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Dwayne Johnson comes clean about 'Hercules'

By Jessica Herndon

AP Film Writer

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LAST UPDATED: 07:34 a.m. HST, Mar 25, 2014


LAS VEGAS » It was extremely hard for Dwayne Johnson to keep his "Hercules" look under wraps while filming the Brett Ratner-directed movie in Hungary last year. But he did it for the greater good of the big reveal.

"As an actor, not showing my chiseled, extraordinary, handsome face was a tremendous sacrifice for me," he joked on Monday before the premiere of the film's trailer at Las Vegas movie-theater convention CinemaCon.

"Paramount, MGM and I made a pact," he added. "We wanted to make a massive global and entertaining movie while doing all we could to never reveal the actual look of Hercules."

Slowly rolling out photos from the set of the film for the past few months via his Twitter page, Johnson aimed to bring fans along on his journey — from his training to his diet and prep.

On Sunday, the 41-year-old actor finally unveiled his "Hercules" look in its entirety.

Via Twitter, he posted a photo revealing his full beard, shoulder-length brown locks and armor. In the caption accompanying the photo he wrote: "The world's first superhero. #TilDeathOrVictory."

We're offered hints of the Greek hero's abilities in the film's trailer, which debuts wide on Tuesday. In it, Hercules battles the multiheaded Lernaean hydra water monster, the behemoth Erymanthian boar and the massive Nemean lion. In the following clip he classically dons the skinned lion as a headpiece.

But, of course, Hercules is a multifaceted figure, so we're also treated to a brief snapshot of the hero absorbed in a tender lip-lock.

The teaser's conclusion takes us right back to the barbarousness, with the Greek hero fiercely yelling, "I am Hercules!"

At 6 feet 5 inches, the extremely muscular Johnson said he trained harder for "Hercules," which hits theaters July 25, than any other role. "But in the end," he added. "It was all well worth it."







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Upperkula wrote:
Dwayne may have a chiseled body with a fabulous six pack abs, but I was his mentor through out his life. Yup one look at me and he said "NO WAY AM I BOING TO LOOK LIKE THAT"...What he has a six pack...I have a KEG can you see the similarity here. Good job Dwayne allot of younger people look up to you, keep up the good work.
on March 25,2014 | 08:57AM
hanoz808 wrote:
he's a great role model, and not just physically, but personality wise too. he is always positive and encouraging. that is what kids need nowadays.... a positive role model
on March 25,2014 | 09:25AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
I'm eager to see him playing the role of Kamehameha The Great.
on March 25,2014 | 09:01PM
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