Dwayne Johnson on ‘Rampage’ and Why He Loves Monster Movies

     April 17, 2018


Dwayne Johnson has to save the world from giant monsters in Rampage, the latest blockbuster film to team Johnson with his San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton. Inspired by the classic arcade game, Rampage stars Johnson Davis Okoye, a loner primatologist whose best friend is a super-smart silverback gorilla, George, until a rogue genetic experiment by a careless corporation unleashes a genetic nightmare that transforms George — along with a wolf and a crocodile — into an unstoppable giant monster.


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With Rampage arriving in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with Johnson for a brief chat about the film. We talked about why he loves monster movies and what qualities he wanted to bring to Rampage, the research and performance that went into developing a believable friendship with a CGI animal, including the inspiration he pulled from the real-life relationship from his doggo, and more. We also talked about what’s up with Shane Black‘s Doc Savage movie and if that could still happen. Check it out in the video above.

Here’s the official synopsis for Rampage:

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth.  But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.  To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals.  As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

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