It’s been over a decade since we’ve watched Dwayne Johnson step out of the wrestling ring and onto a movie set for The Mummy Returns (2001), sparking his own spin-off, The Scorpion King (2002), and launching a film career that has generated a hefty return in box office sales.
But put aside the Fast & Furious franchise, family pics like Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and his dramatic turn in this year’s Snitch, because Johnson is fulfilling a childhood fantasy by becoming a ‘Joe’ in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
“As a kid, I loved playing with the G.I. Joe action figures,” Johnson admits. ”When I got involved with the project I began to understand the mythology and was impressed by how layered it is and how deep it goes.”
“Dwayne is essentially a G.I. Joe and that’s something you can’t act or script out,” adds director Jon Chu. ”It’s just in his DNA. When you think of anyone who is almost a living action figure, Dwayne comes to mind.”
Johnson’s co-star Channing Tatum agrees. “Dwayne is an actual action figure,” he says. “Every time I look at him on set I think ‘That’s The Rock!’ His arm is literally as big as my waist.”
And size certainly matters when it comes to taking on Roadblock in Retaliation. Known for being the heavy machine gunner in the group, Chu brought that part of the character’s mythology to life, just one reason Johnson thinks this movie is the “greatest G.I. Joe movie” ever made. Not to mention becoming an actual action figure, and starring alongside Bruce Willis.
Check out Johnson’s entire ‘Seven Reasons Why’ this film is the “greatest.”