Comingsoon.net has a new interview up with Triple H to promote The Chaperone. Here are some highlights:
CS: You have this other movie you mentioned, WWE’s “Inside Out,” which I think is more of a crime-drama type thing I guess?
HHH: Well, yeah, it’s almost a “Coen Brothers”-esque kind of slice of life type movie. Michael Rapaport’s in it and Parker Posey and Bruce Dern. It was a lot of fun. A completely different movie and completely different genre of film and different people to work with. Working with kids and Yeardley and even Annabeth Gish and Kevin Corrigan, it was laughing all the time. I mean, it was just funny all the time. I laughed all the time with Michael Rapaport too, but that was just more serious. When Bruce was there, he’s such a great actor and it’s very serious. I mean, Parker, she’s a phenomenal actress.
CS: Are there any more challenges in wrestling? There’s really not many wrestlers who’ve literally won every single belt possible.
HHH: You know, from that standpoint, it’s not a challenge anymore. I just read an interview with The Rock the other day where he said why he went into Hollywood. He’d done everything he wanted to accomplish in the WWE. I kind of feel like I’ve done that, but I still just enjoy the process. It’s not for me about the challenge of, “Can I do this anymore?” It’s more now about the challenge of like, just going out there, and we’ll do WrestleMania and there’ll be 75,000 people, and if you can’t get a rush outta that, something’s wrong with you, you know? So, to me, that’s just fun.
CS: Do you still get a rush out of WrestleMania after doing it nine or ten times?
HHH: Oh my God, yeah. It’s still a rush, and the adrenaline, and it’s performing. I mean, you can do fifty movies. If you still enjoy making movies, you enjoy making movies. I enjoy being in the ring and performing in front of fans. When I get the opportunity to do it, I have a lot of fun doing it. If I get the opportunity to do the right movie, I’ll have a lot of fun doing that. To me, at this point, I’ve got three kids and they come first, then everything else is just what I feel like I want to do, and what will I enjoy?
CS: Do you consider yourself a role model, or do you like being a role model? Or do you feel like you just want to be a performer and do what you want to do and not worry about that stuff?
HHH: I like that we have the influence to make people happy, Make a Wish kids, or any kid, or something like that, “to put smiles on their faces,” as Vince always says. That’s what we’re looking for. I don’t like when people say, “Well, you’re a role model” perse, because I feel like parents should be the role models and should tell kids what’s right and wrong, not a character on television. While I still see that and take that seriously, I think there’s a lot of things that happen now in the media where they tear people down for the smallest thing and say what horrible role models they are when nobody would’ve ever known about that if the media didn’t put it out there, so who’s the bad role model? Guys get in trouble now for doing things that every person in the world does, not that it’s the right thing to do. It’s just people make mistakes. They make bad decisions, and everybody does, and all the people that are throwing accusations at ‘em all have skeletons in their closet, and things they wish, “God, I wish I never did that.” That’s the way it is. But the media puts it out there to the point where you can’t… so this Miley Cyrus thing in a way. Is Miley Cyrus a role model? Yeah, I suppose, but she’s also a person, and she’s also a kid, and she’s living her life, and she’s gonna make mistakes like every single person in the world does when they’re 21 years old. You make mistakes and you hope you don’t make too bad a one, but her mistakes unfortunately are shown on “TMZ” and in front of the world. Then they say how horrible of a role model she is when that kinda stuff happens to everybody else, too. To me, I don’t know who’s more to blame, her or the people that are putting it out there like, “Look, this is your hero? Look at what she really is!” To me, it’s almost worse.