On WrestleMania Axxess Dean Ambrose – as per usual – had to do an extended media tour. And besides answering a couple of questions twice or thrice, he also talked about “Lockdown” again. This time here the most important thing was that he revealed his character’s full name – John Shaw (for other names and facts look here). What I’ve put in here is also just an excerpt from a bigger interview that you can all read here.
IGN: You shot a starring role in the upcoming WWE movie, Lockdown. What was that experience like?
Ambrose: Oh, it was really cool. I had no idea how to do a movie or I didn’t know how to act. Well, I guess I knew how to act. I think I did good, but I didn’t know anything about acting. I didn’t know anything about movies. I didn’t know how movies worked. I had never been on a set before. They were just like, “Do you want to do a movie?” And I was like, “Get out of here. Really? Sure… What do I do?” Then finding out I was the lead character, I actually told the producer just to give him a heads up, “You understand I have no idea what I’m doing? Like I’m completely unqualified for this, right?” And he’s like, “Oh, you’ll be fine.” But I just wanted to get that out of the way now. I didn’t want to misrepresent myself. I found out it’s just like a lot of the stuff in wrestling. WWE prepares you for so much other stuff in entertainment. Anything where you’re on camera or anything where you’re just learning so much about how TV and stuff works, working for WWE. I took to it pretty well. It was fun and it was cool too because I go to do all kinds of different stuff. I got to work with a tactical guy who showed me how to do somersaults with guns and stuff and shoot all kinds of different weapons. I got to work with a guy who is an awesome fight coordinator and learn all this new hand to hand combat and stuff so I got to learn how all kinds… there was a stunt car driver showing me how to drive this Camaro and do these whacky turns and stuff so I was learning all this cool stuff. It was like going to action hero camp. It was cool and it was fun too because it was a little mental break for wrestling. I was up there for six weeks. That’s the longest I’ve been away from wrestling in ten years so it was cool to just go do some other stuff and have some fun. It was still hard work though – it was like fourteen-hour days and shooting the same stuff over and over from all the different angles. So it was hard work but it was a lot of fun.
IGN: Your character in that film, how close or not close is he to the Dean Ambrose we see on TV?
Ambrose: Pretty different. That’s the thing too because I don’t know what it would come out like, but as far as how I portrayed a character — the character is a cop. I wouldn’t say he’s un-charismatic but he’s different from Dean Ambrose on TV. One thing I wanted to do for sure is I didn’t want it to be like WWE movie where “Dean Ambrose plays a cop.” I wanted to try to be a completely different person. The character’s name is John Shaw. I wanted to be this guy. He’s more of a stoic, calculating, Clint Eastwood kind of thing which isn’t necessarily me in real life, so having to try and become that… We’ll see if I did a good job or not when it comes out, you know?
Credit: Eric Goldman, IGN.