The Rock with director, Andy Fickman)
Don't argue with The Rock - Elvis Has Not Left the Building.
(The Rock with director, Andy Fickman)
In the new Disney movie, "The Game Plan", wrestling superstar The Rock plays a professional grid iron quarterback who is a big fan of the King.
Johnson?s character?s obsessed with Elvis and the actor?s also a huge fan. ?I love Elvis. The moment I sat down with Andy I said, ?Andy, do you love Elvis?? He said, ?Absolutely!? And we went for it. It was another fun way of adding a layer to the character that might be interesting.
Again, self-deprecating comedy is great. I love the fact that he was singing to her in a very sweet and tender moment, and she says, ?I think you sound like a wounded moose.? I love that type of comedy and how the joke falls back on me.
For an actor to sing in a movie, and play the guitar, it?s really not funny. You?re like, ?Oh, he can sing and play guitar.? But the joke makes it funny, when it falls back on him.?
Johnson?s personal favorite Elvis song is Are You Lonesome Tonight but don?t ask him to sing it for you. ?I can?t hold a tune,? confessed Johnson. ?It was movie magic, in the studio.?
Fickman had a different take on Johnson?s singing skills. ?A lot of times you have an actor who wants to pre-record their song. With pre-recording, you can go in and fix everything.
That?s him playing the guitar and that?s him singing, and he was spot on. We didn?t go in and do any mixing. All of the Elvis estate and Graceland, everybody, has seen this performance and everyone?s just been so happy. It blew everybody.
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