That was Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson‘s introduction before his successful movie career. Now, the six-foot-five former professional wrestler is starring in Brett Ratner‘s action-adventure take on the Greek legend, Hercules, coming to theaters in July.
The Rock, 41, stars as Hercules, the son of Zeus and the most powerful mortal in the world. After facing twelve years of hard labor and the loss of his family, he becomes a sword-for-hire and is enlisted by the King of Thrace to defeat a tyrannical warlord.
To prepare for the role, The Rock told Muscle & Fitness magazine “I trained and worked harder than ever for 8 months for this role. Lived alone and locked myself away (like a moody 260-lb. monk) in Budapest for 6 months while filming. Goal was to completely transform into this character. Disappear in the role. Press journalist asked me today, with the mental & physical toll the role had on me, would I do it again? Not only would I do it again.. I’d do it f*cking twice.”
The strapping Samoan tweeted a poster for the film.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 24, 2014
To see The Rock battling it out, watch the trailer above.