Dwayne Johnson is mostly known for his WWE career he started back in 1996 with the name Rocky Maivia in a group best recognized as "The Nation of Domination," per IMDB.com. Johnson later took over the group and changed his name to The Rock, for which he owns all rights.
Dwayne's latest project is this summer's blockbuster Hercules. This is the role that Johnson says he wanted to play as soon as he came to Hollywood fourteen years ago. In fact, he admitted in an interview with comicbookresources.com, "I first asked about it when I came to Hollywood 14 years ago. I asked about Hercules and Walking Tall, but at that time I was actually shooting Scorpion King, so it was a little close. I'm happy I didn't make it back then, because I couldn't have brought I think the same weight and substance, just living as a man and having the experiences I've had today," Dwayne says.
Director Brett Ratnor takes on an older Hercules in this film reports MTV.com. This film picks up after the legend we all know as the twelve labors, although there are flashback scenes. This version of Hercules is based on the Radical Studios novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, according to superherohype.com. Because of the demons in his past, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) has become a mercenary. Hercules (Johnson) along with five others, sell their services, so to speak, for gold. Things begin to change and take a twist when Hercules (Johnson) is asked to help the Ruler of Thrace defeat a horrifying warlord according to webpronews.com.
When Dwayne was asked to share his thoughts on this film, he was more than happy to reply. Without hesitation, Johnson said, "The tone is a nice, even balance." Johnson continued to tell reporters, "I think of Gladiator and 300. There's also personality in the movie. There's fun. There's some wink in the movie in a way that makes the audience feel good." And we all like Johnson's winks.
Audiences can look forward to seeing Dwayne Johnson as this demigod hero in theaters July 25th. If you are wondering if Hercules is the film for you, Johnson made one last statement as reported by comicbookresources.com about a certain quality of the character. " He had to be a badass, OK, and on a Superman level of power, where [he] could throw down," says Johnson. We will see for ourselves, Mr. Johnson. Hopefully we won't be disappointed.
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