Kane and Able

by Zach Oat July 21, 2009
The Christian Kane Interview

TWoP: You got hurt pretty bad when you were filming Secondhand Lions, right?
Yeah, how'd you know about that? Is that online? Yeah, I got cut up on Secondhand Lions. I had to go to the plastic surgeon. I did on this, as well, I took 17 stitches -- I think you're the first person to actually know that -- but I took 17 stitches to the head, it went all the way to the bone, it was a stunt that went wrong. But that's what you get, man. I do all my own stunts, I have since Season 1 -- well, Hell, I have my whole life. I did it all on Angel. I worked with Mike Massa, Mike was David Boreanaz's stunt double, and he taught me the ropes and brought me over to this side of the stuff. You get hurt. Is it gonna be Season 1, is it gonna be Season 2, is it gonna be 3 or 4 when something like this happens? But it happened in Season 2, and I'm sure I'm gonna go back to the hospital before we're done filming this stuff for good. I can't believe Jon [Frakes] and Dean are still letting me do my own stunts, but that's just the way it goes. You get better coverage, you get better film, you get a better end product when an actor does his own stunts, especially if he can do 'em well, and there's not a lot of people who come in and do fights better than I can. I'm not being cocky, it's just the way it is.

TWoP: Even with the injuries, you seem to have it all right now: you're on a great TV show, you've got a regular gig for your band and you design women's swimwear. Does life get any better than that?
[Laughs.] No, it doesn't, man. Stick with the latter two, and you go and keep that stuff for yourself, you know what I mean? That's perfect. Listen, I smile every day. I might get mad at some shit, but... I'm not really that far off from my character, Eliot. Stuff does piss me off a lot, but at the end of the day, I gotta smile, because the Lord has blessed me, and I asked for this stuff, and, man, I got to go live it. What wakes me up more is if I had never come out to Los Angeles, if I'd said, "You know what, the actor thing -- I can't do it, it's too hard. I'm just gonna stay in Oklahoma, raise 2.3 kids and have the white picket fence." That wakes me up in the middle of the night, because I never would have known. I don't want to steer people wrong and say "Everybody should move out here," but if you can't live without something, and I honestly couldn't live without this, you gotta go after what you want, and man, I've been blessed.

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