Why Dwayne Johnson’s still The Rock

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The actor brings weight and a sense of community to everything he does – whether it be promoting his new film Red Notice or promoting his Teremana brand of tequila.

There are a few things to wake up at 4:00 AM. Talking to one of the world’s greatest movie stars (even if she’s on Zoom) is one of them. When Dwayne Johnson appears on my screen, he’s three hours late. It was a crazy race to premiere his new film in Los Angeles. Red notice followed by a day full of interviews (organized by Netflix to promote said film) – my last of the day. But his signature smile is ready.

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It is this feeling of warmth that attracts people and which, thanks to his subtle business sense, made the 49-year-old actor either the highest paid actor or the second highest paid actor in the last five years. Forbesannual list – with estimated total revenue of $ 430.4 million. “I think the reason he is adored is because he adores other people,” Oprah Winfrey recently said. Vanity Fair magazine. “He really is what he seems. And people know that. “

(LR) Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson in Red Notice | Photo: Netflix

We can see this, for example, in the way he uses social media to his advantage. His food is flavored with his workouts and famous pancake cheats, brand advertisements and movie promotions. There are also photographs of him doing a manicure for his five-year-old daughter, Jasmine. After perfectly matched Instagram influencer profiles, it looks like a lively and joyful mess. But you want to be a part of it.

In the clip, which has 6.6 million views, Johnson pulls up in his pickup truck next to a tour bus passing through his neighborhood in Hollywood. “Can you tell me where I can find the Stone?” he asks when tourists go crazy. The same Vanity Fair he explains: “There was a time when no one knew who I was … I roll down the windows as a reminder. What an incredible position. You have a chance to make someone’s day. “

Dwayne Johnson in

Dwayne Johnson in Red Notice | Photo: Netflix

The vanity is real

  • Johnson is also a serial entrepreneur. Teremana, the tequila brand he launched last March, is his pride and joy (an interest he shares with his co-star Reynolds, whose Aviation Gin was acquired by Diageo last August). Johnson’s Instagram has a Red Notice cocktail recipe in case anyone’s curious. He is also a co-owner of the XFL American Football League; collaborated with Under Armor to create a clothing line; co-founder of ZOA, an energy drink; and also participated in rapper Tech N9ne’s new song “Face Off”.

Thinking about packs

When he settles down for our chat – his casual gray tee contrasts nicely with the purple Ralph Lauren jacket on the red carpet the night before – we start with Game plan (2007). One of my favorite films, this is the last one to be credited with the WWE stage name “The Rock”. “I had a lot of fun doing this movie,” Johnson says. Hindu weekend… “It was a turning point in my career.”

Not only did it mark a departure from being recognized as a former wrestling star to being recognized as an independent actor, but the film, produced by Disney, also showed its versatility. In the role of star quarterback Joe Kingman, he plays the typical athlete, but by the end of the family comedy he is already in a ballet tutu riding a ballet tutu.

Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds at

Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds in Red Notice | Photo: Netflix

As it turned out, all these dances were good practice for Red notice… At a press conference earlier that day, co-star Gal Gadot playfully recalls the scene in which they dance. “I was very afraid for my legs,” she laughs, and he adds, “she thought she was dancing with a Velociraptor.” Despite his muscular 6-foot-4-inch figure, “he has light legs like a ballerina,” she says.

Art for art’s sake

Johnson plays FBI profiler John Hartley in art heist directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. This is the third time he has partnered with Thurber since Central Intelligence and Skyscraper, and their camaraderie on set is well documented. As well as the cutting edge technology that they both enjoy working with. In a recent interview with comicbook.com, Thurber refers to Komodo, a 6K camera that they attached to a racing drone to capture immersive scenes – such as the opening shot of him “flying” the audience across the bridge to Johnson at the door. museum, and the subsequent chase – where the camera never cuts.

Dwayne Johnson on set with writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber

Dwayne Johnson on set with screenwriter-director Rawson Marshall Thurber | Photo: Netflix

This is a reminder that in his films Johnson is often surrounded by relics and artifacts (remember Jumanji movies or more recent Jungle cruise). The actor says: “I have always been very interested in history and interested in art. Although I was lucky enough to travel and see some interesting places … [Red Notice] really opened my eyes to the greatest museums in the world and to the art that they preserve. ” Technology, art and action are at every turn – Agent Hartley teams up with art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) to defeat his rival, Bishop (Gadot). Throw in some rudely interrupted car chases, getaways on mopeds, and light shaving on a yacht, and you have a film that doesn’t pretend to be intellectual, but is very addicting.

Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in a shot from

Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Announcement | Photo: Netflix

Netflix x action

Netflix loves big, bold action films. Think about 2019 6 Underground, also starring Reynolds. Michael Bay’s film budget was $ 150 million. Or last year Extraction, directed by Sam Hargrave for $ 65 million. When I visited Chris Hemsworth’s set, starring, I was in the front row to see how big these productions could get. The team recreated Bangladesh back roads on the outskirts of Bangkok and even imported trash bags from Kolkata to make the trash on the streets look authentic!

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Netflix acquired distribution rights Red notice in 2019. Most of the film was filmed before the close of the pandemic (filming began in January 2020) in Atlanta, Rome and Sardinia with an initial budget of $ 160 million. It eventually came close to $ 200 million, making it the most expensive Netflix movie ever. At the film’s press conference, Johnson mentions a team of more than 1,000 people. So one can only imagine the scale of production.

Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson at a press conference

Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson at a press conference

There is something about the DJ

Although Johnson, the DJ of friends and fans, is quite capable of directing the film on his own, he also excels at putting together an ensemble. In his 43+ film careers Pain and intensification, then Jumanji films as well Hobbs and Shaw The spin-off comes to mind, as well as his rapport with co-stars, from Emily Blunt to Liam Hemsworth. While he and Gadot were acting in The fast and the furious franchise, this is his first job with Reynolds. “I’ve known Gal for 10 years and Ryan for 20 years,” he says. “Our chemistry comes with experience, time and trust.”

On and off screen

  • 25 Years of The Rock: This November marks the 25th anniversary of Johnson’s WWE debut on the 1996 Survivor Series pay-view. Peacock will have content for a month. Watch a special compilation of all his championship victories on YouTube.
  • Social Star: Johnson retains his Instagram stage name @therock. With 276 million followers, he is one of the five most popular accounts (after football players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as well as influential personality Kylie Jenner). He follows Ronaldo in the list of the highest paid celebrities on the media sharing platform.
  • Superhero Special: With Black Adam Johnson joins the DC family. After several roles that were a tribute to his immense strength, he finally plays the superhero himself. He will also voice Krypto, the Super Dog in the Super Pet League. Both films will be released in 2022.
  • Fast and Furious: Johnson and Vin Diesel’s feud has been public since the days of Fast and Furious 8, also known as Fate of the Furious. As the franchise draws to a close with issue 10, Diesel expanded the olive branch via an Instagram post earlier this week. “Nobody else can play Hobbs (sic). I hope that you will be at your best and fulfill your destiny, ”he wrote. Ball is now on trial for “little brother” Duane.

And with the “preservation of reality” behind the scenes. On November 5, he captioned an Instagram post from the red carpet of the premiere: “The two biggest movie stars in the world. And the guy who is famous for carrying a belt bag. ” He’s referring of course to the iconic image of him wearing a black turtleneck with jeans and a belt bag that he just can’t escape from.

The famous star, whose fans are of different ages, has been nominated for several People’s Choice Awards for Jungle cruise and Young rock. It is even rumored that he is running for President of the United States; 46% of Americans polled last month said they would support him. Perhaps these are family films like Tooth Fairy and Moana which makes him interesting, or is it his attitude towards responsibility in disaster films such as Fury and San Andreas. Maybe it’s because he’s so rock!

“I don’t think our Founding Fathers ever imagined that a bald, tattooed, half black, half Samoan, tequila drinking, pickup truck driver, a guy in a belt bag would join their club – but if that ever happens For me it would be an honor to serve you people, ”he said back in February. Then last month, he confessed on Instagram, “I’m shocked … but in the end I don’t know anything about politics. I may have some leadership qualities, but that doesn’t necessarily make me a great presidential candidate. And that’s where I am today. “

Until then, we’ve got enough DJs to support us this weekend – double count Red notice and Jungle cruise (both premiered online yesterday), the first on Netflix and Emily Blunt starring on Disney + Hotstar.



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