At 6-foot-10 and 275 pounds, Tyler Mane is not the kind of guy you want to run in a dark alley. Not that the ex-wrestler would beat you up and take your lunch money, if you did, since with his role as Sabretooth in X-Men, he won't be needing it anytime soon. Even if he did, though, he wouldn't get it by standing around a dark alley waiting for some shrimp on his way to lunch. That's because while Tyler may look like the kind of guy whom you wouldn't want to run into a dark alley, he's actually more the kind of guy who'd come to your rescue if you did. In fact, you might even call him a pussycat. That is, if it wasn't such a bad pun.
How familiar were you with the X-Men before signing up for this movie?
Luckily, I wasn't too familiar with it, because if I had I probably would've psyched myself out.
Have you had a chance to read any of the comics now?
As soon as I started auditioning for the role of Sabretooth, I went out to the comic stores to get some. Thought when I walked into the store and asked one of the guys working there, "Do you have any comics on this... X-Men?" the guy actually laughed at me. "Which one do you want? There's four rows here, three of them are X-Men." But now I've become a fan. I'm still reading them.
Before acting, you were a wrestler. Which is more physically demanding, acting in front of a camera or acting in the ring?
Well, with wrestling, you only wrestle maybe 10, 15 minutes a night but your body gets pummeled. Yeah, it's fake, but when you pick up a 300-pound man and drop him, it still hurts. With acting, it's a lot of hurry up and wait. Like with Sabretooth, it would take four hours to do the makeup, but then I'd be sitting around and waiting while they finished up another scene.
Because you had been a wrestler, did you do your own stunts in the movie?
No, I had an excellent stuntman named Troy Brenna do my stunts for me. After wrestling for 11-and a half, I figured I would do my own stunts, but when I walked into 20th Century Fox they were like, "We're going to have to get you a stunt man." Which I understand; they didn't want me to get hurt.
Finally, the movie is also being made into a video game. Are you okay with people controlling your every move?
Well, it's kind of an honor that people what to play as Sabretooth.
But deep down, they know who the real Sabretooth.
Where you've seen him: Wrestling as Nitro/White Cloud in both the WCW and the UNF
Where you'll see him next: The Adventures of Joe Dirt with David Spade
Favorite superhero movie: "The X-Men. Now ask me my favourite superhero."
Favourite superhero: "Sabretooth."
Favourite hair spray: "I can't remember the name of it. But if any of them were giving me big money, I'd mention them."