Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could soon be our next president, but for The Rock, being president could actually be a step down. Well, we can understand because in his new movie “Moana,” he’s a Polynesian demigod! Deco’s Chief Rock correspondent and BFF Chris Van Vliet hung out with him in Los Angeles this weekend.
So you guys know it’s no secret that as a wrestling fan, I’ve been a fan of The Rock for almost 20 years now and to borrow from of his catch phrases, this weekend… I went one-on-one with the great one!
He’s the highest grossing star in Hollywood — and he’s also the nicest.
Chris: “Great to see you as always.”
Dwayne Johnson: “Good to see you. You’re looking sharp!”
Chris: “Only the best for the the most electrifying man in all of entertainment.”
Dwayne: “I appreciate that. You’re looking good. You represent us 305’s well.”
In his latest role, Dwayne Johnson, or “The Rock” as I still call him, plays the voice of a demigod named “Maui” in the Disney animated film “Moana.”
Dwayne Johnson (as Maui): “It’s actually Maui, Shapeshifter Demigod of the Wind and Sea Hero of Men.”
The role takes him back to his roots… No, not wrestling. Singing!
Chris: “As a wrestling fan, us wrestling fans know you’ve been singing your whole career.”
Dwayne Johnson: “You do know that, yes.”
Chris: “I love ‘Smackdown Hotel.'”
Dwayne Johnson: “And the rock concerts we used to have.”
Dwayne Johnson (singing): “Know your role jabroni and shut your mouth, let’s rock.”
Chris: “So how did that singing in WWE translate to something like this?”
Dwayne Johnson: “What really helped was Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music for our movie, did a lot of research and he pulled up all of those old concerts that I used to do in a WWE ring.”
In “Moana,” his character sings a comical song called “You’re Welcome.”
Dwayne Johnson: “There’s no need to play, it’s ok you’re welcome I guess it’s just my way of being me. You’re welcome!”
While he was comfortable with the singing… there were parts of the role that took him out of his comfort zone.
Chris: “So much of what you do is about your presence, and your facial expressions and what you’re doing with your body, how different is it when it’s just your voice conveying a message in a movie like this?”
Dwayne Johnson: “That’s a great question and it was a great challenge for me. It’s one thing when we’re just talking like this, but it’s another thing to really inject life into your voice and intonation and are you looking at your balls?”
Dwayne Johnson: “Not cool.”
Chris: “You can look at em.”
Dwayne Johnson: “This is awful. This is a Disney movie. He wasn’t by the way. He was being a great journalist. He has to look at his notes, they are very important to make sure we keep on track.”
Chris: “I’m with the most electrifying man in all of entertainment! The jabroni-beating, pie-eating…”
Dwayne Johnson: “Trail blazing.”
Chris: “Eye brow raising.”
Dwayne Johnson: “There it is.”
And you can catch a free screening of “Moana” next monday in South Miami.
Enter to win tickets by e-mailing your name, address, and phone number to email@example.com and you could win.
Now, Lynn, Shireen — I need your opinion here. At what point does it cross the line from being a fan of The Rock, to just being creepy? Do you think the edible arrangements I sent to his house might have been a bit much?
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