Women directors might be getting snubbed at the Golden Globes, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wants to get in touch with his feminine side to help them out.
While promoting Jumanji: The Next Level at a press junket in Germany, the cast answered a question regarding which co-star they’d switch bodies with.
Credit: Columbia Pictures
Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan stated they’d want to be Johnson—Hart jokingly because he wanted to know what it was like to be “stupid” and Gillan so she could lift anything up. Jack Black said he’d want to be Hart so he could experience being a master standup comic. While the three of them kept their answers short and a bit on the humorous side, Johnson took another approach.
When it was Johnson’s turn to answer, he jumped into a speech worthy of an award.
“I would like to become Karen,” Johnson stated very somberly. “I, unlike these guys, would like to get in touch with my feminine side. So I can be the best husband and father and man that I can be. For my wife and my daughters and all of women around the world, including yourself [the interviewer] and including everyone watching.”
Quite comically, as Johnson spoke, Hart interjected throughout with comments that implied Johnson was showing them all up.
“Wait a minute, hold on,” Hart chimed in with his iconic grin, dragging Johnson humorously. Clearly joshing him, Hart added, “Well played.”
“Dwayne wins again,” Black said.
“Wow,” Gillan commented. “Chivalry is not dead.”
Credit: Columbia Pictures
Jumanji: The Next Level, a film in the Jumanji franchise, takes place after the events of 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which also starred Black, Hart, Johnson, and Gillan.
For those born in the eighties or nineties, we typically think of the 1995 film with Robin Williams when we hear the word Jumanji, but that film was actually based off the children’s book from 1981 written by Chris Van Allsburg. In 2002, Houghton Mifflin published a sequel titled Zathura also written by Allsburg which director Jon Favreau later developed into 2005’s Zathura: A Space Adventure.
In 2017, with the release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the concept of the film changed from kids playing a board game to the kids actually jumping into the world of their video game characters. Jumanji: The Next Level picks up with the same concept—except this time the adults, played by Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, are going in.
Be sure to catch Jumanji: The Next Level, officially releasing in theaters on December 13th. Perhaps we’ll get to see more of Johnson getting in touch with his feminine side. But with or without this added element, if the energy of the cast during the press junket is evidence enough, the movie is sure to be a thrilling and comical ride.
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