What keeps Dwayne Johnson up at night?

28 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

San Andreas: Dwayne Johnson reveals he begged director Brad Peyton not to kill Kylie Minogue’s character.

And co-star Dwayne Johnson is making sure there are no Aussie fingers of blame pointed in his direction – as he insists director Brad Peyton had the final say on the fate of her character, Susan Riddick. Dwayne, who plays LA fire chief Ray Gaines in the action/adventure movie, also joked he still wants Australians to like him because he loves them so much so he places all the blame on the filmmaker’s head.

The 43-year-old hunk was clearly over the moon with the addition of Kylie to the cast of the movie and excitedly took to Twitter to announce she was going to star in the film last year. San Andreas sees Dwayne’s alter-ego Ray and his ex-wife Emma – played by Carla Gugino – travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a desperate search for their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) after a devastating earthquake hits California. The tectonic plates along the San Andreas fault are shifting and preparing to cause off-the-charts earthquakes, as a bearded, hysterical Caltech scientist (Paul Giamatti) tells a newswoman.

But Blake, in a nod to ’70s precursors “Earthquake” and “The Towering Inferno,” is having a potential romance with twit-ish Brit Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt). Daddario and Johnstone-Burt’s wide-eyed looks of fear aren’t convincing. (Blake, at least, is a survival-minded woman who can bandage wounds and find higher ground.) Giamatti spends a lot of time hiding from debris under tables. Every warning sign scrutinized — animal behavior, weather patterns, electromagnetic signals, atmospheric observations, levels of radon gas in soil or groundwater — has failed. “We wish it were as simple as the movie portrays.

The latest focus has been on creating early warning systems that give residents and businesses a few seconds heads up after a quake hits, but before strong shaking is felt. While seismic waves from great quakes can make the Earth reverberate like a bell, the ringing can only be detected by sensitive instruments because it’s so low. Since 2008, millions of people in California and elsewhere have participated in yearly disaster drills in which they practice diving under a table and learn other preparedness tips. If you’re outdoors when the ground moves, experts recommend bracing against a wall, similar to what search-and-rescue helicopter pilot Ray Gaines, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, told scared survivors in the movie. “Having Paul Giamatti shouting, “Drop, cover and hold on!” and The Rock telling people to crouch against a wall if they can is one heck of a PSA,” Hough said.

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