“I AM HERCULES!!” Says Dwayne Johnson’s Muscles
“Paramount, MGM and I made a pact..to never reveal the actual look of Hercules.” ~ Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson
According to ABC, it was difficult for Dwayne Johnson to keep his muscly look under wraps while filming a movie in Hungary last year. But he did it for the greater good of the big reveal. “As an actor, not showing my chiseled, extraordinary, handsome face was a tremendous sacrifice for me,” he joked on Monday before the premiere of the film’s trailer.
Massive and Global?
“We wanted to make a massive global and entertaining movie while doing all we could to never reveal the actual look of Hercules.”, added Johnson. It was on the weekend when the 41-year-old actor finally unveiled his ‘Hercules’ look in its entirety. We’re offered hints of the Greek hero’s abilities in the film’s trailer (VIDEO ABOVE), which debuted today.
In it, Hercules battles the multiheaded Lernaean hydra water monster, the behemoth Erymanthian boar and the massive Nemean lion. He classically dons the skinned lion as a headpiece. But, of course, Hercules is a multifaceted figure, so we’re also treated to a brief snapshot of the hero absorbed in a tender lip-lock. The teaser’s conclusion takes us right back to the barbarousness, with the Greek hero fiercely yelling, “I am Hercules!” At 6 feet 5 inches, the extremely muscular Johnson said he trained harder for Hercules, than any other role. “But in the end it was all well worth it.”, says Johnson.
To this day, I am still a big fan of the old campy Hercules cartoon that now comes on Teletoon Retro on my local cable listings. I could even say it may have influenced my early interest in Mythology and history in general which are big parts of my life now. Of course there were other more important influences of this kind – but waking up early enough, or at the odd times that it seemed to take in order to catch it on television back then, is a fond memory in retrospect. It was always well worth it, and today I enjoy exposing my children to it and laughing along as all 3 of my kids (a daughter, too) will ask in unison to watch it. Makes me chuckle, it’s so nostalgic for me and campy for them, and so wonderful that we share it together now.
“Hero of Song and Story..Hero of Ancient Glory!” ~ The Kids
However, I am not as confident that this movie will be of any interest to them. Most likely they will expect the cartoony campy feeling of what we already know. It reminds me of when the star of Game of Thrones released that Conan the Barbarian remake a few years back. The new movie did not stand up to the memories or impression of the classic movie for me.
And even though I am sure most ‘Rock’ Johnson fans will be happy, for me the jury is still out on whether Hercules fans or history buffs will get a kick out of this flick.