WWE Superstar Randy Orton was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated to promote his appearance on Shooter on the USA Network tonight. You can check out the highlights here:
On the Brock Lesnar-Chris Jericho backstage incident at SummerSlam this past August:
“Basically, what happened is Jericho saw what was going on in the ring and wanted answers as to whether my best interests were in mind as far as my health and safety. I had my family there, sitting front row, and Chris knew that, as well. He was just coming up to check on his boy, that’s what it boiled down to, and I think that’s awesome.
“You hear all these things about how they were going to fight, but I don’t think Jericho wanted to fight Brock, I’m just going to throw that out there. I think he was coming up to just make sure everything was cool. It’s unfortunate that in that small space, with the dozen bodies in there, somehow that leaked and everybody knew about it. That’s very unfortunate. It was blown way out of proportion, and Jericho just wanted to check on one of his fellow boys in the locker room.
“I have a lot of respect for Brock. I was down in OVW with him, and I was there a few months before he came. We all knew he was coming, but when he came, he was humble and a fun guy to be around. He’s still the same way. He’s been through a lot, and he’s really became a name in this business and in MMA.”
On his character on Shooter:
“Even though the Shooter character on TV is so close to the real-life me, I’m still playing with ways to creatively portray that character. Acting isn’t a craft that I’ve studied for the past two decades like professional wrestling is, but I am fortunate to have had a lot of experience with scripts and memorizing verbiage. All those things definitely help, as does being around good actors on set. That’s so great, too, because they’ll read lines with you in-between takes and make sure they do everything they can. It’s just like in the wrestling ring—we’re making each other look good, and it’s the same thing on set.”