Big Show — whose real name is Paul Wight — will join the quirky Syfy series in its second season as Big Pink. According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, Big Pink is the cellmate of Mr. Blue, a gangser played by Ritchie Coster. Wight joins an all star cast, which centers around Meloni as Nick Sax, a hitman guided by his daughter's imaginary friend.
This is far from Wight's first foray into the world of mainstream acting. While he is best known for his work within the WWE, he has had several memorable roles in film and TV. Back in the late 1990s, He appeared in The Waterboy as Captain Insano, and he made a brief appearance in Jingle All The Way starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He even had a part in 2010's cult class MacGruber, playing Brick Hughes.
Now, the worlds of WWE and SVU will collide, and the results are just as bizarre as one might think. Happy! is a TV adaptation of a lauded graphic novel written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It tells the story of Nick Sax, a detective-turned-hitman who wakes up after a botched job to find a tiny blue unicorn named Happy sitting on his chest.
"It’s about the most cynical man on earth being teamed up with a ridiculously upbeat, optimistic little cartoon creature," Morrison explained to Entertainment Weekly ahead of the first season last year. "It’s also set around Christmas. Part of our idea was to do a modern update of things like Scrooge or It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s like A Christmas Carol meets Pulp Fiction, let’s say.”
The first season got highly positive reviews, and its scope and plot already expanded well beyond that of its comic book source material. Morrison discussed the process of extrapolating his own work in an interview with ComicBook.com earlier this year.
“If you look at the first episode, the pilot I think is very close to the first issue of the comic,” he said. “But then, because we had eight episodes, I think we really had to expand out that world and build out mythology and add a whole bunch of new characters. That’s what made it interesting; it’s not so much a one-to-one correspondence, but it managed to capture the mood and the energy and the feel of the comic."
Happy! season 2 is currently filming, and is expected to begin airing sometime this winter on Syfy.