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May 5, 2011

Professional wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper brings his brand of energy to the June 7th release of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights by providing the voice for Bolphunga the Unrelenting, the blusterous and rowdy in his own right warrior who serves to explain to the audience exactly why "Mogo doesn't socialize".  Taken from the fan favorite Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' crafted backup Green Lantern Corps tale in the back of 1985's Green Lantern issue #188, the story features Bolphunga searching the planet looking to defeat the acclaimed Mogo.  Bolphunga searches in vain to discover Mogo's whereabouts and it is only in the exhaustion and frustration of not being able to find him that the warrior comes to the humbling realization that Mogo is much more than your typical adversary.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper voices Bolphunga the Unrelenting
Emerald Knights is Piper's first role in an animated film, not counting playing himself in a Robot Chicken episode.  The World's Finest has a Warner Brothers provided interview online with the "Hot Rod", who has always been one of my favorite wrestlers.  Besides his legacy of his wrestling career Piper is famous for the "I'm here to chew bubble gum and kick ass....and I'm all out of bubble gum!" ad lib line and the fight scene with Keith David in John Carpenter's They Live film from 1988. 

Piper found the voiceover work to be freeing for him and shares in the interview what he's doing now as well as comparing his acting career to his life in the ring....and of course takes a potshot at Hulk Hogan!  The entire interview is available over at the World's Finest website.

"That was about as much fun as I could ever hope to have. You can really lose yourself in an animated role. There’s so much freedom, so much room for creativity. It’s a blast." -- Roddy Piper


Source: The World's Finest

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  1. Piper is the best--seems like a natural for this. His voice is perfect for animation--looking forward to this! http://kooztop5.blogspot.com/2011/09/top-5-favorite-wrestlers.html

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