The official WWE website has published an article catching up with wrestler-turned-actor Robert Maillet, who appeared as Kurrgan for the organization in the late-1990’s.
A few years after parting ways with WWE, Maillet ventured into the acting world at the urging of a friend.
“I’d never really thought of it before, even though wrestlers had done it,” Maillet said of the move.
Maillet landed a role in the movie 300, released in 2007, through Jacques Rougeau, who recommended him to producers looking to cast a large individual as “Über-Immortal” a savage, gigantic berserker. He reveals that his former WWE persona was the inspiration behind the character.
“I thought I could do Kurrgan, so I went nuts. They were all blown away,” said Maillet, as director Zack Snyder asked him to “scream his head off” when cameras were rolling.
The success of 300 led to Maillet being cast in another huge film, Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. The 7-footer drew headlines during the movie’s filming when he accidentally punched Downey, Jr., causing him to be bloodied.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to rehearse the fight,” said Maillet. “The choreography of it changed on set. I really had to aim [the punch] towards his face, I couldn’t fake it.
“He somehow forgot to block it and I hit him on the chin. I knew I hurt him, I felt it.”
While promoting the film on Late Show with David Letterman, Downey, Jr. said Maillet was “ten times more upset” about the incident than he was. According to the former WWE Superstar, Downey, Jr. gave him a champagne bottle with a card saying there were no hard feelings.
“I didn’t want to be known for punching out movie stars,” said Maillet.
Maillet also discusses his role in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, as well as his past life as a professional wrestler. To read the article click here.