Hol­ly­wood star Dwayne John­son is pumped about his lat­est sci-fi ac­tion movie, in which he dis­plays a strong bond with a gi­ant al­bino go­rilla

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - SEANNA CRONIN

Video game adap­ta­tions have had mixed suc­cess on the big screen. Ac­tion and com­edy heavy­weight Dwayne John­son is throw­ing his star power be­hind the lat­est one: Ram­page.

The sci-fi film – about a rogue ex­per­i­ment which turns three an­i­mals into gi­ant, rag­ing crea­tures – is loosely based on the video game se­ries of the same name by Mid­way Games.

John­son plays a pri­ma­tol­o­gist, who must team up with a ge­netic en­gi­neer to se­cure an an­ti­dote for al­bino go­rilla Ge­orge, who has been in his care since birth. and cre­ates a non-stop ride of fun and chaos. Naomie has se­ri­ous dra­matic chops, as we all saw with her per­for­mance in Moonlight. 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. She was amazing. By day three, she was a mas­ter at the ac­tion. Just like that. Naomie did a tremen­dous job with the role of Kate, who’s the glue that holds it all to­gether in the story – much like the women in my life hold it all to­gether for me. not only into Ge­orge, but into ev­ery­body’s per­for­mance. Ja­son re­ally im­mersed him­self in study­ing the habits, emo­tions, vo­cal­i­sa­tions and per­son­al­i­ties of go­ril­las. He’s two me­tres tall and would get down on all fours and walk and run like a go­rilla. It was amazing to watch, and Ja­son em­bod­ies the emo­tions, spirit and en­ergy of the an­i­mal. One of the an­chors in the movie, amid all the ac­tion and de­struc­tion, is the bond be­tween Davis and Ge­orge. I based a lot of that on the re­la­tion­ship I have with my lit­tle Frenchie bull­dog Hobbs, aka Bruce Wee. I’ve been an an­i­mal lover since child­hood, and have had pets since I can re­mem­ber, but my in­ter­play with Hobbs is spe­cial. It’s very rough and tum­ble, and we have a great time to­gether – like Davis has with Ge­orge. In Ram­page, it’s about Davis sav­ing his best friend Ge­orge. That emo­tional con­nec­tion makes the film more spe­cial. I re­ally en­joy working with Brad. He’s a real guy’s 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 preps like a cham­pion ath­letic coach. Ev­ery­thing is painstak­ingly de­tailed. The devil lies in the details and so does suc­cess. Ram­page opens in cin­e­mas to­day

Dwayne John­son in a scene from epic new sci-fi ac­tion film Ram­page.

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