At New York Comic Con, Bloody-Disgusting participated in a roundtable interview with directors Jen/Sylvia Soska (American Mary) and wrestling superstar Kane (Glenn Jacobs) for “See No Evil 2” and director Zach Lipovsky (Tasmanian Devils) and wresting superstar Hornswoggle(Dylan Postl) for “Leprechaun: Origins.” Our man on the scene, Jorge Solis, was able to ask the filmmakers and stars what audiences should expect with the horror sequels from WWE Studios.
Bloody-Disgusting: Renny Harlin used 2 cameras while filming John Cena in “12 Rounds.” John Carpenter rewrote the background of John Nada to match Roddy Piper’s in “They Live.” Tell me how you worked around Kane’s persona for the film.
Sylvia Soska: We did not use Kane’s persona whatsoever. Kane is totally different as is Glenn as is Jacob Goodnight. The thing I think that a lot of people forget about Glenn because he’s so good as Kane, he is extremely smart and extremely articulate. It’s like working with a theatrically trained actor. Usually, like in “American Mary,” with Katie [Isabelle], I would talk to her everyday constantly and constantly. To Glenn, I’d be like, “I need this, ” and give him a bunch of complicated things. I’d be like, “Oh I hope he does it.” He’d do it one.” Cool! Next I guess is my direction.
Jen Soska: The assumption is that he’s just a really good physical performer but emotionally, he’s an incredible performer as well. We noticed that in the first “See No Evil” as well. I think there is a lot missed opportunities in the first film to have him really expand that and he really does get to perform in this one.
SS: Yeah and he’ strong! [laughs] A good example, we had three crew guys bringing in this giant steel gurney and it tipped over, and we’re like, “Ohhh!” We called them in. Glenn’s like “Oh you need that?” He lifted it up with one hand, “Here you go.” He could kill us all if he wanted to.
JS: If he snapped, that would be it for us.
SS: Dead! Jen, save yourself!
JS: He also did 100% percent of his own stunts. And you’ll see some stuff. There’s no wires. That’s all Glenn.
SS: If people go flying it’s because Glenn [whoosh] shock footed them.
JS: He can throw a human being far.
SS: And threw a wall in some cases. I mean, maybe through a wall.
JS: No comment. Spoiler alert.
BD: Because you’re in front of a live audience, you have to hit it in one take. Tell me about hitting your mark in multiple takes.
Kane: It’s hard. Yeah, it’s hard. We’re in front of a live audience, not only is it one take, but we’re also able to feed off the energy of the audience, which you don’t get on a movie set. And we’ve very interactive with the audience as well. There’s also instant gratification because if we do something good, our live audience reacts. If we think something’s going to be good and they don’t react, you’re like, “Oh man! That was not too good!” So, it is harder. And yeah the fact, you have to generate the same emotion or we meant to do this, but slightly different or do that, that does make it difficult. I guess that’s the art of acting. That’s why after doing it a couple of times, I have a lot of respect of actors who are able to do it.
BD: Hornswoggle is known for his comedic bits with fellow WWE superstars, Santino Marella and Triple H. Tell me how you used his wrestling background for this darker version of Leprechaun?
Zach Lipovsky: Sure. The film is much grittier, darker, and terrifying than the past films. He’s not necessarily a comedic role, which a lot to a certain degree is what he’s done in the wrestling world. He’s really good at communicating silently through his visual acting and all that kind of stuff. And that’s really where we drew in a lot of his ability. He’s much more kind of a creature and kind of disgusting monster in this. A lot of that physicality that he’s used to came forward here for sure.
BD: Tell me about being in the make-up chair.
Hornswoggle: Oh man! That was the only hard part of that. That was more physical than anything I’ve done in the ring. Just strenuous. Two hours a day. Twice a day. To get in and then an hour to get out every day. That was a good day. But it’s all worth it. I’d sit for another two hours. After how it looked, and the character, and how it turned out, it was well worth it.
Interview by – Jorge Solis