Dwayne Johnson Works Out Like a Demi-God For ‘Hercules’ Role
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson works out for 'Hercules: The Thracian Wars' (Photo: Dwayne Johnson/Twitter)
Dwayne Douglas Johnson has always been a sizable fella, though his physical appearance from his days as a 17-time WWE champion is positively wimpish compared to the way he looks in his several big-screen roles this year. We first noticed he'd gotten even more superhuman in physique as Roadblock, the heavy machine gunner who just wants to be a chef, in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (March 29), though he could've passed for the Hulk just a month later in Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" (April 26), in which he plays a generally sweet-natured though hopelessly drug-addicted, born-again Christian bodybuilder caught up in an increasingly absurd kidnapping plan.
The 42-year-old looked just as big a month after that in "Fast & Furious 6" (May 24), in which he reprised his "Fast Five" role as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Services agent who isn't beyond picking up a suspect and slamming him into the ceiling if it'll get him some answers. Johnson looked like his workout regimen for that film might have very well involved picking up grown men and throwing them across the room as he barely seemed to be straining at all ... nor did it seem like he was receiving too much of a special effects assist.
Now, Dwayne Johnson looks to be taking his astonishing "Pain & Gain" physique even further as he takes on another crazy diet and workout regimen for his upcoming role as ... well, the son of a god. Johnson will be playing the title role in "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," a fantastical action-adventure directed by Brett Ratner ("X-Men: The Last Stand") based on the Greek myth of the mighty muscle man born of the immortal Zeus and the mortal Alcmene.
The Rock's Hercules workout (Photo: Dwayne Johnson/Twitter)
The man's arms are still ridiculous, though. Another pic features a close-up of Johnson's bicep, complete with fake scars as he's transformed into Hercules in the makeup room. It's about the size of Texas. This pic is also interesting as it gives a glimpse of the long-haired wig that Johnson will be wearing in the film — after all, you've got to get those dramatic shots of hair blowing in the wind, as Brad Pitt recently showed us in "World War Z."