After so many years and interviews, Dwayne Johnson and ET Canada’s Sangita Patel are like old friends playing catch up.
“You know one of the reasons I love talking to you [is] to be able to do what I do. It’s very therapeutic,” Johnson tells Sangita as they prepare to chat about his latest action-packed movie, “Rampage”.
“I don’t mean that in a cliche way, I mean that the life I am living today is the furthest thing that I ever thought I would have,” Johnson says. “I just didn’t want to be evicted again, that was my goal. To be able to sit with you, and we are talking about a big movie and it seems like people like it and they will feel good and go on a fun ride – it’s a real, special thing. It’s a cool responsibility that I love having.”
Off-screen, Johnson’s world is about to get a little bigger. He and girlfriend Lauren Hashian are currently expecting a second daughter together, who is due very soon. The actor also has a third daughter, Simone, 16, from a previous relationship.
“I have three important relationships with my lady, with my daughters and then everyone else is here,” he tells Sangita with a laugh. “But the audience is right here too. It’s like the most important relationship. What I mean by that is that I want to make sure I deliver on my number one job to send them home happy. That’s it.”
In his new movie, Johnson stars as primatologist David Okoye who has a special bond with a gorilla named George whom he has raised since birth. When a genetic experiment goes awry, the gentle ape is transformed into a raging monster as David must try to stop a global catastrophe and save his friend.
While he may now have a gorilla at home, Johnson could relate to his character’s protective feelings and friendship thanks to his own beloved family pooch.
“The relationship I have with my dog now, Hobbs, is really the one that I based this off of because we are the only boys in the house! I am surrounded by girls, as you know,” he jokes. “It’s just me and Hobbs. I would do anything for him. It was very easy to have this best friend for me and fall in love with George, my gorilla, and want to do anything to protect him and save his life.”
“Rampage” opens in theatres on April 13.