Dwayne Johnson on shaking, quaking 'San Andreas'

Wed May 27, 2015 4:16pm EDT
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By Alicia Avila

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hulking actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson creates a new save-the-day persona as a rescue pilot in California earthquake thriller "San Andreas," opening in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Johnson, 43, talked to Reuters about recreating the magnitude 9-plus earthquake, an even bigger challenge than doing "Fast & Furious" films with Vin Diesel. Below are excerpts of the interview.

Q: What attracts audiences to a film like this?

A: You're dealing with Mother Nature at her strongest and it is the biggest earthquake ever recorded.

It's a platform for people to experience something on this epic level, that they know unfortunately could happen.

They're able to be entertained, they're able to lose their breath ... and then they're able to leave the theater and talk about it, like, 'Wow, I wonder what we would do.'

Q: Were you an earthquake enthusiast before the film?   Continued...

Cast member Dwayne Johnson poses at the premiere of "San Andreas" in Hollywood, California May 26, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on May 29.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni