Dwayne Johnson Won’t Bring His Own ‘Dark Sh*t’ to a Film: Here’s Why

Dwayne Johnson –currently starring alongside Jason Statham in the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise Hobbs and Shaw – is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors. From hosting SNL one night to showing up on set for his next good-feel action flick the next morning, when it comes to keeping busy, The Rock has mastered the art.

'Hobbs and Shaw' Actor Dwayne Johnson
‘Hobbs and Shaw’ Actor Dwayne Johnson | Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Johnson — from Rampage and Skyscraper to Jumanji and Moana — has discovered his gold zone in the filmic landscape. The Rock knows his fans want to see him in movies that demand an athletic inclination and a broad-shouldered appearance, while also offering up the heart as the movie’s strongest muscle. 

During an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Johnson discussed his film career; from his bumpy post-wrestling start to his current $280 million net worth and A-list star status, Dwanye Jonhson explains what he has come to understand about his celebrity (and notes why you will never see his inner demons fleshed out on screen).

Dwayne Johnson on avoiding “dark sh*t” in his movies

As Rolling Stone magazine explains, The Rock has “found a sweet spot with the characters he plays: highly-skilled badasses who are also sensitive and vulnerable…decent men with big biceps and bigger hearts.” 

While his shtick may seem restrictive, and may slightly smell of typecasting, it is Dwayne Johnson who safeguards this image — it is he who denies a turn to darkness. He does not yearn to play the serial killer with a traumatized childhood. 

When speaking to the synonymity across his films, Dwanye Johnson explained that he understands why his fans go to the theatre to see his movies, and he feels a responsibility to deliver on expectations. Johnson stated:

“I have friends I admire, Oscar winners, who approach our craft with the idea of ‘Sometimes it comes out a little darker, and nobody will see it, but it’s for me.’ Great. But I have other things I can do for me. I’m gonna take care of you, the audience. You pay your hard-earned money – I don’t need to bring my dark shit to you. Maybe a little – but if it’s in there, we’re gonna overcome it, and we’re gonna overcome it together.”

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When it comes to choosing roles, Dwayne Johnson selects movies that align well with his brand identity; in short, he picks films he knows will make money if he is in the captain’s chair. The Hobbs and Shaw actor has simply got a knack for marketing himself — capitalizing on the reputation and image he has cemented in the biz.

How Dwayne Jonson changed the ending of ‘Rampage’ to fulfill his silent promise to fans 

Dwayne Johnson is not a difficult actor to work with; however, when he knows something is wrong; when he gets that sense in the pit of his gut, he will speak up. In Ramage, Johnson’s best friend is a silverback gorilla who – spoiler alert (sort of)– was initially destined to die in the end. 

Johnson, the producers, the director, and the studio talked about this moment for hours on end, for Johnson did not agree with the choice. Though many felt the gorilla’s death made the most narrative sense, as he was a hero who sacrificed himself for human life, Johnson did not worry himself with the narrative logic. According to Rolling Stone, he stated: 

“I don’t like a sad ending…Life brings that shit – I don’t want it in my movies. When the credits roll, I want to feel great.”

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The Hobbs and Shaw actor ended up getting his way and, when everyone watched the movie with a crowd, they realized Johnson was right: his fans expect a happy ending. They expect a Dwayne Johnson ending.