Dwayne Johnson’s career never has fit neatly into any one box. He’s constantly switched things up, going from football to wrestling to Hollywood, defying expectations along the way. He may have started his movie career as an action hero, but he’s managed to expand his success, not just into other genres, but into other formats as well. Along with a full slate of films, Johnson also stars in the HBO series Ballers, and he says he’s really enjoyed getting the opportunity to work on a show like that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Ballers, which has already been picked up for a fifth season, airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on HBO.
Dwayne Johnson has led a charmed life, and he knows it. When his career as a football player didn’t pan out, he quickly rebounded by becoming a wrestling superstar. His celebrity status, in turn, led him to Hollywood, where he was able to prove he was no flash in the pan. Since starring in his first feature, The Mummy Returns, in 2001, he’s been working steadily, with dozens of films to his credit. Right now, he’s starring in the HBO series Ballers, and by the end of 2019, we’ll see him in at least four more movies. Life has been good for Johnson, and he told us he isn’t the type who takes it for granted. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
In a lot of ways, Skyscraper is a throwback movie, bringing back memories of ’70s disaster classics like Earthquake! and The Towering Inferno. Dwayne Johnson, who produced and also stars in the movie, told us that was the idea behind the film — to wrap up a lot of his favorite movies in a new, thoroughly modern-looking package. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
In so many of his movies, Dwayne Johnson has played characters that are not just able-bodied, but are at peak physical capabilities. But in the new action movie Skyscraper, he’s really challenging himself, playing a character who’s an amputee. He told us it wasn’t easy — he did a lot of research into not only how his character would move, but also how he would think. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Rampage, featuring Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris, hits Blu-ray and DVD July 17 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.The project marks Johnson’s third collaboration with filmmaker Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).
The narrative centers on primatologist Davis Okyoe (Johnson) who teams with a geneticist (Harris) to deliver an antidote that will keep mutated animals from destroying the Earth. Davis’ friend George, a rare albino silverback gorilla, is among the animals who have been altered from this genetic experience, and Davis get to George before he creates further destruction.
Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes, featurettes (“Not a Game Anymore,” “Trio of Destruction,” “Actors in Action,” “Attack on Chicago,” “Bringing George to Life”) and a gag reel. The DVD version comes with “Not A Game Anymore.”