Dwayne Johnson Interview For ‘Fast Five’
Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker), he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. Check out what Dwayne Johnson had to say about the film below. ‘Fast Five’ is out in UK cinemas now, it’s set for release April 29th in the US.
Tell us a little about your character, you’re a super-human bounty hunter from hell, what is your job?
Dwayne Johnson: (Laughs) My job is to find these individuals, whoever they are, my name comes across my desk, I find them, I hunt them and I bring them in. That’s it, that’s my characters job, they can come in dead or alive, that’s up to them (laughs).
This franchise is still white hot which is so rare after a fifth film, what was it like joining fray with such a great character?
Dwayne Johnson: It feels fantastic, jumping into the franchise with a great character we created from scratch, that was the fun part of it, creating him from scratch. Adding different elements, working out what he’d say, having these cool one-liners, he’s proficient, he’d have so many different elements. It’s very exciting for me as an actor to be apart of something this epic, something this successful. When you think about this level of success over ten years, it’s so difficult to do, very difficult to do. It’s difficult to do in any platform, regardless of what you do, they’ve been able to do it. What Universal have been able to do with this group of actors is nothing short of spectacular, so for me as an actor to come into this and help elevate this story any way I can, create a cool character, hunt down Vin, whoop his ass, fantastic (laughs).
I thought it was fun jumping into the franchise with a character that could be taken either way, he can be looked at as a protagonist and an antagonist, if you cheer the character for what he does and what he believes in then great, if you boo him that’s great too. You can’t stop him, he’s still gonna kick ass (laughs). He’s a unique guy just in terms of the job he has and the job he embraces.
A lot will be expected of you clashing with Vin, what can people expect?
Dwayne Johnson: The fun thing is I know they wanna see Vin versus The Rock, The Rock versus Vin, something you’ve never thought you would see before, like Tyson/Ali, Lebron/Jordan (Laughs). They’re gonna get me giving Vin an all day long f*cking ass whooping that is what they’re gonna get. You can use that, language is fine (laughs).
Seriously what the audience is gonna get with me and Vin together, first of all we recognise, all of us for that matter, Vin and myself, Universal, Justin, just the opportunity, it’s something audiences thought they would never see. I wish Stallone and Schwarzenegger got together in the 80’s, we have that opportunity now, we wanna deliver. What they’re gonna get is an intense, solid, epic, match up (big smile).
There’s a lot at stake in this story, they’ve got the law after them, the baddest ass in Rio after them.
Dwayne Johnson: It’s got a lot of good story and that’s important, the story was important to Justin, it was important to all of us, because you’re coming around for number five – you’ve gotta come with it, it’s more than just sizzle, you’ve gotta have some meat, it’s gotta taste good, the audience has gotta feel good about it. You have to do your best to create a story that is rooted. What is it about, my perception of it, my interpretation of it is that it’s about family. Dominic, Hobbs, they love their family. My men are my family. I think audiences will love that.
What was it like working with director Justin Lin?
Dwayne Johnson: I think from Justin’s perspective as a director, he’s a very rooted director, he loves character, he loves a grounded sensibility, he brought that in the last one, I think you can see Justin’s growth as a director over the years which is awesome to see. That’s my goal as actor, to grow and just get better at things. Justin does that, Justin bought that to this movie. I was really really impressed, I’ve never worked with Justin before, we spent a lot of time together before the movie. I loved his approach and the job he did. Infusing a new character into the franchise was really interesting and working with Justin on that was great.
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