March, 24. 2013.
Yesterday in L.A. Dwayne sat down with journalist, including Eric from Cinema Blend, to talk about his latest movies "Snitch", "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", "Pain & Gain", "Fast & Furious 6" and also to share his desires to be part of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars", thoughts of "Hercules" and what happened with "Lobo" and "Shazam". I'm mostly interested about what he said about "Hercules" and this is what you'll read here, but I recommend you to read up everything on the link below.
"Does it give you any concern that Renny Harlin is trying to do another Hercules movie before you?
No. None what so ever. I was born to play Hercules. I have loved and honored the mythology over the years – since I was a kid. When I first broke into Hollywood, Hercules was one of the movies that I, not chased, because I didn't have the power to chase anything, but always had in the back of my mind. Everything happens for a reason, and it's come back around full circle. Hold on, check this out…[fumbles around in his pocket for his phone, take it out and searches through it] So this was me last week with the director and all of the producers, slipping into character and becoming Hercules [shows picture of him in character, which features him with long hair hanging over his face, looking somber, and wearing a tattered shirt]. That will give you the idea of the type of movie we want to make and the definitive version of Hercules that we want. It's going to be darker in tone, based on the awesome graphic novel.
So it's not just a loincloth. It's a costume and hair.
It's full-on. We talked about, for example, the mythology of G.I. Joe, but here's a mythology we have to honor and respect, and in doing so we're bringing in big writers, and we based it off a much darker graphic novel. There's tragedy and there's pain, and in respecting the mythology of Hercules you find that he lives in pain and he lives in tragedy, and lives not to accept his fate or faith, until he finally does and it becomes a powerful moment. So yeah, we're ready."