GO APE, DWAYNE
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
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.