The Rock / Raichu. Graphic by House Money Studios.
Raichu is the evolved, more powerful, version of Pikachu. Once upon a time, The Rock was Pikachu. He helped rewrite wrestling history alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin (Charmeleon?) as part of the unforgettable Attitude Era.
But after exploding onto the A-list, and being named the world’s highest-paid actor on the 2016 Forbes 100, The Rock is past electrifying with lightning bolts. Now he uses thunder.
In the WWE Universe, The Rock, like Raichu, is a rare find. He’ll come around every once in a while for a memorable moment, but he has now successfully transitioned into a full-time bona-fide star. Despite its rarity, Raichu is the benchmark that most, if not all, pro wrestlers should aspire to.
The Rock and I have a special relationship—I have been friends with his family for so long, and I’ve known him forever. I will always remember when he first got in touch with me about wrestling and said, “It’s Dwayne Johnson.”
“Rocky Johnson’s son.”
“Holy shit.” I had not seen him in over ten years.
“I would like to meet with you. I’m in Tampa.”
I had no idea Rocky Johnson lived in Tampa, or that Dwayne’s parents didn’t want him in the business. He had an in at the FBI but wanted to try wrestling first. When I saw him in action, I called Vince [McMahon, WWE chairman] and told him he wanted to see this kid, not tomorrow but yesterday. They brought him to the office and he had a meeting with Vince and he was hired. His career was out of my hands from that point forward. I didn’t exactly give him a job, but part of what I did was let the office know who I thought we should look at. And in Dwayne, I really saw something special. Continue reading
Central Intelligence, the other big release of the weekend, snagged a $13.005 million Friday, including $1.835m in Thursday previews. The Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart action comedy is a Warner Bros./Time Warner TWX -1.43% Inc. release in the states, although Universal/Comcast CMCSA -1.16% Corp. is distributing the $50m New Line Cinemas production overseas. The picture is banking on old-school star power, with two of the few “face in the trailer” movie stars around teaming up for what could be a new franchise.
The film stars Hart as a “peaked in high school” accountant who discovers that the class outcast has grown up into, well, someone who looks like The Rock and works for the CIA. It earned somewhat decent reviews. Heck, I might even argue that Warner Bros. erred by not letting the embargo drop sooner. The “wait until the last minute” embargo had us all thinking the worst. Continue reading
Fans are thrilled over the news that one of the world’s biggest action stars, Dwayne Johnson, will be taking on the role of the world’s first superhero, Doc Savage. The actor made the announcement via Instagram, expressing his excitement by saying: “But here’s the No. 1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!” He added: “Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one-of-a-kind character.”
Few people realize that Superman was largely based on Doc Savage, who was trained from infancy to be the perfect human specimen. In many ways his father and the team of scientists who developed his physical and mental abilities succeeded. With his genius level IQ, the character became a brilliant scientist. He had heightened senses and amazing strength, but he lacked Superman’s charm. One of the most endearing things about Savage was his lack of social graces. He had a tendency to be shockingly direct, not unlike a version of The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, with super powers.
The former wrestler and super-sized actor is bulking up his big-screen presence
Look around and suddenly it seems like Dwayne Johnson is everywhere. Back on TV in Ballers. Starring in a new comedy with Kevin Hart. Every month there’s another announcement concerning Hollywood’s favourite post-millennial action hero.
Oh, and have you downloaded his alarm clock yet?
But flash back a few years, and it was Johnson’s career that needed a wake-up call. He’d gone from being the wrestler known as The Rock to a big man in a series of smaller and smaller roles. Remember Doom?Race to Witch Mountain? Get Smart?
Before he even set foot on a film set, Dwayne Johnson was creating great characters in the wrestling ring, perhaps none better than the eyebrow-raising, People’s Elbowing “The Rock.” He was so naturally likable that the cocky villain quickly turned into a beloved antihero. Everybody smelled what The Rock was cooking.
Johnson carried that never-ending charisma to the big screen and it’s in full gear in his new Central Intelligence (in theaters Friday). Amid an anti-bullying message and “Be the hero of your own story” theme, the buff actor plays a former chubby kid turned rogue CIA agent who disrupts the life of a former classmate (Kevin Hart) on the eve of their 20-year high school reunion.
How does he rate in the definitive ranking of best and worst Johnson movie roles? Let’s break it down. (No uncredited cameos, straight-to-video releases or animated parts are counted. But we still love you, Planet 51.)
21. Sarge (Doom, 2005)
An action-packed video-game adaptation may have seemed like a good idea at the time. We’re giving The Rock a mulligan for this one.
20. Derek Thompson (Tooth Fairy, 2010)
Goonish hockey enforcer doesn’t believe in the tooth fairy, gets wings as his punishment and receives a stern talking-to from Julie Andrews.
19. Hank (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 2012)
The mission: To break some codes and save an old man on a wondrous island. What actually ensues along the way: battles with killer eels, campfire songs and Johnson bouncing berries off his flexing pectorals.
18. Mathayus (The Scorpion King, 2002)
On their first day shooting “Central Intelligence,” their new spy-themed action comedy, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart were given an extremely difficult scene.
Difficult, meaning it was impossible not to break up laughing and ruin the shot. They were playing doctor and patient in a therapist’s office, and they were staring at each other, real close, trying not to blink or speak. For Hart especially, this was very hard to do.
“Kevin could just not keep a straight face,” says director Rawson Marshall Thurber. “We had 12 minutes of him laughing, and I was like, ‘Oh man, I don’t know if we’re ever going to finish anything!’ Kevin is an assassin; he WILL make you laugh. Dwayne was a good sport, he held it together, but there’s only so much a dam can hold before it breaks.” Continue reading
In 2007, director Richard Kelly released a follow-up to his metaphysical head-scratcher/late-bloomer cult classic Donnie Darko — a paranoid satire titled Southland Tales that was so weird and staggeringly dense that it made his previous film look like a sitcom.
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could be following in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s footsteps!
In a new interview with GQ, the 44-year-old shared his desire to move his career from Hollywood stardom to political platforms in the future — even admitting that he’d like to be president.
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NEW YORK — For two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, size quite literally matters.
Just look at the poster for action comedy Central Intelligence, in which a gunslinging Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson towers over a panicked Kevin Hart. The cheeky tagline: “Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson.”
“There’s just something about seeing the visual of us together,” says Johnson, 44, who at a brawny 6-foot-5 dwarfs his 5-foot-4 co-star.
Adds Hart, 36: “We talked about the poster way before we even got into the film. We knew the visual of Dwayne and myself was going to be amazing, so we’re already going to have people’s attention. Let’s just make sure that once we get their attention, we keep it.”
In Central Intelligence (in theaters Friday), the actors play former high-school classmates who meet again two decades later under potentially lethal circumstances. Calvin Joyner (Hart), voted “most likely to succeed” his senior year, is now listlessly trapped behind a desk as an accountant. He’s passed over for yet another promotion, and his stress is compounded by marital strife with his high school sweetheart (Danielle Nicolet) and their upcoming 20-year class reunion.
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