Mark sat down the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and they chatted about his movie “Journey 2″.
2012 is going to be a very big year for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His summer blockbuster, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” just dropped a new trailer during the Super Bowl. His 3D family adventure, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” hits theaters this Friday. And when he’s not tweeting, looking like a living, breathing comic book character, or getting ready to team-up with Michael Bay, he’s training to step back into wrestling ring — where he’ll main event that pop culture circus known as WrestleMania 28 (in his hometown of Miami, Florida).
How does he manage to do it all? Moviefone spoke to The Rock about his upcoming projects, got him to trash talk both “Star Wars” and his wrestling rival, John Cena, offer some R-rated advice to his co-star, Josh Hutcherson, and hint that we may one day be calling him President Rock.
Plus, he finally explained how he knew about the death of Osama bin Laden before anyone else.
Dwayne Johnson: What’s funny is they were like, “You got 5 minutes,” and I said “Bullshit, it’s Moviefone, we got ten minutes.”
That makes it all worth it, coming from this old-school Rocky Maivia fan.
Wow, that’s a lot of love. And I’m going to reciprocate that, because for you to be a fan when I was running around with a haircut that looked like a pineapple and a blue outfit with strings and shit hanging off it, wow.
Well you can reciprocate by telling me how you found out about Bin Laden’s demise before anyone else?
If I tell you that, I won’t have to “kill” you, but I’ll have to behead you — no, I got my sources. I got friends in high places and low places. It was a very interesting day; I’m proud of our country and proud to be American. The individuals who were there were proud to let me know. I knew the President was going to give his speech; I thought he was going to give it at a certain time and so I thought, “I think it’s appropriate that I tweet ‘I’m damn proud to be an American’” and keep it in that space without giving away too much information. And then I got a call saying, “Now the President will give his speech in a couple of hours.” So we had about two hours of Rock tweets out there [Laughs].
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WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appeared on Monday’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC. The following are the highlights of the interview.
-Leno introduced him as Dwayne Johnson, but a “Rocky” chant broke out immediately, which Rock acknowledged briefly to get the chant to stop.
-Rock told a story about his college football fight. He was playing for the University of Miami and there was a fight with the San Diego State University football team. He said he saw the SDSU mascot playing it up, so he chased the mascot into the stands but never caught him. He recalled the coaches being upset with the team. “The worst thing that could have happened, it was on ESPN and my mom saw it,” Rock said.
-Leno brought up The Rock’s return to pro wrestling and said he’s happy to see it. “I can’t wait to go back,” Rock said. “I can’t wait for WrestleMania, because I love it and I’m passionate about it.”
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that the 3D family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, starring Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman and Kristin Davis, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on Friday, February 10. The New Line Cinema film will open in 282 IMAX® theatres domestically, simultaneous with the film’s North American wide release. It will also open on 166 IMAX® theatres internationally, 143 of which will open as of Friday, February 10th, with the additional runs debuting over the following weeks. Additional playdates will be added as pending bookings are confirmed.
ET was on the red carpet last night for the premiere of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, a sequel with Dwayne Johnson, of whom his co-stars spoke very kindly.
“Dwayne is Superman,” director Brad Peyton said. “He’s the nicest guy in the world, and he can also bench-press you at will.”
Co-star Josh Hutcherson also had his share of admiring words for the man who rose to fame as a professional wrestler
“He’s a guy that can go from being the big action star, and then he flashes that million-dollar smile and just makes the ladies swoon. He’s got a very sensitive, compassionate side to him too,” the 19-year-old actor said.
“To steal the term, it’s been a hell of a ‘journey,’” Johnson said as he flashed his ‘million-dollar smile.’ “I got to play the ukulele. I got to sing to Sir Michael Caine. I got to make my pecs pop. I mean, some call it entertainment [but] I would refer to it as heaven.”
The 39-year-old charismatic gentleman just winked at the camera when asked about the movie.
“That’s my international way of saying it’s damn good,” Johnson explained. Somehow we already knew exactly what he meant.
Added over 270 screencaps of the wonderful video tribute posted by wwe.com called “Follow The Rock’s life as he prepares for his match against John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII” to the galleries. I have watched this video so many times.
Los Angeles Times Hero Complex
Feb. 03, 2012
The invasion is underway — “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” won’t arrive in theaters until June 29, but the commando sequel is already trying to win hearts and minds with the new commercial that airs on Super Bowl Sunday during the big game on NBC. It’s a film that will be driven by action and sprinkled with comedy, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, but it also aspires to bridge an interesting pop-culture generation gap.
When the first film in the franchise, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” arrived in theaters in 2009, di Bonaventura heard from plenty of confused people — the common link was that most had grown up in the 1960s or 1970s when G.I. Joe was a brand name synonymous with the 12-inch-tall military-man toy that introduced the term “action figure.” They were all unaware of the 1980s reinvention of the brand — in Marvel Comics, toys and animation — that used G.I. Joe as the code name for an elite, high-tech military force.