Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Struggles of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is speaking publicly about his and his family’s struggles  with depression.

In an interview with Britain’s Express, Johnson spoke about his mother’s attempted suicide when he was 15. “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed,”  he told the outlet. “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”

After the interview published, Johnson tweeted that he received “tons of responses. Thank you.”

“We all go thru the sludge/[expletive] and depression never discriminates,” he continued. “Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone.”

Months after her family had been evicted from their apartment, Johnson’s mother attempted suicide. She walked out of her car on a major interstate in Nashville and into oncoming traffic, with giant trucks and cars swerving out of the way.

Johnson has previously revealed details about his mother’s suicide attempt. In a Instagram post about filming a scene involving suicide in his HBO series “Ballers,” Johnson wrote that the moment had him reflect on “how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another.”

“I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road,” Johnson wrote about his mother’s incident. “What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.”

He added: “We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.”

Years before he became one of the world’s wealthiest actors, Johnson pursued a football career but was beset by injuries and was let go from the Canadian Football League within a year of being signed. Soon after, his girlfriend broke up with him. “That was my absolute worst time,” he told Express.

The candid comments about depression from such a successful actor, known for his bubbly personality and tough-guy persona, brought on a wave of responses, including from advocacy organizations promoting the help they offer.

On Twitter, someone wrote: “I know it will help a lot of people to see someone so confident that also had issues with it. Myself included.” Johnson replied: “Hey man I get it … Stay strong and make sure you’re talking to good people about it … No shame in getting help and wanting to be better.”

Johnson told Express that he and his mother “both healed, but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain. We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”

You can catch Dwayne next year in the highly anticipated adventure "Jungle Cruise." Based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and co-staring Emily Blunt. Set for release on July 24, 2020, by Walt Disney Pictures.

Written by Elahe Izadi

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek Teases That He Could Be The Next Bond Villain

Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has teased that he could be the next Bond villain, after being consistently linked to the role.

The actor, who won praise for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury, was first linked back to the role in December, with reports claiming his performance in that film had sparked the interest of Bond bosses.

However, he’s now been quizzed on the prospect for the first time, and he’s remaining cryptically coy about the prospect.

“We’ll have to see about that – it would be nice to play a villain, that would be another dream role for me,” Malek told ET when asked about the role.

“I’ve got to play so many great ones so far so who knows. I’m keeping tight-lipped.”

The initial reports had claimed that Malek was the frontrunner to become Daniel Craig’s final big screen adversary, although it’s feared that shooting schedules for Mr Robot might act as a hindrance.

Last month, Malek opened up on the physically punishing regime he undertook for his Bohemian Rhapsody role. Speaking to The Wrap, Malek explained how he wanted to get fit enough to be able to do the famous Live Aid performance again and again.

He put himself on a “very specific diet” and bulked up for that first week of filming.

“Immediately I had to drop muscle and weight and go into shooting young Freddie, who is very scrawny,” Malek said. “I just had to be really cognisant of when to work out and when to crash diet. I don’t recommend it for anyone.”

"Aquaman" Tops "Dark Knight Rises" To Become Biggest DC Movie Ever Overseas

Starting the New Year off in swimming fashion, Warner Bros’ Aquaman has topped The Dark Knight Rises to become the highest-grossing DC Universe title ever at the international box office. Aquaman has now caught $649.3M overseas for an $887.6M worldwide.

The $900M global mark is well within the Trident of Neptune’s grasp today, and $1B is certainly a possibility in the coming weeks, depending on how screens hold offshore. Japan is still to open on February 8. Aided by Aqua, Warner is coming off its best year ever at the overseas and worldwide box office with $3.62B and $5.57B for 2018, respectively.

Including the New Year’s holiday, the James Wan-directed origins story averaged about $16.9M during the midweeks, and added $12.4M yesterday in 79 markets. Since surfing into China on December 7, Aquaman has been on a tear as the No. 1 movie overseas in each of its four frames, but could cede the top spot to Paramount’s Bumblebee this session as that Transformers spinoff is seeing a solid Middle Kingdom start.

Aquaman’s top play was Australia with $16.7M to date & ranking No. 2 last week as DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World zooms around the market. Germany has now grossed $15.8M while France gave Jason Momoa No. 1 again last week to lift the total to $19.5M. Italy, which opened on January 1, has cumed $4.6M and China is now at $279.4M.

China, where Aquaman this week became the 2nd highest-grossing superhero movie ever, leads all markets. Rounding out the Top 5 are: Korea ($32.1M), Brazil ($26.4M), Mexico ($25.3M) and the UK ($21.6M).