Published Apr 18, 2018There's no denying that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is Hollywood's most likable man. In fact, last year we learned that directors had to tone down his charismatic smile because it was making audiences think his movies were over prematurely. Why does the Rock make us feel so good? Perhaps it's because he refuses to make sad movies.
In a new Rolling Stone interview, Johnson explained that he doesn't care to indulge the self-serious side of acting. Instead, he just wants to make the audience feel good.
"No one's going to see me play a borderline psychopath suffering from depression," he said. "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."'
Johnson went on to explain that he nearly quit his new videogame adaptation Rampage when he saw that a main character died in an early script. "I don't like a sad ending," he said. "Life brings that shit — I don't want it in my movies. When the credits roll, I want to feel great."
Rampage — complete with its monkey-assisted score — is in theatres now.