Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson can hold his own in a fight on anyone's turf, especially as a world champion professional wrestler used to performing his showstopping finishing moves in the competition ring, like The Samoan Drop and The Rock Bottom.
But in Hollywood's world of insurance clauses and stunt work logistics, sometimes those signature athletic antics are too much of a risk for multimillion-dollar studio stars. That's where reality ends and Tinseltown digital illusions come in!
While filming many of his own stunts and action sequences in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, some of the hero's more intricate or dangerous encounters were rendered using CGI models of the Rock's character and inserting them seamlessly into the completed movie.
To assist in some of these trickier scenes, Australia-based visual effects wizards at Iloura, AKA Method Studios, were called in to aid in the magic and have now released an amazing BTS peek at their impressive pixelated handiwork.
Besides the crazy rhino rampage through a canyon while chasing a helicopter, Iloura also created a digital doppelganger for the Rock and Karen Gillan to use when director Jake Kasdan deemed it necessary, like when the Rock whacks a dude off a motorcycle with a tree trunk. Oh yeah, and there's some nutty digital squirrels too!
Check out the revealing CGI reel and tell us if this technology enhances your impressions of what state-of-the-art VFX can accomplish.