San Andreas: Human element always moves me, says Dwayne Johnson
Hollywood action star Dwayne Johnson says he decided to take up his recently released disaster flick, San Andreas, as it had a human element. “I loved the script after reading the first 30 pages. It was a big disaster spectacle, but told from the point of view of one man trying to take care of his daughter and help his family survive. It’s the human element that always moves me, and I found the humanity in the script very compelling,” he says.
The film sees Dwayne in the role of Ray, a search and rescue helicopter pilot. As for his character, he says, “Ray is a good man with great qualities who has struggled with balancing his family with his job as a rescue pilot. What I liked about Ray was the fact that he quietly does his job without being boastful. His words aren’t loaded. I felt lucky to find a character like that in a big action movie.” There was also a lot of preparation that the former professional wrestler had to do for his role.
“I was lucky enough to spend some time with LAFD (Los Angeles Fire Department) firefighters. I also spent time with a lot of helicopter rescue pilots in Australia while we were shooting on the Gold Coast. I’ve always seen first responders as unsung heroes and very special people, because when everyone else is running away from danger, they run into it,” says the 43-year-old actor.
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