Johnson Talks G.I. Joe, Teases Hercules and Fast 6
- March 2013
Joe: Retaliation Fast
Brown may have been the hardest-working man in show
business, but with starring roles in three films opening
over the next three months, Dwayne The Rock
Johnson seems poised to add another title to his collection.
a recent press event for director Jon M. Chus
G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the pro-wrestling superstar
turned actor met with reporters to discuss the Paramount
Pictures sequel, which picks up shortly after the
events of 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
on Hasbros popular toy line, Retaliation finds
the Joes, including Johnson as Roadblock and Bruce
Willis as retired General Joe Colton, attempting to
defeat Cobra Commander and his henchman Zartan, whos
been wreaking havoc disguised as the U.S. president.
first G.I. Joe, as you guys know, came out and made
a lot of money, but we all collectively felt that
there was a better movie to be made, Johnson
said, referring to criticism of The Rise of Cobras
sci-fi take on the iconic property.
also shared that the creative forces behind Retaliation
were determined to reboot the series in a way that
felt truer to the spirit of the storied franchise.
Were going to remove the lasers,
he said. Were going to remove the slickness
of it, and were going to get back to respecting
the mythology of G.I. Joe.
he has only been acting professionally for a little
more than a decade, Johnson has developed a reputation
for injecting new energy into existing franchises.
a good thing if it fits, and in this case, its
fit very nicely, the actor said. When
you look at Fast and Furious or G.I. Joe or even Journey
2: The Mysterious Island, on a family level, it fit
nicely. The brand both brands fit nicely.
asked if there is another franchise he might be interested
in reinvigorating, Johnson answered without hesitation
that he would love to be part of the new Star Wars
trilogy. Thats not to say that they need
it, obviously, he laughed. J.J. [Abrams]
is going to just crush it. Im so excited because
theres a guy, by the way, not only is he a brilliant
director, but [he] honors and respects mythologies.
his distinctive brawny physique, the actor has taken
on a number of brutish characters, but he hinted that
his scariest tough-guy role is still to come. Hands
down, Paul Doyle from [Michael Bay's] Pain and Gain,
which you havent seen yet, but youll see,
he said. Hes a scary guy a real
guy which makes it even more scary.
Johnsons dream role arrives with director Brett
Ratners upcoming adaptation of the Radical Publishing
comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
was born to play Hercules, and I have loved and honored
the mythology over the years, ever since I was a kid,
he confessed. When I first broke into Hollywood,
Hercules was one of the movies that I had not
chased because I didnt have the power
to chase anything at that time, but always had in
the back of my mind.
then pulled out his phone and, to his publicists
obvious displeasure, proudly showed reporters a photo
of himself in full Hercules hair and make-up, revealing
a dark and decidedly edgy take on the Greek hero.
will give you an idea of the type of movie that were
going to make, and the definitive version of Hercules
that we want to make, he said. Thats
darker in tone and based off the awesome graphic novel.
the rumored Fast and the Furious spinoff starring
his elite federal agent Luke Hobbs, Johnson said that
much will depend on the performance of the franchises
looks as though a lot of people are going to like
it, he teased. It feels like there may
be one more, because theres one more Butch and
Sundance journey to go on with Luke and [Vin Diesel's
what about his one-time involvement with Warner Bros.
planned Lobo movie, based on DC Comics alien
came and I thought it was interesting, and then it
kind of just went away, Johnson laughed, before
pivoting to the comic-book role he really wants to
play that of Black Adam in the fabled Shazam
movie. I would have loved that. But again, studios,
they start to look at other properties and other superhero
properties and what makes sense and what doesnt,
but therell be a superhero down the line,
Joe: Retaliation opens Thursday.