Luke Harper Reveals How His Knee Injury Helped Him With His First Movie Role

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Luke Harper on WWE TV — three and a half months, to be exact. The Wyatt Family’s second-in-command dislocated his patella and tore his MPFL ligament during a dark match on Raw, resulting in surgery and an extensive rehab stint.

However, he’s not just rehabbing in his off-time — as we previously reported, Harper was also cast in the upcoming horror film Mohawk, set around the War of 1812. Harper plays one of a group of renegade soldiers in pursuit of a trio of Mohawk warriors who set fire to their base camp. Rue Morgue recently spoke with Harper about his role in the film, and it turns out his knee injury actually helped him develop his role properly.

“When they pitched the role to me, they said, ‘Would you be OK with wearing a leg brace?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, that’s no problem, I have one on all the time!’ They were like, ‘What do you mean?’ and I said, ‘Oh, I just had surgery’—this was about six weeks ago—‘and I’m wearing this big brace right now.’ ‘Oh, that’s perfect!’ So when we came to shooting, I had the brace on, and Ted said, ‘OK, act like you’re hurt,’ and I was like, ‘Not a problem!’”

There’s no word on a release date for Mohawk yet, but we do know approximately when Harper plans on returning to the ring — he’s slated to return between August and October, providing his recovery goes as planned. Check out this video interview with the big man where he discusses his injury, his rehab process, his feelings on Twitter and more.