Sami Zayn has recently drawn comparisons to Fidel Castro for his current “look”. However, he’s actually inspired by Bill Murray’s character in Kingpin.
In a chat with Ryan Satin of WWE on FOX, the SmackDown Superstar explained the thought process behind his shaggy look and pointed towards the 1996 comedy film as a source of inspiration – specifically Bill Murray’s character, Ernie “Big Ern” McCracken.
I had an inspiration early on from, I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the movie, Kingpin. Bill Murray’s character in Kingpin and the big game when his hair starts going little by little. That was a bit of an inspiration for me. I wanted to have that look.
‘The Great Liberator’ said that not only was it ‘Big Ern’, but WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart who helped craft the Sami Zayn we see on SmackDown – Bret more so for the way The Hitman’s hair gradually changed midway through a match.
Or Bret Hart from a more practical point of view, where he’d come out looking one way, but then as the match progressed he looked a different way. And it kind of gave off the effect that this person’s going through hell and they’re in a war.
They [Murray and Hart] come out and their hair’s looking one way, but by the end, it’s just everywhere, you know? So, I kind of like that aspect of it.
It’s really strange. Like, it’s something you would have heard in the 70s. ‘Cut your hair, hippy.’ But, it’s 2021. How can this bother you?
If it helps get under people’s skin in any way or helps me be any more unlikable, then I like it.
And I do think especially now, because of the conspiracy theorist sort of skew on the character, it kinda goes hand in hand with that. It looks like someone who’s been holed up in his basement a little while, going down a YouTube rabbit hole and now he’s paranoid. Too much coffee. God knows what. That’s kind of the aesthetic I’m going for a little bit.
h/t Wrestling Inc for the transcription.