Dwayne al­lowed no direct con­tact with go­ril­las

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

Ac­tor Dwayne John­son, whose role in his re­cent ad­ven­ture film, Ram­page, had him play­ing a pri­ma­tol­o­gist who shares an un­shake­able bond with a rare go­rilla, says he was sur­prised to know about the no direct con­tact rule for go­ril­las.

“The first thing I learned — and it sur­prised me — was that you can’t have much con­tact with go­ril­las. When we started prep­ping the film, I thought, well, I’ll go to the San Diego Zoo and spend time with the go­ril­las there. There was re­spect, though no direct con­tact,” the ac­tor said in a state­ment.

John­son re­searched about go­ril­las prior to be­gin­ning work on the film. Based on the clas­sic 1980s video game of the same ti­tle, the film is about an ex­traor­di­nar­ily in­tel­li­gent al­bino sil­ver­back go­rilla (per­formed by Ja­son Liles), a crocodile, and a wolf that ter­rorise a city. John­son, who plays pri­ma­tol­o­gist Davis Okoye, is the only one who can stop them.

How­ever, the rule didn’t keep John­son from pre­par­ing for the char­ac­ter. He used his bond with his dog, Hobbs, aka Bruce Wee, to pre­pare for the film.

“He’s my best friend, and we have a bond that’s spe­cial and awe­some. Here we go... We sass each other... It’s the same re­la­tion­ship Davis has with Ge­orge... Hobbs loves to grab me by my toes, which are pretty strong, so I can hold onto him with them... We re­ally love each other,” John­son said.

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