Jon Robinson and IGN.com recently conducted an interview with 'The Game' Triple H!
Triple H Interview
The Game talks Blade, books, and beat downs.
December 20, 2004 - It's a long road from Terra Ryzing and the Blue Bloods to Blade: Trinity and bodybuilding books, not to mention all the gold that's been around Triple H's waist, but this is one of the hardest-working men the sport has ever known, so it's no big deal to walk the red carpet one night and Pedigree Chris Benoit the next. It's no big deal to enter the Elimination Chamber and methodically pulverize and pummel pugilists, foes, and friends who might turn out to be enemies down the road.
"It's all about The Game and how you play it," his theme song blares as he spits his water into the crowd and takes in the thousands of fans who love to hate his every move.
IGN Sports sat down with Triple H to talk Evolution, wrestling, and his new triple threat status as wrestler/author/actor.
Here's what he had to say…
IGN Sports: Are you more proud to read your own book or to see yourself on the big screen in Blade: Trinity?
Triple H: It's hard for me to say. The bodybuilding book is a cool thing because I feel like it's a way to give back to what got me here. At one point in my life I was just a young kid walking into a gym and someone pointed me in the right direction and got me going. And the things that I learned in the gym actually led me to the success that I've had now. So for me to be able to write a book and possibly point some people in the right direction with their lives, it's a great feeling for me to be able to give that back. But I have to say, seeing yourself on the big screen and doing the red carpet at the premiere, that's a cool experience, and something that I'll definitely never forget.
IGN Sports: There are a lot of struggling writers, actors, and wrestlers who have to take some pretty crappy jobs in order to survive as they're waiting to make it. What's the worst job you've ever had?
Triple H: I've been lucky in that respect where the worst job I've ever had was working at a Wendy's. For me, I had a paper route when I was a kid, then I worked at Wendy's, and from there I started working at a gym, just cleaning up the place and things like that. A few years later I was managing the gym and that's what I got into, managing health clubs. I was managing a pretty big Gold's Gym where I lived and consulting for another gym on the side, so I never really had a crap job.
IGN Sports: Did you get discovered at the gym?
Triple H: No, I had wanted to get into the wrestling business and was trying to find out how to do it. I ended up meeting a friend named Ted Arcini who had been a power lifter and had been in wrestling for a brief period of time. He pointed me in the right direction to Killer Kowalski who had a wrestling training camp about an hour away from me in Massachusetts. I ended up training with him and working the independent circuit for $10 a match here and there. I was wrestling little halls all over New England up to Canada and I ended up being seen by WCW and received an offer to go there. That's how it all began.
IGN Sports: It's a long way from wrestling for $10 to people paying $10 to see you in Blade.
Triple H: When you get started, you always hope to be the biggest and to find success, but you never know, you never dream where things are going to take you. That's the cool thing about life, you never know what direction you're headed next.
IGN Sports: There were a lot of cool stunts and fights in the movie. Were you fighting stuntmen, or were you beating up poor Ryan Reynolds?
Triple H: Ryan Reynolds really stepped up in this film. He gained 20 pounds for the role and really got himself into top shape. He used that and really wanted to make the movie himself. He didn't want stuntmen in there, he didn't want to rely on other people to do his job. In fact, there is only one scene in there where it's not him, everything else you see is really Ryan. He took a beating, I'll tell you. He really took an ass kicking. I threw him all over the place, bounced him off the concrete floors and walls. I'd see him every day at lunch, he'd be in his trailer icing himself down, trying to put himself back together so I could beat him up all over again in the afternoon. He took a beating.