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Watch: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson reveals how Skyscraper got pitched, and what pineapples had to do with it

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Mar 12, 2019, 3:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Hollywood stories are always tinged with a bit of magic, especially when at the level of superstardom. Reality just doesn’t seem to apply anymore, and business becomes as casual as acting seems to the layperson.

That’s certainly the case with the behind-the-scenes on how Skyscraper came to be. The Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-starring actioner, directed and written by frequent collaborator Rawson Marshall Thurber, has an origin story like no other — and SYFY WIRE has the video evidence before anyone else to prove it. There’re pineapples, middle fingers, and plenty of personal information involved in selling a movie nowadays, especially if Johnson has you pegged for a prank.

Check it out:

Yeah, that’s a pretty weird way to sell a movie. And what chutzpah it must take to ask The Rock for a couple of strange (and strangely intimate) pictures.

The only thing braver would be to try some of Johnson’s stunts yourself. And now you can. At an upcoming Skyscraper VR experience at this year's New York Comic Con, fans can do the standout stunt from the film. You know the one: the long run across the top of a crane, only to leap to the hundred-somethingth story of The Pearl’s burning heights.

At Skyscraper: The Impossible Leap VR Experience, running from Oct. 4-7 at the movie’s booth in the Javits Convention Center, fans will have three chances to make the trailer-highlighting hop. Good luck.

Skyscraper hits Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 9, only days after the NYCC experience gets your adrenaline pumping.