Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock who is currently promoting his latest film Rampage, says that it’s a big movie — big in scale, big in action and big in heart. “It’s epic in every way. We have not just a gigantic, amazing albino gorilla, we have a super-sized mutated grey wolf and a massive crocodile. We destroy a major city. So, what fans can count on is big, intense action that really pushes the envelope and creates a non-stop ride of fun and chaos,” he says while promoting the film.
The science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton, is loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games. The film also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy and others. While the actor is used to big action films before, his co-star Naomie is new to the genre. However Dwayne says that Naomie has serious dramatic chops. “But she’s also a badass who has guts. This was her first big action film with scenes of epic calamity and destruction, and she put a lot of trust in me when we filmed those scenes. It was incredibly impressive how she stepped onto the set and said, “I am throwing caution to the wind, bringing my experience to this film, even though I have never been in a helicopter that has crashed or been chased by enormous mutated animals. I’m just going to go for it,” he adds.
This is Dwayne’s third collaboration with director Brad Peyton. They have also worked together in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas. How has his working relationship evolved over the years? “I really enjoy working with Brad. He’s a real guy from a small, working class town in Canada, and he’s all about the work and making sure it’s as good as it can be. We don’t leave until we get the shot he needs,” he says, adding, “With Rampage, our motto was, ‘How is this going to be different?’ And he always figured out a way to make a scene or moment different from anything we’ve done before.” He adds, “Brad loves movies, especially big movies like Jurassic Park and the Indiana Jones films, and those inform his sensibilities. He preps like a champion athletic coach. Everything is painstakingly detailed. The devil lies in the details and so does success.”
Humour plays a key role in the films. So ask him why was that important and he replies, “The Rampage video game had a very simple storyline: three monsters destroy a city. But at the same time, the monsters would do things that would make the gamers laugh. For example, somebody would be taking a shower, and a monster would reach in the building, pull the naked victim out of the shower and eat him or her (laughs). We don’t have ‘naked eating’ in Rampage, because that would be a whole different movie we may make some day, but not today. But we do have fun moments where audiences can take a moment to breathe and laugh. It’s important to bring audiences along on an epic, action-packed journey, but sometimes you also have to let them have some fun.”
The actor hopes that the audience experiences the ride of a lifetime while watching the film. “Rampage is going to be an experience they have never had before. They’ll be thrown into a battle involving not one, not two, but three giant monsters,” he says signs off.