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This is a big year for Dwayne Johnson, the wrestler-turned-actor formerly best-known as “The Rock.” San Andreas, a disaster blockbuster in which he stars, arrives in theaters on Friday. Ballers — an HBO series in which Johnson serves as both executive producer and star — premieres in June. Furious 7, which stars Johnson in a supporting role, was the biggest movie of the year by a massive margin — until the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But don’t feel too bad about a superhero blockbuster taking Johnson’s number-one box-office slot; he’ll make his own, long-discussed superhero blockbuster debut in Shazam!, which is part of DC Comics’ big plan to establish its own Avengers-style universe. Johnson is so perfectly suited to the superhero genre that he was actually offered his choice of two starring roles in Shazam! — the titular superhero or his antiheroic adversary, Black Adam. Johnson chose Black Adam, reasoning that the role was “inherently more interesting.”

Johnson is absolutely right about Black Adam — but given the same choice, it’s hard to imagine many other actors passing on a top-line superhero role in favor of his less famous counterpart. This is the kind of thoughtful, measured approach to stardom that has turned Dwayne Johnson into a household name. The secret to Johnson’s rise to global fame as an actor over the past 15 years is simple: He’s consistently been the best thing, by far, about a bunch of otherwise middling movies.

Johnson’s filmography is unusually eclectic, pivoting sharply from one movie to the next: big action movies to wacky comedies, weird indie movies to fun little cameos, often playing himself. The only unifying trait is that every role seems to have been carefully chosen to show off another aspect of his talent. Johnson’s turn as the villainous Scorpion King in 2001’s The Mummy Returns was so much more interesting than the rest of the movie that it spawned an entire spin-off series repositioning his character as the hero. 2005’s Be Cool — a Get Shorty sequel that absolutely no one was asking for — only comes to life when Johnson pops up on the screen. He steals the show from Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway in 2008’s all-but-forgotten Get Smart reboot.

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If the earth is going to shake, rattle and roll underfoot, as it most assuredly does in San Andreas, is there another man on the planet you’d trust to face down such a seismic catastrophe, and tell it to shape up, shut up and knock that shit off?

No, that earthquake will take one look at this unfathomably charismatic, angry half-Samoan – this box-office titan who has crafted an impeccable brand name, who started out in his movie career using a silly stage named pinned on him by a seemingly dodgy pro-wrestling corporation, and then utterly transcended that career (in which he was truly lord of all he surveyed), gradually pupating out of his old identity through a placeholder sobriquet (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to his present identity under his real name – and it would sheepishly realign its tectonic plates once more and fall silent.

Last time I wrote about The Rock, he was not yet quite fully formed and it bugged me terribly. He was a bifurcated man, making cute movies for kids, his primary fanbase as a wrestler, such as Tooth Fairy, Game Plan and Race To Witch Mountain (I call these his “Pet Rock” movies), and bad movies for adults, iffy remakes like Walking Tall, and bad sports movies like Gridiron Gang, and illiterate thrillers like Faster.

But the signs of his genius were already evident. His gay bodyguard in Be Cool was the only eap, which is something of a precedent, and entirely commendable.) He proved his comedy chops again in Reno 911!: Miami and Get Smart. And there were pleasing oddities that suggested a venturesome actor not content to do as his agents told him, like Richard Kelly’s extraordinary heroic failure of an epic, Southland Tales.

Then he wisely attached himself to the slumping Fast/Furious franchise, a move that paid off earlier this year when the latest instalment coolly pounded a billion bucks out of the global box office. And then there was Pain & Gain, the strangest, vilest, possibly greatest movie of Michael Bay’s career, a bonehead kinda-masterpiece I’m still trying to figure out. By that time he was the top-grossing actor of 2013.

As he has refined his brand, Johnson has stepped out. His recurrent appearances on SNL, playing Hulk-like, shape-shifting Potus “The Rock” Obama, have been ridiculously endearing (especially whenever he flings Ted Cruz out of a window), and you haven’t lived until you’ve seen him lip-sync Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off with Jimmy Fallon (“Oh Jimmy, your ass is gettin’ ready to know Tay-Tay!”). There is an unadulterated joy to be derived from watching a performer make all the right movies, one after another. Vive Le Rock!

San Andreas is in UK cinemas on Friday 29th May

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Coming in the wake of a downbeat Memorial Day weekend at the box office, Warners’ disaster pic San Andreas is looking to send a few jolts through the multiplex as it eyes an opening at around $40 million or more.

In contrast, Sony’s romantic triangle Aloha, the weekend’s other new wide opener, is hoping to establish a foothold in the marketplace so that it can settle in for a lengthy run. While some analysts are betting the movie could open in $12-15 million territory, more cautious prognosticators are pegging it for an $8-10 million opening.

With Disney’s Tomorrowland, which opened to an underwhelming three-day figure of $33 million last weekend, expected to downshift into second place, the road is open for San Andreas, which harkens back to the old Irwin Allen disaster flicks of the ’70s, to easily claim the top spot. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a helicopter pilot called upon to execute multiple knick-of-time rescues, the PG-13 movie will bow in 3,777 theaters, the majority of them 3D houses. Warners and Village Roadshow co-financed and co-produced the $110 million production, from Warners’ New Line unit.

San Andreas teams Johnson with director Brad Peyton, who also guided the actor through 2012’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and producer Beau Flynn, who produced both Journey 2 and Johnson’s 2014 Hercules. Lost’s Carlton Cuse penned the screenplay, from a story by Andre Fabrizio and Jerry Passmore. Also appearing in the film are Carla Gugino and Paul Giamatti.

Johnson is coming off Furious 7, about to hit the $1.5 billion mark worldwide, in which he was part of a pumped-up ensemble. San Andreas will be a test of his current muscle as a leading man, who’s shouldering the entire picture himself. His recent outings, like Journey 2 and Hercules, opened to $27.3 million and $29.8 million, respectively, so the action star looks to top those numbers.

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Queensland’s rescue helicopter service CareFlight has come to the aid of thousands of people over the years — but no-one like Hollywood hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The service’s crew was instrumental in giving the wrestler-turned-actor the training needed for his role as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in the film San Andreas.

The film, which was shot in south-east Queensland last year, has been released in Australian cinemas today.

“We’re really excited about the movie and the publicity it will give our lifesaving work in Queensland,” CareFlight chief executive Ashley van de Velde said.

“The movie makers also made a kind donation that has gone towards buying lifesaving equipment for the not-for-profit service.”

In preparation for the role, Johnson was put through CareFlight’s rigorous training program on helicopter safety, winching and rescue procedures by experienced CareFlight air crewman Ben Trollope, who was also on standby during filming as an adviser.

“It was very important to the film producers and Dwayne Johnson that the helicopter rescue sequences were based on real-life mission procedures,”Mr Trollope said.

“I spent two weeks with Dwayne going through the techniques and one of our most experienced pilots did the same.

“Dwayne was one of the nicest people I’ve met and incredibly dedicated to getting the rescue procedure right.”

Director Brad Peyton said CareFlight were crucial to the film.

“Dwayne and the film crew wanted the action in the helicopter to be authentic and CareFlight and its crews have been fantastic,” Mr Peyton said.

“We really appreciate and respect the experience and standing CareFlight has in the rescue community.

“We were learning from the best.”

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Last year he spent two months in Queensland, Australia filming disaster flick San Andreas.

And it certainly seems like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson picked up some of the local culture during that time.

The 43-year-old made a special appearance on Nine’s coverage of Wednesday’s NRL State Of Origin, introducing the first of up to three New South Wales vs. Queensland clashes.

‘Origin,’ Johnson began. ‘It’s who you are. Where you’re from. Your ancestry. Blood, bone and meat. It’s parentage. Kin and race. Pedigree, dissent, stock.’

‘New South Wales versus Queensland. Played as only these superman can. Lighting up their birthplaces…this is where only the excellent excel.’

The A-list actor and former college football player paid tribute to some of the NRL’s greats, praising Allan ‘Alfie’ Langer, who has a medal named after him, all-time great Andrew ‘Joey’ Johns and current star player Greg Inglis.

Last April Johnson spent two months in Queensland, which at the time he called his ‘home away from home’ – so it’s not hard to guess what team he’s rooting for.

The annual State Of Origin is a best-of-three rugby series that pits the best players from New South Wales clubs against the best from Queensland – with each game selling out 50,000 and 80,000 seat stadiums.

Following The Rock’s introduction, Australian actor Ben Mingay, representing Queensland, had a musical clash with Shannon Noll, who wore NSW colours.

Johnson was last seen at the Los Angeles premiere of blockbuster disaster flick San Andreas on Tuesday.

The eight-time WWE Champion made a grand entrance, hanging off the side of a fire truck, before posing with mother Ata and daughter Simone.

He surely hopes to recapture the success of his last silver screen appearance, which was on Furious 7 – which is currently the fourth highest grossing film of all time.

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Who cares if the movie is good? The promo efforts have already been worth it.

San Andreas may wind up being a gloomy, dreadful disaster movie, the kind of pessimistic apocalypse porn that this weekend’s would-be blockbuster Tomorrowland specifically called out for ruining, well, everything. But no matter what the movie itself holds, it’s hard to imagine any film this summer being promoted with the kind of cheerful, anything-for-a-headline verve that The Rock has been bringing these last few weeks.

A wrestler turned movie star who can make virtually anything seem like a good time, The Rock has jumped into promotional duties for San Andreas with the kind of energy that might seem exhausting, or grating, from anyone else. He teamed up with a YouTube video interview series to conduct a surprise wedding (and got licensed by the State of California to make it legal and everything):

He’s fended off marriage proposals of his own:

He’s doomed the dreams of the class of 2015:

He’s set a Guinness World Record—certified and everything!—for the most selfies taken within a three-minute period.

Sure, some of this is just your typical works of promotion in the social-media age—why do a regular talk-show appearance when you can do a sketch that goes viral? Why have an Instagram if not to stroke the egos of your fervent fans? (#FromMyHeart). But The Rock, who has basically been ever present since the Furious 7 promotional duties started up in March, is just better at it than everyone else. No one else deserves the Guinness World Record for selfies because no one else would seem to enjoy it as much as this guy does. No one else deserves to have become a star thanks to a lot of ridiculous movies because no one else could make it seem like a wonderful reward after a lot of hard work. San Andreas may not do the world any good as a movie, but The Rock is enough of a gift to humanity to make up for it.

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May 26, 2015

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Dwayne Johnson in Furious 8, Possible Spinoff As Well If there was one complaint with the otherwise bombastic and satisfying Furious 7, it was that Hobbs AKA Dwayne Johnson, wasn’t in it enough. Originally he wasn’t going to be in it at all due to scheduling conflicts with Hercules. But after the untimely death of Paul Walker, production was delayed and Johnson was able to join the film in a supporting and memorable role.
But with Walker’s death, someone has to step in to help lead the franchise with Vin Diesel. Why not Johnson? It would certainly rekindle the cop vs. criminal dynamic that Diesel and Walker had in the first and fourth Fast & Furious movies and Johnson’s overall presence in the franchise definitely helps future business.
At a recent press conference for his new film San Andreas, Johnson confirmed he would be in Furious 8 saying, “Of course. It can’t go on without Hobbs.” In addition to returning to the Universal series, Johnson also answered questions regarding a possible spinoff movie involving Hobbs.
“We all are interested in it. I just had a big conversation with the studio. So we’ll see,” said Johnson. “I still think for me personally we’ve created a little bit of space for him in 7 and the gauge is set for what the audience will want. That’s my take on it, you know, but a lot of other people have to have input.”
A Hobbs standalone film would make sense for Johnson because when you think about it, he doesn’t really have his own signature franchise. He came into both Fast & Furious and G.I. Joe and other than those franchises, he hasn’t really led a major blockbuster to success. Hercules underperformed and San Andreas will be an interesting barometer for how well he can lead a major film.
There’s no question he has the talent and charisma to do it. It’s just a question of audiences clicking with one of his solo movies. I’m hoping San Andreas does well so we can see not only a Hobbs movie, but a sequel to my favorite Johnson movie; The Rundown.

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May 23, 2015

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As you know Dwayne The Rock Johnson has been a very busy man the last year. He was on overload at one time filming two movies and a tv show. (Yes, you read correctly) He even had time to revisit his roots and attend WrestleMania 31, where he cut a promo with UFC star Ronda Rousey. Not to mention that same weekend, the day before to be exact, Dwayne hosted Saturday Night Live for the 4th time.

The following weekend, The Rock saw a movie franchise he helped take to new heights break open the box office. That’s right, the seventh movie installment of The Fast and The Furious, Furious 7 became the #1 movie. It not only took the record of highest opening in April, it remained #1 for a number of weeks.

Now next weekend May 29th, the earth shattering, mega disaster movie San Andreas will show its epicness. This movie is the story of Ray Gaines and how far he will go to save not only his family but the whole city.

If you think I was done, I’m not. During the filming of the TV show and movies, Dwayne broke the news that he will play Black Adam in Shazam. He also made known that he will have a role in the animated tale Moana. Last but I’m sure not the end, The Rock Goes to Baywatch.

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May 22,2015

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Dwayne has been a football player, wrestler, actor, director, producer and now a priest. Over the past few years,we have seen many hilarious video interviews between Screen Junkie and Dwayne. This one to many is funny but also very sweet as well.

Don’t believe us watch the video.

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The Rock and Triple H engaged in one of the greatest rivalries in the history of WWE, and The Great One recently acknowledged that there has been talk about potentially rekindling it at WrestleMania 32.

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