The following is an excerpt from a new WWE.com interview with WWE Hall Of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper:
WWE.com: How did the role of Bolphunga come about for you?
Piper: The director heard me do other voice-over work and she asked me if I would do the voice for Bolphunga in the Green Lantern short. I actually loved working with Andrea Romano and I didnâ€™t know a whole lot about the characters, but it turned out to be a really fun experience.
WWE.com: Who exactly is Bolphunga and was there anything specific that drew you to him?
Piper: Bolphunga is this real bad guy with no redeeming qualities, kind of like Mr. McMahon. Heâ€™s this alien that just doesnâ€™t care about anybody. Bolphungaâ€™s attitude actually reminded me of a lot of past and current WWE Superstars, so it was a very fun role to play. And with no real redeeming qualities, I was able to bring a bit of myself to the role.
One of the things I tried to bring to Bolphunga from my experience in WWE is that, you can be as bad as you want to be, but you wonâ€™t get anyoneâ€™s attention unless you have something people can see and latch on to, a certain quality about you. Bolphunga is a little bit of a sissy inside because when things get bad for him, rather than stand up to adversity, he runs and hides. I really tried to use that to add an extra layer and personality to the character.
WWE.com: Did you ever read comics at any time in your life?
Piper: No, in fact, Iâ€™m the guy that walked into Stan Leeâ€™s office and said â€œnext time you do Batman, Iâ€™d be a great villain,â€ and then I found out that Stan Lee didnâ€™t create Batman. So, I didnâ€™t really have any background on the comics or the universe going into the role.
WWE.com: Having never read comics, what was the most fascinating thing you learned about the Green Lanterns?
Piper: Well, youâ€™ve got to have the ring. Every superhero has something and Green Lantern has the ring. Whatâ€™s really cool is I actually got a Green Lantern ring from the producers and I gave it to my son before he went into a mixed martial arts fight and he won. It makes me a big fan of the character because Green Lanternâ€™s not just smashing things, he thinks a bit. From the animated perspective, they really try to bring the morality to the situations for the kids watching, youâ€™ve got to have justice.
Check out the complete interview online at WWE.com.