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Why Jumanji beefcake Dwayne Johnson is the ultimate action star


Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? A rumble in the jungle is brewing with the revamped Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stampeding onto cinema screens very soon.

Whilst it boasts an all-star cast including Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, the spotlight is once again on brawny hero and leading man, Dwayne Johnson.

Forget about Bruce Willis, and step aside Arnie, The Rock is the ultimate action movie star, and here's why...

He wrestled his way to the top

Before he became the big box-office draw and all-round action man, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was one of the big name stars of the World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE). He won multiple championships and became arguably one of the biggest stars in wrestling, up there with greats such as Hulk Hogan.

With his special moves including 'The People's Elbow' and 'Rock Bottom', Johnson 'laid the smackdown' on a host of opponents in a career spanning almost 10 years, before turning his attention to Hollywood.

With this background in entertainment and effectively making a living from pretending to beat people to a pulp, The Rock was destined to be an action movie star. In fact he's even had the opportunity to bust out some of his old wrestling moves on screen.

In one memorable fight scene from Furious 7, Dwayne Johnson unleashed a Rock Bottom on Jason Statham, and we loved it. Watching The Rock on screen is always awesome, but when he’s bringing a beatdown, it is even more epic. Here's hoping there's plenty more where that came from in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

He's more than just a muscle man...

Of course we love Dwayne the most when he’s starring as the action movie hero, and whether it's criminals, school bullies or earthquakes, he always comes out on top.

However, in 2016 comedy Central Intelligence he starred as a dorky, unicorn-loving government operative who ropes in reluctant ex-classroom buddy Kevin Hart, to help him uncover some shady shenanigans.

Not only did this show he has a bit of a softer (and sparklier) side, but also he's more versatile as an actor than many might think, excelling in a comedic role, even opposite some stiff competition, in the form of the hilarious Hart. With the dynamic duo reunited for Jumanji, we're expecting sparks to fly and hilarity to ensue... bring it on.

Did we mention he can sing?

Whilst we're yet to see Dwayne starring in the action-musical movie of our dreams (come on, it can’t just be us hoping for this, right?), he's already shown he's got the pipes.

Voicing the character of Maui in Disney's Moana, his big song and dance number 'You're Welcome' was one of the film's many highlights. He can sing, act, wrestle, and make you laugh? Is there anything this man can't do?

Finally...You've seen the size of him, right?

A​s The Rock's stardom has grown and grown, he seems to have also drastically increased in size to be the man mountain we know and love today.

He's never been scrawny exactly, but now he's truly a sight to behold, commanding the cinema screen in more ways than one. Size isn’t everything, but it does give him the ever-so-slightly unfair advantage of already stealing the scene before he has even done anything.

Facing off against rampaging rhinos in Jumanji will be like a walk in the park for Dwayne Johnson. He is unquestionably the ultimate action hero, and we can't wait to see him laying the smackdown in the jungle.​

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle goes on release on 20th December – don't forget that our Unlimited screening of the movie takes place before that on 8th December.

Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.

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