Dwayne Johnson honors amputee community with 'Skyscraper'

Angelo Anderson
July 15, 2018

There was a period shortly after leaving professional wrestling full time that Dwayne Johnson dropped his moniker "The Rock" entirely.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson explains why he briefly dropped "The Rock" from his name, in a new interview for Jamie Foxx's digital series "Off Script".

Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary's Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and USA war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.

"I kept it really cool, I was like, 'Hey, you kinda did that movie?".

"I love Scream and that was one of the biggest reasons why I was trying not to fan boy out when I first met Neve for the first time", he smiled.

Still, writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber (who previously teamed with Johnson on "Central Intelligence") doesn't sweat the details, comfortably moving from one threat to the next. The Skyscraper trailer features breathtaking bird's eye footage of the city as Johnson, in addition to other feats, desperately climbs to save his family from a terrorist plot.

Movie-wise, the structure is an obvious digital phony, although the effects artists do a much better job on Sawyer's amputated leg, which looks convincingly real, and adds a touch of vulnerability to the famously able-bodied Johnson.

He also beats the tar out of several dozen bad guys, who have set the fire in order to extort something from the building's owner (Chin Han) ensconced in a penthouse panic room that totally impregnable. Of course. But like "Rampage" earlier this year, you're paying your hard-earned money to see The Rock do some insane stuff, and you won't be disappointed.

The 46-year-old actor had one shot at the crane jump in the action movie because of an old injury. His IMDb page lists him as appearing in no fewer than nine movies that are either in the pre-production phase or just merely announced, including the sequel to Jumanji, the Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw, thriller Red Notice co-starring Gal Gadot, and two movies in which he stars as DC superhero Black Adam.

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