Hollywood professionals can take inspiration from a variety of sources, be they cartoons, consumer products, or even real life figures, there's always something to keep the creative wheels turning. Actors especially need inspiration, as it can help them turn a good performance into a great one. Just ask Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who recently admitted there are two things he likes to use when it comes to developing character, one of which is key to any good actor's toolbox: the music that makes him cry.
In a recent New York Times interview, Johnson admitted that when he needs to work up a good cry in a somber scene, there's one piece of music that really brings out the water wroks, Whitney Houston's "Didn't We Almost Have It All?"
Music apparenlty breaks down the savage beast within Johnson, and when the San Andreas star hears Houston's 1987 ballad, it breaks something loose inside. Now, bear with us, as we haven't heard it in a while – and we're guessing you haven't either. That in mind, let's take a listen to a nostalgic piece of '80's romance, shall we?
Yeah... we definitely have to say that we can't blame Dwayne Johnson for reacting the way he does to that one. In fact, the interviewer further commented on how Johnson's face "crumpled into sadness at the end of the sentence," which either means that Johnson is a huge Whitney fan or he's got some particularly somber memories attached to that song. Either way, the man known as "franchise viagra" is going to have to bring some A-game if he's going to overcome the slump he suffered after last year's Hercules bombed at the domestic box office. Otherwise, those tears just might be a little easier to come by outside of a role in a Fast And Furious movie.
For as tough and bad-ass an image as Johnson puts out to the world, he's always just as eager to show how much of a kind-hearted softy he can be when the mood strikes. After all, it's not easy to be the baddest man in the room, and to maintain the killer edge Dwayne Johnson lives so easily upon, sometimes you need to let it all out in the privacy of your own bubble bath listening to your iPod. Although this kind of makes us wonder, what does The Rock listen to when he wants to get pumped up to bust down the doors and pick a fight? Guess we'll have to wait until the Central Intelligence press rounds to find out the answer to that one.
San Andreas hits theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D screenings on Friday, May 30th.
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