Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson was photographed with his 12-year-old daughter Simone in Miami, FL. The father-daughter duo took in the Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks game on Thursday (February 27).
“When I got the news that he had passed away, the first words out of my mouth were, ‘He has a daughter,’” said Johnson of the recent death of his close friend and costar, Paul Walker. “It’s very sad.”
“When I first met Paul, I think in our late 20s, we were young kids in the business,” he added. “Then, years later, when I did 2011′s Fast Five, we had an opportunity to spend a lot of time together and become reacquainted. At that time, we had both been in the business…for over a decade, and the most important thing that we had in common was the importance of family time and being a great father to our daughters. We bonded over that.”
Simone’s mother is Johnson’s ex-wife, Dany Garcia.
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“At one time, Kenny Anderson was an NBA All-Star and one of the best players in the world. Today, he’s a struggling man trying to get better. Spent hours with him in this empty arena talkin’ man to man.. Life isn’t about gettin’ knocked down.. but gettin’ back up. One step at a time… Proud of the progress we’re seeing on our show #WakeUpCall”
After the tragic, horribly ironic death of Paul Walker in a car crash in November of last year, the fate of Universal’s “Fast and Furious” franchise, which has become one of the studio’s most dependable and profitable properties, was very much up in the air.
At the time of Walker’s death, the movie was only halfway done with filming, and had a summer 2014 release date looming. Universal decided to finish the movie with director James Wan and the original cast, and shifted the release date from summer 2014 to April 10, 2015. Now The Hollywood Reporter says that the production will resume shooting this April. The wheels have started spinning again.
The sequel, which follows last year’s tremendous “Furious 6,” includes original cast members Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, and Michelle Rodriguez, plus new cast members like Jason Statham, Kurt Russell (!), Tony Jaa, and Djimon Hounsou. Most interestingly is the fact that Lucas Black, who starred in the “Fast and Furious” one-off “Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift,” will be reintegrated into the franchise. (I love how labyrinthine the “Fast and Furious” “mythology” has become.) Plans are still for the movie to “retire” Walker’s character instead of kill him. It’s very clear that Wan and writer Chris Morgan have been working since Walker’s death on just how to sort this all out and have it make any sense in the context of the movie.
It’s unclear what other plot deviations are in store. When the movie resumes production, it will be in Atlanta (there was some time scheduled for Dubai and other exotic locations). Hopefully, Wan will be able to bring his muscle car vision to the big screen with appropriate weight and sensitivity, given the situation. Either way: can’t wait. Glad that the production is back on track and we can look forward to a new installment in the franchise in a little over a year. Vroom on!
The Rock has been nominated for an award at the Nicklodeon Kid’s Choice Awards according to a report on wrestlezone.com.
The Rock, also known as Dwayne Johnson in his acting appearances as been nominated in the category of ‘favorite male butt-kicker’. He faces competition from Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr in the category.
Johnson won the same award in 2013 where he saw off competition from Downey Jr, Andrew Garfield and Chris Hemsworth.
The wrestling superstar and actor was nominated for his portrayal of Roadblock in ‘GI Joe: Retaliation’, a movie that grossed near $400 million a the box office.
The award ceremony will be held on March 29th and will be hosted by Mark Wahlberg.
Johnson last wrestled in WWE last April when he lost his WWE title to John Cena. He suffered a tendon tear during the event and underwent surgery later that year. A return to the ring has not been ruled out as of yet.
GI Joe: Retaliation was the 24th film that Johnson has appeared in since his acting career began in 1999.
“6 years ago when his sister suddenly passed away – he quit on life. Stop working completely, cut off relationships and shut himself out from the world. Literally has done nothing for 6 years and not knowing how to get out of his despair. He asked me for help.. I said ‘meet me half way and put in the work’. I’m committed to this man to show him there’s a great life out there worth living and will help create an opportunity for him to get ahead. Making some great progress on our show, #WakeUpCall#MeetMeHalfWay”
New rumors point to Dwayne Johnson as the next Green Lantern.
In a rediscovered Instagram post praising his trainer, the actor included an interesting hashtag, which (un-mashed) reads: John Stewart Can Still Whup Superman’s (butt.) Stewart is, of course, the architect and former Marine who dons the Green Lantern suit after Hal Jordan moves on.
In response to a tweet from IGN, Johnson denied any deeper meaning or hidden revelation in the post. “All I said was… #LanternCanWhupSuperman,” he wrote. But this was neither a confirmation nor a denial, so the question remains. He did, however, confirm that he has been in talks with Warner Bros. to appear in one of their forthcoming films.
Even if Johnson is Green Lantern, it doesn’t mean he will appear in the Man of Steel sequel. Rumors suggest the studio will shoot the movie back-to-back with the official Justice League film, in which John Stewart is more likely to appear.
Denzel Washington has also been rumored for the role. But with WB’s desire to appeal to a younger audience, Johnson could have a slight edge over the veteran actor. Either way, it’s clear WB has no interest in recruiting Ryan Reynolds for a second go. The 2011 film featuring Reynolds brought in more than $200 million at the box office but was panned by critics.
Batman vs. Superman is slated to reach theaters May 6, 2016. Catch The Rock ahead of that in WB’s natural disaster flick, San Andreas, which will premiere June 5, 2015 in 2D and 3D.