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02 Dec 2017
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Dwayne Johnson gives us a behind the scenes look at becoming Dwanta Claus. Along with a bunch of laughs of course.


02 Dec 2017
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It is the time of year for us to give back, because you guys have been loyal to us over the past 2 years. We just want to say thank you. But it is hard saying thank you and giving to over 2,000 of you so we have created a contest. Dwanta is on his way so we figured we have a Rockin’ Contest.

Create a holiday theme featuring Dwayne Johnson. You can use any photos you want. A group of my choosing will choose the top 5 themes. Once the themes are chosen, there will be a poll to decide the winner. No design is off limits, all we ask is if you keep it PG. Have fun!!! Before you get started, read the rules below.


30 Nov 2017
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Maybe you know him as an action star. Maybe you know him from his wrestling days, as the love-to-hate-him heel with one eyebrow perpetually cocked. Maybe you know him as a singing demigod from a certain Disney movie. Maybe you know him as that unflinchingly positive guy in your Instagram feed, live-streaming from the gym at 4 a.m. like some sort of impossibly buff motivational speaker. Regardless of how you know him, you know him — and you almost definitely like him. In a world where movie franchises are king, he’s his own franchise. And everybody likes the Rock.

Whether he’s blowing up the box office or just your social media feed, Dwayne Johnson has earned a reputation as Hollywood’s happiest and hardest-working leading man. Now, he’s spreading holiday cheer as the star of EW’s new cover, opening up about his past struggles, current triumphs, and future plans.

“I’ve realized that the No. 1 thing that keeps me motivated and positive is operating like my back’s against the wall,” Johnson tells EW. “Because when my back is against the wall, I feel like there’s only one way to go: You’ve gotta go forward.”

Up next is the action-comedy Jumanji: Welcome the Jungle, which picks up more than two decades after the beloved Robin Williams original. Johnson stars as the heroic adventurer Dr. Smolder Bravestone — or, more specifically, as a nerdy teenager named Spencer who’s been sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji and trapped in Smolder Bravestone’s body. It’s a role that both embraces the movie tropes Johnson’s known for playing and inverts them; in short, he gets to punch some bad guys, but he also has to lead his classmates (who are trapped in the bodies of Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black) through the jungle, all while trying not to break down in tears.

It’s been a while since Johnson has had to tap into his inner awkward teen, but that anxiety isn’t foreign to him. Between playing a high school student and shooting in Hawaii — where he spent some of his own youth — Jumanji found Johnson reflecting on his own adolescence. Sitting down with EW, Johnson opened up about his unlikely path to stardom, from multiple arrests as a teenager and getting cut from the Canadian Football League to wrestling for $40 in Memphis and finally getting cast in his first movie. Even then, it was years before Hollywood knew what to do with a 6-foot-5 wrestler.

“I feel like these days, having lived a bit, I’m on my fourth level, and I have a little bit of experience underneath my belt,” he says now. “There’s a greater level of self awareness that I have. Who I present to the public and who I am at home, I try to make sure they’re as closely connected as possible because I realized some time ago that the greatest and most important thing that I can be is just me.” And when you’re The Rock, that’s a pretty good thing to be.

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17 Oct 2017
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13 Oct 2017
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When Robin Williams set the template for what the lead character in a “Jumanji” movie should be like, it’s a daunting feat indeed to fill shoes of that size.

But the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a semi-direct continuation of the franchise that’s transitioned from board games to video games, wisely didn’t just double down on A-list talent to headline the film, it quadrupled its bet with an all-star cast of A-listers: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillen.

And while each of the stars may very much look the parts they’re playing – a quartet of 90s-style video game avatars – there was a little acting lure as well: they’re not just performing the iconic outer physiques of their roles, they’re playing the teenaged kids trapped inside as they contend with the wild and wooly dangers of the Jumanji jungle.

“It would be like if you took the characters from The Breakfast Club and put them in the world of Jumanji,” says Johnson, who joined his co-stars on the Hawaiian set of the film to offer a peek into their unconventional roles. “The idea that we’re all 16-year-old teenagers is just a great element for us to tap into.”

Dr. Smolder Bravestone

Johnson embodies the handsome, hugely muscled archeologist and explorer who serves as the avatar for misfit gamer Spencer Miller (played as a teenager by Alex Wolff).

“There was an element about the script that I really liked that took the spirit of the original movie and the spirit of the original story and added this other great layer to it,” says Johnson. “I’m decked out as this avatar, but in reality, in the real world, I’m a 16-year-old kid, which was a great juxtaposition. A 16-year-old kid who’s extremely uncomfortable to begin with, not a people person and an epic nerd.”

Johnson came well-equipped to play the creatively named avatar. “It’s Dr. Smolder Gravestone because throughout the film, I just, well, smolder,” he laughs. He also took more than a little inspiration from a very specific screen icon. “Indiana Jones is one of my top movies of all time. It was literally the movie when I was eight years old I thought, ‘Wow – I want to do that!’ Not necessarily that I want to be an actor, but ‘I want to be that guy!’ Like, ‘That guy’s cool!’”

“That’s why there’s nods in the movie to Harrison Ford and to that movie,” says Johnson, who even outfitted Bravestone with his own distinctive hat. “This is such a dorky thing, but this is my nod to Harrison. It’s kind of slung real low.”

Of Bravestone’s inner teen Spencer, producer Matt Tolmach says, “He’s like this super-smart, with a chip on his shoulder irreverent kid who is a gamer but who just doesn’t fit in yet. He hasn’t had his moment in life, and kind of lacks, in a very profound way, confidence. What avatar is he going to choose? He’s going to choose the avatar who is brave and courageous and these things that he thinks he lacks and so who is the antithesis of that? It’s Dwayne Johnson!”

“He’s playing against his sort of persona in the way that’s so funny,” says the film’s director Jake Kasdan, “but also really kind of brave. It requires a guy like that to be just completely game for anything. One of the things that’s so fantastic about working with him is he’s really funny and he has great sense of humor. He is a real comic performer, like, with some juice and some moves. He’s just incredibly good at that part of it.”

“This particular movie required him to really go for it and it’s very bold in that way,” adds Kasdan. “Something we were talking about all the time was ‘What would a nerd do in this situation?’ Luckily I have a lot of experience with that and was able to tell him exactly what an insecure, neurotic teenager would make of a given situation and we would sort of navigate that together. It was really fun doing it with him and he really made me laugh every day.”

Franklin “Moose” Finbar

Hart’s role stands in sharp contrast to Johnson’s: teenager Anthony “Fridge” Johnson (played by Ser’Darius Blain) is a popular school sports star who ends up in an expected avatar. “I play a small guy in a different world that’s the complete opposite of the high school version of who this individual really is,” says Hart, “But who he is on one side is completely different from the person that he’s forced to be on the other side.”

Fridge’s avatar is zoologist and weapons specialist Franklin “Moose” Finbar, whose substantial backpack is almost as big as he is, and he carries his literal and figurative arsenal against the wild. “I wanted to stand out,” says Hart. “Not come off like a clown, but come off as a person who embraced this world of the jungle, this Jumanji-esque world.”

“You get why this guy’s in there, from his backpack to his short shorts to all of the patches on his vest and him having over 15 pockets, to having to answer for any and everything when it comes to wild or when it comes to animals,” says Hart. “That’s the guy that you technically want to be with when you’re in these situations, and you get why his presence is felt.”

“He’s captain of the football team, he’s 6’5″, he’s a handsome guy, All-American – he’s the man. And then, he turns into Kevin,” laughs Johnson.

Ruby Roundhouse

Gillen’s role takes its cues from sexy action icons like Lara Croft on the outside, but is all awkward teen angst on the inside. “I play a character called Martha Schwartz, who is a bit of a nerdy teenage age girl,” Gillan explains. “She’s a bit of a geek. She’s very smart in school but not very good socially. She takes on the avatar of Ruby Roundhouse, who happens to be this really kick-ass, karate expert badass girl. She just does not know how to inhabit this body at all.”

Gillan related more to her role’s inner life, played as a teen by Morgan Turner. “I feel like I got cast because Jake the director could tell I was a bit of a nerd in high school,” she admits. “I was like ‘You’re absolutely right!’ I just have the mannerisms of a regular girl who is just like ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ I just don’t know what to do with it, and that’s exactly what I’m doing with the role – which is kind of nice, that I get to put an aspect of myself into it.”

Professor Shelly Oberon

Black got to take on a dual challenge: inside of the portly professor, an expert cartographer and cryptographer, is a gorgeous, popular teen girl named Bethany White (played by Madison Iseman).

“I play a girl who’s like the cutest girl in her high school – she’s a bombshell,” Black reveals. “When the game starts and we realize that our avatars are totally different, she’s a little bummed that she’s taken the shape of an overweight middle-aged man – but them’s the breaks! She learns some lessons along the way about superficiality.”

“In a weird way, I feel like it was the real life I was born to play,” chuckles Black. “It was very easy to tap into my inner 16-year-old girl – I don’t know why!”


In addition to the four leads, there’s an another ace in the hole in the already starry cast: Nick Jonas appears in the key – but still enigmatic – role of Alex, a jungle guide and adventure within the Jumanji game.

“I have to be select with what I say because I don’t want to give away any big secrets,” admits Jonas. “My character is someone that our four heroes find in the game — they’re trying to figure out what his purpose is and where he comes from and all the rest…He’s had some complications in the past that he’s had to overcome, in a certain sense.”

“Every avatar has certain kinds of strengths,” Jonas adds. “I have some that are really valuable and really helpful in my journey in the game, and some that maybe aren’t so helpful that you’ll see. Some that are funny, and some that make things a little more complicated.”

Kasdan says each of the Jumanji actors were cast for a common reason: “that they looked like a certain archetype, and could cut all the way against it. We knew that each one of them in different ways would be brilliant doing that. I do feel like we just really lucked out with the cast we got, because they’re all kind of fantastic.”

“Sometimes it takes taking a person out of their shell and putting them in a different one for them to realize who they really are,” says Hart.


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Last October, a group of fellow journalists and I traveled to Hawaii to visit the set of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The upcoming film finds that the board game has taken a new form, this time as a video game. When four teenagers find themselves in detention, they discover the Jumanji video game. After booting it up and choosing characters to play, the get sucked into the game and discover they’ve been transformed into their avatar bodies. Armed with new abilities and no idea how to escape, the quartet must figure out how to finish the game and get back to the real world.

During a break in filming, Dwayne Johnson came over to talk to us about the project. In addition to being as charming as you’d think he would be, he talked about why he signed on both to star and produce, getting to play a 16-year-old trapped in the body of a man with no weaknesses, paying homage to Indiana Jones, how Kevin Hart angrily eats Doritos, trying to present the world of Jumanji to a new audience and more.

Check out the full interview below.

jumanji-welcome-to-the-jungle-final-poster. What was it about this project that … Because you’re producing it, you’re starring in it …

DWAYNE JOHNSON: Well, when it came to me, it was just really the opportunity to tell a great story. Hopefully, we tell a great story. It was the opportunity to take something that was beloved, that I loved, me and my family loved when we were, years ago, by the way. So, it was that.

You know, and so, it was the opportunity to tell a beloved story to a whole new audience. And the script came around, and when the script came around, it kind of, it really moved very quickly. So, the script came around for me in April. I read it. I really, really liked the script. I was scheduled to make a movie called “Rampage” with Brad Peyton. And we had to push it, and that will be the next movie I shoot after this, I’m sorry, after “Ballers.”

So, I had a window. And as these things happen in Hollywood, I got the script, really enjoyed the script, spoke with Jake our director. We had a great meeting, and things kind of just blossomed from there.

To your point. It’s a great point you bring up, is there was an element about the script that I really liked that took the spirit of the original movie and the spirit of the original story and added this other great layer to it. In this case, as you said, the great layer is that I am decked out, as I’m decked out right now, as this avatar, but in reality, in the real world, I’m a 16-year-old kid, which was a great juxtaposition, I think, just as an actor and then look as a producer and the opportunity to tell that kind of story.

So, in essence, it would be like if you took “The Breakfast Club” and those characters and put them in the world of Jumanji.

A lot of fun, by the way. And a great challenge, right? So, the great challenge of me being who I am as this avatar, it’s Dr. Smolder Bravestone because throughout the film, I just, well, smolder. Right?

But I didn’t. I have no control of it. I just did the smolder.

And then also, the juxtaposition of being a 16-year-old kid, whose extremely uncomfortable to begin with, and not a people person and an epic nerd.

What was fun for you to create that continuity between your performance and a teenage actor’s performance, in that you guys are kind of sharing the same role?

JOHNSON: Yeah, sure. It’s an interesting thing. So, my performance now will help inform how he’s going to play his high school self. So, he’s a … have you guys had a chance to meet him?

Not yet.

JOHNSON: A great actor, he’s in [Patriot’s Day] with Pete Berg, a buddy of mine. Like, he’s really, really fantastic. Yeah, so. So, yeah, my performances now will help inform him as he shoots his stuff. He’ll shoot some stuff here, and then he’ll also shoot in Atlanta.

Can you talk to me about the stunts that you have to do? What surprised you in this film that you haven’t done before?

JOHNSON: Well, let’s start with the animals, right? So, I don’t know if there’s stunts in this movie that I’ve never done before, but I think it’s the, it’s in how we’re executing them, and the variables that we’re placing around the stunts that would make them different. So, for example, in our world of Junkman, the animals are bigger, they’re meaner, they’re faster, so let’s start with the animals, right?

And then we also start with the fact that we’re pulling off all these stunts, again proficient and able, but as a 16-year-old kid too as well. So, there’s a really cool wish fulfillment factor that happens too. When I was 16 I would’ve loved to become, you know, whoever my favorite characters were, especially in video games.

So, there’s this really cool dynamic that I hope we pull off, and we execute properly, just were as I’m in these fight scenes—As I’m in these fight scenes because I’m a video game, like turbo-geek with video games, right? So, as I’m in these fight scenes, there’s a little cool element where I’m actually calling out the moves before I’m doing it. Like you know how a lot of times as we’re playing it’s oh (makes fight noises), if we do it right, it should be very funny.

Is there a game specifically that sort of informed that? That you play?

JOHNSON: That’s a good question. I got to come up with a better answer than I’m going to give you because I think, really, these are just like the video games of the 90s. So, in the spirit of the game itself, of the board game of Jumanji, that was in the 90s, you’ll see in the creative device that we’ve used within the movie it morphs into, it goes on the board game into the video game, but it still has the spirit of the 90s. So, it’s characters like that, that our very stereotypical characters from the 90s.

As we know Indiana Jones didn’t like snakes. Is there a certain animal in the jungle that Smolder Bravestone …

JOHNSON: Yeah. That’s a great question. And so, by the way, I mean this is, Indiana Jones, like a lot of us … one of my top movies of all time. It was literally the movie when I was eight-years-old I thought, “Wow, I want to do that.” Not necessarily I want to be an actor, but I want to be that guy. Like, that guy’s cool. That’s why there’s nods in the movie to Harrison Ford and to that movie, like I have my hat. This is such a dorky thing, but like, this, this is my nod to Harrison in “Star Wars.” So, just this and it’s kind of like slung real low. There’s like little things, little Easter eggs.

Wait, what was the question?

Animals that your character is afraid of?

JOHNSON: Oh, yes, all of them. Every single one. Literally, every single one. Yeah, because I’m terrified. Completely terrified. Completely out of my element. Video games I’m good at, but all this other stuff? No.

You talk about paying homage to the original, but like, not getting bogged down in it. Like, showing respect to it, but making it your own?

JOHNSON: Yeah, sure. So, that was the number one thing that I just wanted to have open dialogue with [Director] Jake [Kasdan] and [Producer] Matt Tolmach, our producers, and the studio. What is the way that we can pay homage to the original movie, not only to the original movie, but to Robin Williams in a way that felt good and that made people feel good, but yet, as you said, not get bogged down in it? So, I think we came up with some really nice ways to pay homage and yeah, I think the family is going to be very, very happy with it. Yeah.

And without giving too much away, there … the … Now, I’m biting my tongue right now.

You’ve made a lot of movies at this point. What was the special challenge or, I don’t know, the thing you had to rise to the occasion for, for this one? What was kind of the new element for you?

JOHNSON: I think it was creating … I think it was creating a movie that can compete with the other movies that come out, where it’s suppose to come out in the summer. And also, if it’s going to be an ensemble cast like this, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really good ensemble casts, great ones in “Fast and the Furious,” “G.I. Joe,” “Baywatch,” now. There is a certain dynamic that the cast has to have and when you think about “Jumanji” and you think about it because it’s a beloved movie, and it became even more beloved in the passing of Robin. So, it’s a great trigger that happens with people that I’ve found is that people are excited about it and hopeful and there’s a tremendous amount of trust. Like, okay. I get that sense. We trust you.

And when you have an ensemble cast like this, who hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to work together, I worked with Kevin in a movie before, and we’ve become really close, so there’s a nice dynamic that we have, but you never know how things are going to gel together. And in this case, we have … the cast just really came together, just in an incredible way. I signed on, Kevin was attached. Jack Black really was the first one to read the script well before us, and it wasn’t in the place that he had liked.

So, the challenge is to take something that’s beloved and present it in a way that is appealing to today’s audience, and also with “Jumanji” there’s a little bit of fantastic, magical element to it. And today’s movie-going audience, the challenge is really to create something special. So, they’re not massive visual effects in this. It’s not massive green screen work. There is some, and there’s some really great visual effects that we’re going to have, but you know, everything is pretty practical out here in the jungle. So, I think there’s going to be a really nice element of fantastical magical in the movie that I think audiences are really going to like.

What was it like working with Kevin the second time around? You guys seem to have a similar mindset when it comes to work, work, work, accomplish, accomplish, accomplish. So, what is like creating something, especially as something as big as this versus the last film you guys did?

JOHNSON: Yeah. I love Kevin, right? We’ve become really, really close. He’s like a brother to me, and we love fucking with each other. Excuse my language, but it’s the thing that we do. So, you know, with Kevin, Kevin is an ambitious guy. He likes to accomplish things. He’s a very busy guy. He believes in hardcore work ethic, which is great, but also, Kevin is one of the biggest stars in the world, certainly the biggest comedy star in the world.

And also, brings an element of self-deprecating humor to this movie and to movies that he’s in, which often times, over the years, I think when it … We’ve seen it in the past, where comedians rise to become a big star in Hollywood, sometimes it’s important to always be cool, and to look cool, and in Kevin’s case, I think he’s really done a great job, I think of checking that at the door. And just thinking about what’s going to make the movie funny. So, look, Kevin’s great. And also, again, the idea that we’re all 16-year-old teenagers is just a great element for us to tap into. Even Kevin. You know, Kevin starts out in the movie, he’s a massive teenager. He’s captain of the football team, he’s 6’5″, he’s a handsome guy, you know, All-American. He’s the man. And then, he turns into Kevin. Yeah.

There’s an Instagram post about angrily eating Doritos and people bursting into song on set, and I was curious who is doing that?

JOHNSON: Oh my God. It’s … I would say this is the most fun I’ve ever had on a set, especially with an ensemble group like this because the energy is really just so awesome, and everyone is really just great. And you guys know this, you’ve been in business, doing this a long time. You know, oh this actor is little touchy, or you can’t say this, you can’t say that, but this group is like so good.

So, yeah, Kevin angrily eats Doritos. You know. And the reason why he gets angry eating Doritos is because he prides himself on being a fitness fanatic, you know, right? So the moment he (makes eating sounds) and he’ll start eating, I’ll just look at him and he goes, “Go fuck yourself. Everyone go fuck themselves.” And Jack will just break out in beautiful song, great voice, right? He’s got that like Broadway voice, and Karen, if you guys didn’t know, she’s got pipes.

So literally, Jack starts writing a song, he starts singing a song, making it up on set that’s going to be … it’s just Broadway theme of “Jumanji” that he starts singing and he includes all us characters and then Karen starts singing, and Kevin eats his Doritos, and I’m calling it now, they’re going to sing it at the MTV Movie Awards. Very entertaining.

But yeah, the group is great. I mean, this is a really, really a great group. And Jake Kasdan has a great handle on the movie too. Oh, and by the way, back to your question, that’s another thing too, well whose …. because with a movie like this … with movies, directors are everything of course, it’s the ship that they run, but some movies, like you really have to have a very specific vision, especially when it relates to something like this, that’s on this scale, and that is the intention is to make a four-quadrant movie, which is not always that easy, but especially when you have to deliver the comedy. And Jake, has that right amount of edge that the film needs, which is great.

Well we’ve heard that the avatars have like, special abilities. So can you tell us what your special ability is?

JOHNSON: Yeah! Awesome! So, and this is the scene you’re going to see today, by the way. So, our special abilities come up, and special abilities are speed, let me get this right. I got it. My skills, my strengths are fearless, I’m fearless, speed, boomerangs, climbing, smoldering intensity. This is the funniest part. My weaknesses – none. It’s awful. It’s awful.

And then, Kevin, as you’ll see, like his strengths are carrying my backpack. Literally, he’s the backpack valet, the weapons valet. And he has another strength, but his weaknesses are cake and his weakness is strength. It’s very, very funny. So, you can imagine, you know when I read the script in April, I read it and I was like, “Wow, this is, this is really come along. This is awesome.”

So, and here we are.


13 Oct 2017
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Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con might need a bigger room.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be making a special appearance at the 2017 L.A. Comic Con. Johnson will be at the convention on Oct. 28, the second day of the three-day event to promote his upcoming film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is slated for a December release date. The new take on the classic Robin Williams movie will feature a video game rather than a board game. Kevin Hart and Jack Black also star in the film.

In addition to Johnson’s special appearance, there are other big plans in store for the seventh year of the fest. This year, EW has partnered with the ‘Con and will be bringing you Women Who Kick Ass: Sci-Fi edition — featuring Battlestar Galactica’‘s Katee Sackhoff — and a tribute to ’90s favorite Quantum Leap with star Scott Bakula and creator Don Bellisario.

Tickets to L.A. Comic Con are available at stanleeslacomiccon.com. Badges include access to Nerd Fest, the Makeup National Championship, Geek Fest Awards, and more. Plus, with any ticket purchase, you’ll also get a free yearlong subscription to EW.


12 Oct 2017
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The arrival of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is getting close, so it’s time for fans of the first movie to know how this new adventure actually connects. The simple answer is to say that since the first movie’s stars got the game though sheer luck, it may be the game itself who’s the real hero of the Jumanji series. And if that’s the case, then the board game has gotten a serious upgrade to the digital world of video games. The most important detail, however, is that unlike the people living in the real world, the young heroes of the new Jumanji don’t even have the original Robin Williams movie to compare it to.

It’s for that reason that Welcome To The Jungle has faced an uphill battle from the start, as devoted fans feared the worst. But after our visit to the set of the new Jumanji adventure, we had a much better grasp on what the studio, director Jake Kasdan, and the producers were seeking. Not just a property people love, embrace, and value as a truly heartwarming story of children, first and foremost… but one that can stretch to new limits. Limits like a new cast, new story, new game, and new rules.

Just to be clear: the rule that says sequels or reboots to films like Jumanji always come up short may still stand. Fortunately for the cast and crew… that may not be what they’ve created here.

When the word first broke of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson starring in a brand new movie bearing the “Jumanji” name, many assumed the worst. In an age of property re-imaginings, sequels, prequel trilogies, and even ‘spiritual sequels’ or reboot/remakes, it was seen as the obvious explanation (and since the first film was based on Chris Van Allsburg’s book, it’s more fair game than most). But soon after that message began to take root, Johnson personally clarified that the new Jumanji movie was NOT a reboot.

When we asked producer Matt Tolmach about how fans should position this new movie in relation to the original, he promoted a much broader vision of the movie’s universe – part of the pitch that got this movie into production, and perfectly in keeping with the original version of the story:

It’s a… honestly, and I know this is going to sound like a ‘positioning statement’ but it’s true, we’ve always looked at it as like another Jumanji adventure. The idea is Jumanji is this game– I mean that idea comes from the original movie. Comes from the book, you know? That there is this game, and the game sort of travels. Through time, certainly in the first movie, and around the world. So the idea is: the game is the thing that is the legacy… It doesn’t involve any of the specific characters – although, perhaps – but not literally those people. It’s another Jumanji adventure using a lot of the same mythology.

And I love that idea, not in a clever like, ‘ahh there’s a lot of movies to be made here,’ although that’s not terrible either. But the idea that Jumanji travels… If you happen to find it on a beach, crazy s*** will happen, you know what I mean? So it’s a completely different adventure than that, but borrows from the fundamental mythology of the game.

So there you have it: a continuation of the story from the first movie… so not a reboot or remake. But not following the same characters, or even the same form of the game… so not a sequel, either. Fortunately for those who feared there would be almost no actual mention of Alan Parrish’s time with the game, we know that won’t be the case, either. Even now, Robin Williams stands as a giant in the Jumanji story.

There are sure to be purists who oppose any continuation of the Jumanji story on principle, and there are many who will support their case. But some fans may feel differently: like actress Karen Gillan, who didn’t take much convincing to join the next chapter of one of her favorite movies of all time. Understandably, she told us that makes her a harsher critic than some. But it also means she’s more interested than most to know just what Alan Parrish did while he was “waiting” for a new player to roll a five or eight…

What’s really clever about it is– Well I always wondered where Robin Williams’ character went for all of that time in the first one, and it was sort of left to the imagination a little. And that’s where this film comes in, and we get to see exactly where he went, and what it feels like, and what it looks like. That’s the biggest difference.

And when Gillan says “exactly” where Alan went, she may mean that… exactly. The fact that traces of Alan and evidence of his stay in the jungle would be found had already been confirmed by Jumanji actor Jack Black, though it’s hard to know how his inventions or ingenuity will be as useful in a video game made real.

On the same set visit, Dwayne Johnson gave a slightly spoilery-tease of Alan Parrish’s REAL Jumanji role, discovering much more than just the rules of his own game. It sounds like a massive, planned twist on the mythology, and it may prove to be just that. But as director Jake Kasdan explains it, the inclusion and expansion of Alan Parrish still serves this standalone story first – and the original is not required viewing to understand the new film (although Kasdan recommends it, since the movie is fantastic). The Alan Parrish impact on the story is there, but perhaps only because… there was no way it couldn’t be:

I don’t want to say too much about it, but I also don’t want to mislead you into thinking there’s some massive reveal, you know? I think we’ve laced it in in a way that I hope is clever. I certainly think [Robin Williams’] performance and the character are incredibly resonant, so we were very conscious of acknowledging his place at the top of Jumanji mountain.

How’s that for intriguing? We’re still not sure whether Jumanji will remain a story with Alan Parrish at its heart, or what cameos, Easter Eggs, or hints may show a stronger link between both movies than anyone is letting on for now. Until we get some solid answers, we welcome any and all theories in the comments.


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Dwayne Johnson & more talk Robin Williams’ influence on new Jumanji

“In the jungle, you must wait, until the dice read 5 or 8.”

That was the little jingle that doomed Robin Williams’ Alan Parrish in the original Jumanji to over twenty years in the jungle, trapped inside a game and fending for himself against the elements. Williams’ performance in the 1995 film has been a fan favorite for many years, standing alongside the likes of Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin‘s Genie, and spawning many a meme even in the modern world. The upcoming new movie, titled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, takes what happened to Parrish and makes it the main plot of the film, by bringing four unsuspecting kids into the world of Jumanji.

Even though Williams tragically passed away three years ago, the cast and crew for the film are hoping to keep his spirit and energy alive in the new movie. Star Dwayne Johnson, who is also a producer on the film, opened up about it when we visited the set of the film last year.

“That was the number one thing that I just wanted to have open dialogue with Jake (Kasdan, the director) and Matt Tolmach, our producer, and the studio. What is the way that we can pay homage to the original movie, not only to the original movie, but to Robin Williams in a way that felt good and that made people feel good, but yet, as you said, not get bogged down in it? So, I think we came up with some really nice ways to pay homage and yeah, I think the family is going to be very, very happy with it. And without giving too much away, there… Now, I’m biting my tongue right now…”

Johnson takes on the role of “Dr. Smolder Bravestone” in the film, but is in essence playing two characters, as he’s merely the avatar for a nerdy 16-year-old kid. Though in the real world he’s a scrawny gamer, in Jumanji he’s got the muscular prowess of The Rock. In the film, he’s joined by frequent collaborator Kevin Hart, who plays “Moose Finbar,” a zoologist that is the avatar for the star football player “Moose,” (who is about twice the size of Hart himself).

“I’m a fan of Robin Williams,” Hart said on set. “I think that’s an important thing to bring up, because people think that this is a remake of the original Jumanji, and it’s not. It’s a continuation. You don’t touch what’s great and try to redo it… In no way, shape or form are we disrespecting, or reshaping, or reforming the original Jumanji. It’s a continuation.”

Also appearing in the film is Jack Black as “Professor Shelly Oberon,” a portly cartographer that happens to be the avatar for the prettiest girl in the school, Bethany.

“In a weird way, I feel like it was the real life I was born to play,” Black tells us. “It was very easy to tap into my inner 16-year-old girl. I don’t know why, but just to have that power of attraction. It’s subtle, but when you know you’ve got it, you know you’ve got it. And it’s just a look, a subtle gesture, and you know you’ve got it.”

Black hadn’t seen the original film when he was offered the new movie (reuniting him with his Orange County director) but sought it out quickly.

“I thought I should watch the original. Robin Williams kicked so much ass. It’s right up there with my favorite Robin Williams performances because it’s perfectly suited to his strengths in that heightened reality. My favorite Robin Williams are Aladdin, he throws down hard in Aladdin, and Jumanji. Those for me, pound for pound, are the most powerful one-two punch.”

Rounding out the cast comes the self-proclaimed toughest critic for a new Jumanji movie, Karen Gillan as the ass-kicking “Ruby Roundhouse,” the avatar for the shy bookworm, Martha.

“Honestly it’s in my top 3 films of all time,” Gillan says of the original Jumanji. “Of all time. I feel like in your top three you have to have a couple of films that you really respect and then one that’s like that special childhood nostalgia film. That’s what Jumanji is for me. I just loved Robin Williams so much in it and I loved Kirstin Dunst in it. She was so cool. I loved the whole concept, it was really fun. As a kid I thought it was totally magical.”

Gillan went on to say that of everyone involved, and thanks to her passion for the original movie, she’s the toughest customer on making a new one.

“I feel like I’m judging it harder than most people will because I love the original so much, and it passes the test with me. Definitely I was very protective over it as well, because I just loved it so much. I feel like it’s a great continuation and it’s going to live up to everything the first film set for it… Hopefully take it even further.”

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will arrive in theaters on December 20.


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Whereas the 1995 film Jumanji brought the wonders and horrors of the jungle into the suburbs of New Hampshire, the long-gestating follow-up Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will play the opposite game, transporting its characters straight into the wilderness. This time around, Jumanji takes the form of a video game, but the biggest difference yet is what it does to those who play. The teens who get sucked into the game don’t exactly stay true to themselves in the process, instead transforming into the avatars they chose when firing up the console.Nat Wolff’s nerdy, allergy-ridden high schooler Spencer enters the body of Dwayne Johnson to become Dr. Smolder Bravestone, a man with no weaknesses. Morgan Turner’s shy and unpopular Martha who becomes Karen Gillan’s Ruby Roundhouse, a powerful warrior and Lara Croft-type. Teenage jock Fridge starts out as Ser’Darius Blaine, only to turn into the diminutive Kevin Hart. And finally, popular Bethany transforms from Madison Iseman into Jack Black, the clumsy Professor Shelly Oberon. To put it lightly, this is a movie that really leans into the charms of playing against type.

We got to chat with the four main actors on the film’s Honolulu set (which is, incidentally, also where they filmed Jurassic Park) and watched a scene in which the characters figure out their new powers and abilities. Smolder, for instance, is fearless, super fast, good at climbing, and can use a boomerang like nobody’s business, not to mention the smoldering intensity for which he gets his name… which Johnson demonstrated a number of times. Johnson is used to playing physically powerful pseudo-supermen, and Smolder is definitely that. What we’re seeing in Jumanji, however, is a kid accustomed to relying on his intelligence discovering what it’s like to be physically imposing.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Johnson told us, “and a great challenge. So, the great challenge of me being who I am as this avatar, it’s Dr. Smolder Gravestone. Throughout the film, I just, well, smolder.”

If you’ve seen any of Kevin Hart’s movies or standup, you know he’s on board with playing the height thing for comedy. The twist this time is playing a character who’s new to being a little guy. Hart told us, “I think we put a lot of small innuendoes in here that people will be able to kind of wink at and understand and agree with.” That said, Hart was determined to find something strong and sincere in his comedic character. “I wanted to just be different,” he said. “I wanted to stand out. Not come off like a clown, but come off as a person who embraced this world of the jungle. This Jumanji-esque world. You get why this guy’s in there, from his backpack, to his short shorts, to all of the patches on his vest.”

In turning into Moose, Fridge discovers new strengths beyond the physical in himself. “That’s the guy that you technically want to be with when you’re in these situations, and you get why his presence is felt,” Hart said. “It’s not just about being funny.”

Karen Gillian is no stranger to action. She’s played Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and even faced a bit of action in her seasons on Doctor Who. But what’s new for Gillan about her Jumanji role is her lack of confidence. “She’s a bit of a geek,” Gillan said. “She’s very smart in school but not very good socially. She takes on the avatar [that] happens to be this really kickass karate expert, badass girl. She just does not know how to inhabit this body at all.”

It may surprise Gillan’s fans to learn that she relates more to Martha than to her avatar counterpart Ruby. “I don’t know why I keep on getting cast in roles where I have to do so many action sequences, because, honestly, I’ve got two left feet and I look like a piece of spaghetti trying to fight people,” she said. “I feel like I got cast because Jake [Kasdan], the director, could tell I was a bit of a nerd in high school. He said that and I was like, ‘You’re absolutely right.’”

As for Ruby Roundhouse’s special power, it may be the most fun of the bunch: dance fighting. “First off, I didn’t know what dance fighting was until this movie,” Gillan said. “I think we might have invented it. It was really fun. I had to do this seductive routine and basically kill two men. It was maybe the best day of my life. So much fun.”

Jack Black is of course known for his comedy, and slips from one character to another with ease in the same conversation, let alone across different movies. After making up songs about the film for half of our interview, he joked that this role, that of a 16-year-old girl, is probably closer to who he is than the dorky yet funny guys he plays in most of his films.

“In a weird way, I feel like it was the real life I was born to play,” Black said. “It was very easy to tap into my inner 16-year-old girl. I don’t know why. But just to have that power of attraction. It’s subtle, but when you know you’ve got it, you know you’ve got it. And it’s just a look, a subtle gesture, and you know you’ve got it.”

Are you guys excited for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle? Is there a particular character you’re looking forward to seeing? Tweet us your thoughts at @JennaBusch and @Nerdist!