Interview: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from “The Game Plan”
Interview: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from “The Game Plan”

The Massie Twins recently got to sit down with actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to talk about his new film “The Game Plan,” opening wide on September 28th, 2007.

 

The Massie Twins: We were told we weren’t allowed to take pictures with you, so were bummed out about that.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: It’s the lighting – bad lighting (laughs). Are you guys related?

MT: Yes. Actually, we’re twins.

Rock: So I’m curious… is there a reason why you comb your hair differently?

MT: It’s our last grasp at individuality. A better question would be, “Why do we willingly dress the same?” But anyway, how’s Arizona been treating you?

Rock: Every time I come to a city, the only thing I need is a great restaurant and a great gym.

MT: Have you found a great restaurant?

Rock: I found both. I don’t remember the name. It was very good. And it was free!

MT: That’s our kind of place! What was it like getting back into football pads?

Rock: It was great. I love football. I played for 10 years with some really great players. In a way it was like coming full circle. That was a dream I never got to accomplish. Now 10 years later I’m in the middle of Gillette Stadium on the 50 yard line, calling plays as the quarterback. Ironic, but a dream come true.

MT: We had asked Roslyn Sanchez if there were any pranks or practical jokes being played on the set. That question is far more relevant for you, since pranks take place onscreen between you and your football buddies.

Rock: (laughs) You name it. It was constant. With this type of movie and this type of content, there was constant joking. There’s an old adage in Hollywood that says you’re never supposed to work with children or animals. And I was working with both. The dog couldn’t care less when the director yelled “cut!” This was an old veteran Hollywood dog but the dog would be leaving little gifts lying around on the floor.

MT: Do you think Hollywood has a responsibility to the American people?

Rock: I think the responsibility Hollywood has is to put out good movies. And good movies are very subjective. Individually as adults we have a responsibility to our children. Good material for actors is all very subjective. Some actors want to explore wide ranges of acting. There’s nothing in me that wants to engage in a darker side of myself. As an actor I want to lead by example. The example actors should set is hard work and to be dedicated and passionate.

MT: The majority of your films are PG-13. Is that going to be a trend?

Rock: Sure. I’m drawn to good stories and good messages. Grid Iron Gang for example – the message that one person can make a difference. When you get adults together who care about kids, they can make a difference. Making comedies and dramas are great.

MT: Does having a daughter influence the films you choose to be in?

Rock: Sure. She’s very influential in my life and she doesn’t even know it yet – and that’s the most amazing thing. I love the fact that this is a movie I can take her to see from beginning to end.

MT: In the film Roslyn Sanchez says “If ballet was easy, they’d call it football.” How easy was ballet?

Rock: Ballet was very easy and I quickly dismissed it … I’m only kidding. Ballet was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. You should try it just to see how hard it is. I was with the Boston Ballet for three to four hours a day for two weeks. They were unbelievable. Andy Fickman wanted to make sure we showed ballet just as much respect as football as well as the parallels between the two.

MT: What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you?

Rock: The best thing was my little girl being born. For a long time I was kind of like Joe Kingman. I was an only child. It was always about me. When she was born that helped me to understand what it’s like to be selfless and living your life for someone else.

MT: What kind of role would you like to do that you haven’t done before?

Rock: I would love to do a musical. That would be a lot of fun.

MT: What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Rock: That’s a great question! I combine my cereals. I love Honey Nut Cheerios and Golden Grahams.

MT: You don’t eat tuna milkshakes like in the film?

Rock: Not so much, no. I do make some pretty weird concoctions in the morning with my shakes – but not with tuna. We shot that scene eight times at least. They had to clean me off and then explode it again. And I was sitting around saying, “We’re getting paid for this!”