Posts Tagged ‘Renne Korppila’

There is history in the making here in Finland currently, as we speak.  A very ambitious effort is underway, in the form of a film project named Rendel, which will be the first-ever Finnish superhero movie and in the same breath, the first-ever action movie out of this country also!

Slated for a late 2016/early 2017 pending theater release, Rendel is the vision of writer/director/producer Jesse Haaja, who heads up an advertising agency named Haaja & Arwo Design Ltd. out of the city of Mikkeli.

StarBuck Rendel movie

I was signed for a key role in Rendel, after being approached by Haaja to play the part of a Russian mercenary, who is enlisted in the film to snub out the lead hero.  The filming of the movie is in its final stages now, and one week ago, I traveled up to Kajaani to lay down my parts in the film.  I have to say that I had an absolute blast, especially doing the fight scenes, which were a breeze to pull off!

I really believe that movie goers will be totally blown away by the visual dynamics in Rendel, as Jesse Haaja has assembled some of the most talented people in the Finnish film industry to collaborate with on this landmark project.  The genius of the camera angles, the cuts and the color scheme of the movie is on par with anything out of Hollywood from the same superhero genre, if not better and more intriguing.  Take a look at some of these movie stills from the production process by photographer Juuli Aschan to better understand what to expect…

The one thing that I really have to credit Jesse Haaja and the other producers of Rendel for is the fact that they chose to cast a completely new set of faces for the line-up of this movie, in lieu of the same old names that seem to pop up in nearly every Finnish movie that comes out.  Haaja and Co. went after new talents, people like myself, Renne Korppila, Sami Huhtala, Kris Gummerus and Rami Rusinen, in addition to newer international faces like Bianca Bradey of Australia, Sheila Shah from the USA and Johnny Vivash from Ireland.

Take a look at this stunning teaser trailer for the movie and try to hold your breath in wait afterward!

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This past Saturday night in downtown Helsinki at Sokos Hotel Presidentti, my homebase promotion FCF Wrestling celebrated my 20 years in the grappling game with a special Roast of StarBuck.  This roast was the first of its kind ever to be held at a Nordic wrestling event, and several folks showed up to grill me that evening.  My uncle Lasse arrived from Oulu for the occasion.  Former FCF General Manager and famed media personality Wilma Schlizewski came up from Tallinn for the event.  Multi-time amateur wrestling champion Jouni “Easyrider” Mörsky, my first assistant coach dating back to 2003, came in for the show.  NRJ radio DJ Renne Korppila joined the list of roasters also, as did FCF’s Valentine and my Eurosport co-host Robert Holmström.  Photographer extraordinaire Marko Simonen took these following photos from the event:

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I feared a lot worse than I got at the roast, to be honest.  I thought I was going to get literally dragged through the mud by every single roaster, but my both my uncle and Mörsky let me off easy.  Those were the only breaks I got, as once the rest of the roasters got busy, I got the royal pasting treatment.  I have to admit, some of their sarcasm, satire and jokes had me rolling around in laughter.  I mean, what else could I do?  Hide my head under my seat?  Nah, I took it in good sporting fashion, remembering that there is often some truth sprinkled in between the insults.

My wife Diana even entered the ring after I thought the whole affair was finished and done, wanting to surprise me with a sexy lapdance and a trophy for my 20 year milestone, but wrestler Ricky Vendetta chose to ruin that moment.  Diana had blindfolded me for the dance that she was performing, so that I could only feel what she was doing.  At a certain point, I realized that not all was well and I felt an entirely different pair of hands – and rougher, larger hands at that – making contact with me.  I ripped my blindfold off and saw Vendetta mocking my wife’s mannerisms, as he ripped the trophy from my hands and tried to whack me with it.  I moved out of the way in the nick of time, and then I tore into Vendetta with a vengeance for soiling my milestone moment.

That said, the next time Vendetta and I meet in the ring, I want it to be a submission match.  In my eyes, that would only be fitting.  I have long since promised to make Ricky Vendetta tap out, and that hasn’t occurred yet.  Now I’m going to make good on it, and I’m lobbying with current FCF GM Tuho Torvinen to sign the submission-only match for February 7, 2015 at Talvisota IX at the old Helsinki Sports Hall.

My wife Diana gave me her own award for my 20 years in wrestling

My wife Diana gave me her own award for my 20 years in wrestling

The good news surrounding my 20 year milestone in pro wrestling received a very good amount of mainstream media attention in Finland, as Radio NRJ, Radio Rock and MTV3 all gave me a healthy amount of coverage over the past week, culminating today with a Good Morning Finland (Huomenta Suomi) appearance on television before about one million viewers.  The link to my morning show interview can be seen here: http://www.katsomo.fi/?progId=413411

 

 

 

This upcoming weekend on Saturday, November 15 in downtown Helsinki, FCF Wrestling celebrates my 20 years in the pro wrestling industry with The Roast of StarBuck as part of FCF’s Marraskuun Mättö wrestling show at Hotel Presidentti.

The Roast of StarBuck

This particular evening will see me get grilled like never before, as I put my proverbial ass on the firing line to get verbally lambasted.  I am sure the satire will be thick and I will have to take a few uncomfortable jabs, as I am not expecting to get off easy here.  Acting as roastmaster will be Robert Holmström, my Eurosport TV co-commentator for WWE wrestling on Monday nights here in Finland.  Robert has known me since 2006, and having worked with him at Eurosport for the past 5,5 years, I doubt there would be a more fitting person to host the entire roast than him.  He’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly, as it comes to one “Canadian Rebel” StarBuck.

Amongst those roasting me will be Renne Korppila from Radio NRJ, media personality Wilma Schlizewski, my outspoken uncle Lasse, and several others whom I won’t mention, so as to not ruin the surprises in store!

Be sure to come on out on Saturday, November 15 in Helsinki if you happen to be in the capital region of Finland at the time.  This will be one for the ages, a landmark for my 20 years, for my imprint on the pro wrestling industry on the whole.

I will also have a slew of new t-shirts available for sale at the event, drawn and designed by Yours Truly, to celebrate this 20 year milestone.

StarBuck tee drawn