Dwayne Johnson Wants In On Star Wars, Talks Possible Fast And Furious Spin-Off

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-03-23 21:21:55discussion comments
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Are there other franchises that you look at and think, “I want to give that a shock to the system?”

Oh easily. Star Wars. And that’s not to say that they need it. Obviously they’re doing very well. And J.J. [Abrams] is just gonna crush it. I’m so excited. There’s a guy, by the way, who’s not just a brilliant director, but honors and respects mythology. You’ve seen that with Star Trek and you’re going to see that with Star Wars. I’m very excited about that.

You also have the unique ability to be in family friendly-films and also do more serious stuff. Do you have a preference or do you enjoy that balance?

I like the balance. Balance is important. I started about 12-13 years ago in Hollywood. My goal then was to have a diverse career. And career as in long career. That’s what I wanted. It was important for me to do well, to become a good actor. But we also talked about challenges. One of my challenges was, well, I had no acting experience at all. I also came into Hollywood in a very non-traditional way. My parents weren’t actors or studio executives. I had two things: I had my love for movies, and character’s that I used to love and perform their monologues. As I got a little older, I also had the really, really strong platform of being able to perform in front of live audiences in the WWE. That provided a couple of things. It offered an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience, which has a whole host of challenges. There are 20-30,000 people every night, so it’s a big baptism by fire. But it also provided a platform for people to just tune in. “Let me see what this guy is doing…I’ve heard about this guy ‘The Rock’.”

Does it give you any concern that Renny Harlin is trying to do another Hercules movie before you?

No. None what so ever. I was born to play Hercules. I have loved and honored the mythology over the years – since I was a kid. When I first broke into Hollywood, Hercules was one of the movies that I, not chased, because I didn’t have the power to chase anything, but always had in the back of my mind. Everything happens for a reason, and it’s come back around full circle. Hold on, check this out…[fumbles around in his pocket for his phone, take it out and searches through it] So this was me last week with the director and all of the producers, slipping into character and becoming Hercules [shows picture of him in character, which features him with long hair hanging over his face, looking somber, and wearing a tattered shirt]. That will give you the idea of the type of movie we want to make and the definitive version of Hercules that we want. It’s going to be darker in tone, based on the awesome graphic novel.

So it’s not just a loincloth. It’s a costume and hair.

It’s full-on. We talked about, for example, the mythology of G.I. Joe, but here’s a mythology we have to honor and respect, and in doing so we’re bringing in big writers, and we based it off a much darker graphic novel. There’s tragedy and there’s pain, and in respecting the mythology of Hercules you find that he lives in pain and he lives in tragedy, and lives not to accept his fate or faith, until he finally does and it becomes a powerful moment. So yeah, we’re ready.
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