Robert Render - Between the Ring and Westeros into the World of Horror
Thank you Robert that you spend some times for the Fans. It's my pleasure. It's nice to know that people get enjoyment and entertained by what I do, so I enjoy sharing my experiences as well.
Robert , you a pro wrestler in local independant promotions in Northern Ireland (retired 3 year ago from wrestling)How did you get into the Wrestling business?
When I was a young child, my Dad recorded some wrestling for me, thinking that I would enjoy it. The event was SummerSlam 1998, and I was hooked right away. I grew up dreaming of getting involved in wrestling. My brother and I, as well as a few friends who were also interested, used to get together and put on shows for my family – not the extreme back yard style you see online, we didn't want to hurt ourselves! When I moved from South Africa to England, I signed up at the local Hammerlock Wrestling training group, but I got the opportunity to work for a wrestling promotion when I first moved to Northern Ireland. I started out as their DJ, then I became a manager, and slowly integrated into actual wrestling. A literal boyhood dream come true.
Can you still remember your very first Pro Wrestling match and what was it like to wrestle in front of a live crowd for the first time?
My first wrestling match was a Royal Rumble, and I lasted 3 seconds – So that isn't much of a story. My first time in front of a live crowd was an introduction to me as a manager, and that was a very nervous moment. I was coming out unannounced to a crowd who had never seen me, and I was meant to be the heel manager. As soon as I walked through the door, and everyone saw me, they started chanting “Boss Man, Boss Man” … This made things even more crazy, as the Big Boss Man has and always will be my all time favorite wrestler, and I also look similar to him. I got into the ring, and gave my best heel manager promo I could, and managed within 5 minutes to completely turn the crowd against me. I loved every minute of it.
But you are not only a Pro Wrestler you are also an Actor in "Game of Thrones" How did you get your role and what was your role? I got the audition through my Agent in Northern Ireland. The role I got was for an Ironborne who was to say a few lines to Yara Greyjoy in Season 6 episode 5. The few days shoot went very well, but due to time constraints and other major plot points in the same episode, they cut out my lines. I am still front and center for the scenes, but unfortunately I cannot use it on a show reel without the lines. Still, it was a fantastic experience on set, meeting the cast and crew and appearing on the show.
Game of Thrones is not your only station, you playes 2015 in The Frankenstein Chronicles , 2013 Ripper Street and many other Movies and Series. What is your personal Highlight so far? My personal highlight has been winning the Best Actor Award at the Florida Freak Show Film Festival twice! I won in 2011 for the psychological horror movie “The Last Light” as well as in 2015 for “The Blood Harvest”. I never expected to win, let alone twice, so now the two awards sit at my house in pride of place.
How was it the first time in front of the camera for you? I think it was 1999 in Traitor's Heart, right?
In “Traitor's Heart” I was an background artist (extra). It was my first time on set, but not my first time on camera. I had done several stage productions before that. Being on a movie set for the first time was quite daunting. Seeing the amount of people needed to make a movie happen is crazy. There was a lot of waiting, and a lot of retakes for the actors. But I loved it, and haven't looked back since.
In front of this Interview i look an IMDb on your site and see the Trailer of "The Blood Harvest" , what can you tell us about this HorrorMovie?
“The Blood Harvest” is the story of a detective who is investigating a series of murders. He believes them to be supernatural in origin, but everyone else thinks he is crazy. The movie follows his investigation, while also revealing the gory reasons behind the murders.
This was my 5th time working with Director George Clarke from Yellow Fever Productions, and was the 2nd movie that I won best actor for. It is available to watch online, and on physical DVD in the UK and USA.
Which role you would love to play in the future? Since I first got interested in actor, I always enjoyed playing the villain. And one role I always used to talk about, was playing the bad guy, or the henchman in a James Bond film. I have the right look now, so here's hoping maybe one day
Are you currently working on any interesting movies or series that you can reveal?
I have just wrapped on my 6th collaboration with George Clarke, a film called “Mindy Has To Die” based on a book by USA Author, Jeff Strand called “Stalking You Now”. It will premier this October at a local film festival, and hopefully be out next year.
Is there anything else you would like to let your fans know? Firstly, thank you to anyone who follows or enjoys my work. Although I got into acting and wrestling because I love them and had such a passion to do them, I actually enjoy seeing other people get entertained by my work a whole lot more. It means I am doing my job right, and I really appreciate that. Also, to anyone who wants to get into Acting or Pro Wrestling – follow your dream and at least try. Both fields are very hard to follow through on, trust me. You need to work a lot, and very hard for both, but if you have the passion, go for it. Better to have tried and realised you can't, than to always regret not trying. Thank you for taking the time to chat to me. It's been a pleasure.