Former wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is a larger-than-life figure no matter what the context. He's got the look and swagger of a superhero, but sometimes, even Johnson needs to remind himself that he's only human.
"I look at these skyscrapers and say not only can I get up there do that, but then I go 'Oh wait, hold on. The movie is fake and that's reality, and I'm good with my feet on the ground.'"
SYFY WIRE recently caught up with Johnson on the red carpet for the world premiere of Skyscraper, his new action thriller in which he plays former FBI agent Will Sawyer, a man who's desperately trying to save his family from a devastating high rise fire and a terrorist attack. And he has to do it all with just one leg. Top that, John McClane!
While attending the event, producer Hiram Garcia shared a story about Johnson's commitment to the role, in which he urged an UFC fighter to hold nothing back during one of their intense on-screen battles which alarmed the crew with its realism.
For his part, Johnson told us that he was more impressed with his co-star, Neve Campbell, for doing her own stunts even after she was injured during filming. Pablo Schreiber went on to say that he injured both of his knees during his action sequences during the film and it caused him a few problems.
We also spoke with director Rawson Marshall Thurber about enticing Johnson to do the film's stunts and the movie that influenced his desire to make action films. Additionally, Skyscraper co-star Chin Han dropped by to share a few of his thoughts as well. You can see them all in the full video below!