Cementing stardom, actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson thanks Spielberg

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chicago, watch The Rock save California in San Andreas early and for free.

I get pretty peeved at the ridiculous death-dealing modes movie makers have been choosing for L.A.’s demise, and you can add sharknados, cyborgs and dragons to the wacky list.And in the wake of Nepal’s massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which took the lives of numerous people on April 25, Dwayne has spoken about how his new film serves as a reflection on disaster. “The ideology of family and strength coming together through a tragedy [is a disaster’s silver lining],” he noted during a press conference for San Andreas, according to People magazine. “I think that we made the movie knowing and understanding the content of it and what we were making,” Dwayne noted. “The world we live in and the life we have today, these things happen.

To promote Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie, “San Andreas,” you can sit inside a giant truck and get “rocked” while you watch snippets of the movie.The wrestler-turned-actor, who plays a divorced rescue helicopter pilot searching for his teenage daughter after a massive earthquake hits California, revealed he could relate to the character as the divorced dad of his own teenage daughter, Simone. “I know what it’s like to be divorced, I know what it’s like to struggle in relationships, I know what it’s like to have a pretty good job and be pretty good at your job, but at the same time have insecurities,” he explained.It’s tough feeling like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, but, if you’re stuck between The Rock and a hard place, then the solution is easy: Always go with The Rock. But just like the wrestler-actor himself, his May 29 release, “San Andreas,” which revolves around a catastrophic earthquake, has a bit more substance behind the action. “We had the top seismologists challenge the script,” says Johnson, who will be honored at a hand- and footprint ceremony May 19 at TCL’s Chinese Theater. “They walked away saying everything in this script is plausible, including the tsunami.

Johnson continued to say he drew on his real life experiences, “I drew on the awesome relationship I have today with my teenage daughter cause there’s no greater bond than daddy-daughter.” The 43-year-old admitted his daughter thinks he’s cool, even though he embarrasses her, “She quietly thinks I’m cool, but I just have this tendency to embarrass the s**t out of her at any time, ’cause I’m that dad who’ll all of a sudden breaks out in song. I had never gone into a project that had that level of research and detail by the experts.” “San Andreas” comes on the heels of Johnson’s April box office bonanza “Furious 7” and is part of a summer one-two punch that shows just how much he’s expanded his oeuvre over the past few years. The first California movie earthquake I know of was the 1936 “San Francisco,” about the 1906 quake, a film in which catastrophe serves to reunite the reformed scoundrel Clark Gable and his songbird squeeze Jeanette McDonald.

In the movie, Johnson plays Ray, a helicopter pilot who basically takes it upon himself to save the population of California (including Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, and Paul Giamatti) when a high-magnitude earthquake wreaks some major havoc on the West Coast. Just weeks after “San Andreas” destroys Los Angeles on the bigscreen, Johnson will produce and star in his first scripted series, “Ballers,” which bows June 21 on HBO.

Decades later it was Charlton Heston, gritting his splendid teeth in “Earthquake,” one of those huge, multiple-subplot disaster movies with a stew of stars, the two biggest of whom, Heston and Ava Gardner, actually die in the film. Inside the truck, big enough to seat 90 people, visitors will sit in seats equipped with “butt kickers” and watch 3D footage from the movie, which opens on May 29.

A lot of the things he’s chosen to go into were just a little bit outside of the box from what he’d traditionally been (doing) in the earlier part of his career. So I think the idea of coming together, like we’re showcasing in our story, resonates with people.” Johnson spent time training with first responders in L.A. and Australia to prepare for the role, an experience he tells PEOPLE allowed him to fully appreciate “just how special and unique they are, and it’s why so few are able to do it.”

The truck has already shaken things up for moviegoers in Toronto, Detroit, Cincinnati and Minneapolis and will travel on to Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles when it leaves Kansas City. I felt like if I had diversity as an actor and in my career, then that would give me longevity.” As Johnson expands his influence in Hollywood, he never strays far from his wrestling roots, which go back to his father and grandfather, both of whom were professional wrestlers. Preposterous though its science might turn out to be, it still might send people home from the theaters thinking, “Y’know, maybe I should have some stuff like food and water and meds handy, and get an emergency plan going.” The problem with this – as I can already guess from the trailer — is that for the movie’s star, Dwayne Johnson, the notion of “emergency supplies” means a helicopter.

Johnson continues to help boost the profile of his mentor Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment, most notably with his triumphant part-time return to the ring as the Rock in 2011, which he calls “gratifying.” “I felt like I knew how to connect with people in a genuine way, and that’s what the platform of wrestling allowed me to do,” he says. “I want to give back to this world of wrestling. Even after a busy press day filled with phone calls and interviews, he’s not willing to admit defeat. “Sometimes my buddies are like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m so tired of doing this press stuff.’ I’m like, ‘Really?

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