Well here’s a bit of interesting info coming to light. Apparently, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson didn’t like the ending of Rampage when he first read the script. In fact, he found it so distasteful, he demanded producers conduct a re-write before he committed to starring in the film (which hits theaters this Friday 4/13). The revelations came in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
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So how was the movie supposed to end and what was Johnson’s gripe? George died!
Per Rolling Stone:
Johnson: “I don’t like a sad ending. Life brings that s*** – I don’t want it in my movies. When the credits roll, I want to feel great. We had a big meeting where they gave me all the reasons they thought George should die. He sacrifices himself saving the world. Killing these animals who had ill intentions to harm mankind. He sacrifices himself like a brave soldier. OK. But this is a movie! There’s a crocodile the size of a football stadium – we’re not making Saving Private Ryan.”
I understand this filmmaking is a collaborative process, but I always worry when I hear about actors demanding creative changes to scripting. What do you guys think?
You can check out the trailer and synopsis for Rampage below.
Official Synopsis: Global icon Dwayne Johnson headlines the action adventure “Rampage,” directed by Brad Peyton. Johnson stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. 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 discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) 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.