Dwayne Johnson is generally known for his career in the WWE and the serious career he’s made for himself as an action star on the big screen, but as we all can learn in these new promos for MTV Movie Awards Takeover, he can be a great teacher as well.
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So, Brett Ratner has made a “Hercules” movie that’s coming out this summer. It’s certainly not a sentence we enjoy writing, but those are the facts and whether or not we like it, this thing is real and happening. But on the plus side, the always magnetic Dwayne Johnson is in the lead. But again, this is a Brett Ratner joint.
Anyway, the first clip from the movie is here and we’ll certainly give the director props for delivering something we’re not used to seeing from him. Removed from his usual urban comedy setting, Ratner certainly goes for some pretty big scope and size, and in this first (weirdly edited) clip from the movie, Hercules is threatened, some dudes rise out from the ground, and there is some yelling. Again, this is a “Hercules” movie, so par for the course. And at least it’ll be better than that Kellan Lutz movie, right?
“Hercules” arrives on July 25th. Click on link to watch below.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies at CinemaCon, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up about the death of his Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker. Here are highlights:
On making sure Walker’s character has a fitting finale: “It’s very important for everybody involved, of course. It’s not easy, and it’s a challenge when you have something like this — a beloved person. Paul, as you guys know, he was truly one of the good guys — a great dude, who didn’t take himself seriously, loved what he did, understood the business of the business. You got the real deal, genuine guy when you got him. So it’s important for everybody to creatively honor him in the best way that we possibly can.”
On his movie family dealing with the loss: “[You deal with it] as best you can. We’ve all dealt with that kind of loss before, where it jolts us and it jolts our hearts. I think it also has a way of informing us. Loss like that also has a way of making us love better, love stronger, appreciate our loved ones and our family that much more, when we wake up and when we go to bed. How families deal with loss, everyone has their own process.”
On feeling sad for Walker’s daughter: “We had talked about that a multitude of times — how cool it is to be a dad. There’s that really special bond between a dad and his little girl. She’ll always be his little girl. … So my biggest pain was for his family and for his daughter, mom, and dad.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does not think much of his Hercules screen rival.
“The Legend of Hercules,” starring “Twilight’s” Kellan Lutz as the Greek demi-god, came out first and was considered competition to Johnson’s upcoming epic “Hercules” (out July 25).
Not to Johnson, who insists in his first comments on the film rival, that he didn’t even see it.
“When a movie is not built on a foundation of passion then you roll the dice and run the risk of making something that is not up to par,” Johnson tells USA TODAY. “And I think in that case, that was the type of movie that they made. It came, it went, and I believe it had no impact on our movie.”
Director Renny Harlin’s “The Legend of Hercules” tanked at the box office in January with a total haul of $18 million. At the time, Lutz had said he was excited about seeing Johnson’s “Hercules” later in the summer.
Johnson says that the rival picture caused some initial “confusion” for potential movie-goers. “There were two Hercules moviescoming out,” he says.
But now Johnson believes that the poorly-reviewed “The Legend of Hercules” might have even propelled his own film in the end.
“I think it helped our movie because of the quality of the movie that they made,” says Johnson.
Johnson’s “Hercules” showed off its first true images last week along with a battle-filled first trailer. Johnson, who has been working on the passion project for 10 years, declines to predict how the film will play at the box office in July.
“But we made a good movie. When you make a good movie you have got a shot of doing okay at the box office,” says Johnson. “What I am confident about is the connection we will have with the audience.”
In DC Comics‘ and Warner Bros‘ ongoing attempt to emulate the Marvelverse and introduce huge numbers of characters to the screen, with all the attendant potential for standalones, spin-offs and the like, one name has been around for a long time without becoming attached to any known role. Or rather, two names, one guy: The Rock, maybe better known nowadays as plain Dwayne Johnson. Rumors have swirled for ages, such that we basically know for sure the man will be in a DC movie soon— probably at least for a moment in “Batman vs Superman,” likely with a bigger role in a putative “Justice League” movie a year or two later.
Yesterday, Johnson stoked the fires of speculation a little more, talking at length about the kind of role it would have to be without really saying anything concrete (strictly, he didn’t even confirm he’s been cast, but c’mon). And for those that like a puzzle, he revealed three clues about the character he might be playing (viaComingSoon), adding that the project is out to writers:
“The first quality we were looking for is that he had to be extremely complex and have a lot going on and what that does for me as an actor and for the studio, just gives us space that we can explore his complexities. The other quality is that the character we were looking for had to be well known but never brought to life. That does, again as an actor, is that it gives me a little bit of space and it just gives me a chance to put an imprint into his personality with the set of tools that I can bring to the table and put a very unique twist on his personality but still pay homage to who he is. The third thing and most important is that he had to be a badass mother***ker and on a Superman level of power where he could throw down.”
Let the speculation begin! Is this a longwinded way of saying he’ll be playing Lobo (even though a year ago, Dwayne Johnson said that character “went away” and it’s debatable how well known he is?). Any other DC character that fits the bill we’re not thinking of? Let us know below, and yeah, don’t count on it being Green Lantern.
With the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 set in stone, the speculation for the 2015 ceremony has begun before the 2014 event has even taken place. Some of the speculated names for next year include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and New World Order originals Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan as a trio.
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Hall will go into the Hall by himself on April 5 at the New Orleans Arena on the eve ofWrestleMania XXX under the “Razor Ramon” moniker he used in the WWE in the early-mid 1990s. The fact that he’s going in as Ramon when he is more well-known from his nWo days as Scott Hall in WCW, has led many to speculate that he may be inducted twice.
Since Hogan is already in the Hall of Fame and Hall is going in as Ramon, it’s possible that the WWE is planning on having the pair, along with Nash, go into the Hall of Fame as the nWo. According to Wrestlingheadlines.com, it has also been widely speculated that The Rock will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame next year on the night before WrestleMania 31 in California, however nothing is set in stone.
It has been speculated that The Rock may be the headlining candidate next year and that the nWo may not want to play second fiddle to “The Great One.” If that is the case, and this is only speculation, the WWE could very well induct Kevin Nash under his WWE “Diesel” moniker by himself next year and have the trio go in as headliners the following year.
While The Rock is likely going in next year, the report indicates that just because Hall is going in under his Razor Ramon name, it doesn’t mean that the WWE is considering the nWo for next year as there have been no reports as to who the WWE will be inducting next year besides the rumors about The Rock.
Another name that has come up is the late Owen Hart, who died tragically when he fell to his death from the rafters at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City at the Over the Edgepay-per-view in May of 1999. Owen’s real-life brother Bret Hart said he believes that if Owen’s widow Martha could end her grudge with the WWE, perhaps Owen will go in next year.
Earlier this year, we saw what Renny Harlin’s version of ‘Hercules‘ looked like with ‘Twilight‘ star Kellan Lutz in the title role, but now it’s time for the strongman to take center stage. Brett Ratner is at the helm of this new adaptation of the ‘Hercules’ story with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the role he was born to play.
USA Today revealed the first two official photos (not the ones Johnson let loose via Twitter) from ‘Hercules,’ and although this transformation seemed like a simple one for the ‘Fast and Furious’ actor, “the No. 1 goal [was] to make the definitive version of ‘Hercules,’” he said, which required a lot of training. In true Rock style, Johnson was up every morning working out for hours at the gym.
This version of ‘Hercules’ is based on the graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars.’ According to USA Today:
The story finds Hercules after he has endured his famous 12 Labors (which included slaying a nine-headed hydra and the fearsome Nemean lion), punishment bestowed on him after killing his family in a fit of insanity.
Hercules is still in a dark place mentally, with scars from his many battles. But now he is traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.
It was unclear at first whether filming ‘Hercules’ would interfere with Johnson’s responsibility to ‘Fast and Furious 7,’ given the conflicting schedules. But in the end, he was able to pull off both — ‘Hercules’ will hit theaters this July 25, while ‘Fast 7′ is scheduled for release April 10, 2015.
UPDATE: The Rock unveiled the first ‘Hercules’ poster ahead of the big trailer reveal Tuesday. And, unsurprisingly, it features The Rock.