do you describe someone who is 1.93m, with broad shoulders
and has a megawatt smile that could light up an entire
called him Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
former WWE wrestler turned movie star was in town for
the promotional tour of his latest comedy “The
Game Plan”. The Disney family movie has amassed
over US$70 million domestically as of press time and
it still going strong. Not bad for an actor who first
appeared digitized on the big screen back in 2001 in
“The Mummy Returns”.
“The Game Plan”, he plays Joe Kingmen, a
successful, over-the-top quarterback who one day found
out he has an eight year old daughter (played by newcomer
Madison Pettis) whom he never knew existed. In the movie,
he has to play opposite Madison and a bulldog. Kids
+ Animals are a deadly combination in Hollywood. Because
both are well-known to be well, troublesome. However,
Dwayne did that and he genuinely feels that in fact
some “adults” are harder to please without
citing who. We strained our ears wanting to know who
he’s referring to but he never “accidentally”
blurt that out.
everyday on the set, it’s a challenge for him
because it’s a comedy, something which he has
yet to fully accomplish on the screen. But judging from
his personality and his lively banter with the journalists
present, he’s destined for it.
the following exchange:
movie do you think you should be in it and what’s
His reply was “Brokeback Mountain” and to
heaps of laughter, he said he should be the horse.
a personal layer to the role of Joe Kingmen is the inclusion
of Dwayne’s personal idol, Elvis Presley. Even
the surname Kingmen was altered to fit the character’s
persona. Kingmen found inspiration from Elvis in the
movie, the real-life Dwayne Johnson has been a fan of
Elvis for years and has been an Elvis’s memorabilia
collector. You got to check out “The Game Plan”
to see him singing a couple of Elvis songs. To everyone’s
delight, he did sing a line (tongue-in-cheek) during
the press conference though.
athletic, hip-hop loving actor is fast rising to be
a huge star and is poised to tackle more diverse roles.
He recently did the sports drama, “Gridiron Gang”
and Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales”
and he’s seriously looking into doing musicals
though he admits he won’t be getting any Grammies
anytime soon. His wish list of actors and directors
whom he wished to work with in future include Clive
Owen, Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood, Peter Berg
(they worked together in “Rundown”).
a six year old daughter in real-life must have helped
in preparing his role as Joe Kingmen, the doting dad
even went into a hassle of decorating a room for his
daughter when she paid him a visit in LA when he’s
from the wrestling circuit, the man formerly known as
“The Rock” has decided to drop his famous
moniker back to his birth name Dwayne Johnson. Given
his professionalism (he suffered a ruptured Achilles
tendon injury but insists on a round-about shoot) and
passion for acting, we are bound to see more of him
on the big screen.
you wish to see Dwayne Johnson tackle comedy, doing
ballet and crooning mushy Elvis songs, remember to catch
“The Game Plan” when it opens here on 1st
November 2007. Bring the whole family because it’s
The Game Plan opens 1 November and is reviewed here
Report: Linus Tee | Photos: Lokman BS &
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Singapore |
Video: Richard Lim Jr