The City Paper recently spoke to Duboise to get a better grasp of the man underneath the gold champion belt.
City Paper: What did you have to do to train for this role?
Christian Duboise: We just worked with professional wrestlers. I always work out anyway, so apart from that, that really made a difference. But actually learning the techniques from the professional wrestlers, and just working hands-on with them.
CP: Prior to the play, had you had any wrestling experience?
CD: No, no wrestling experience. I play conventional sports. I'm an athlete, but never wrestling.
CP: Was this role different than roles you have played in the past?
CD: Oh yeah, very much so. Just the physicality of it and having to do wrestling moves and then come back and say a long dialogue, it was different, challenging, but it was very fun.
CP: Do you feel that you and your Chad Deity have any traits in common?
CD: Oh yeah definitely, we actually have the same initials. Characteristically, yeah I guess. He can be over the top ... and so can I.
CP: What are some things that you like or dislike about Chad Deity's character?
CD: He's the champion, I love that. Who doesn't love being the champion? I like the fact that underneath all the hoopla and all the machoness that he still is kind of like a soft-hearted dude that really cares about the industry and that kind of shows you know, that's very important.
CP: How do you get in character?
CD: Kind of a tough question. It's not that big of a transformation. I grew up watching wrestling so it's kind of easy for me to transition into the character.