Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was “excited and proud” to showcase Samoan culture in ‘Hobbs & Shaw’.
The 47-year-old actor who is half-Samoan admitted the “culture aspect” was key for him in staring in the ‘Fast & Furious’ spin-off, in particular as much of the movie was shot in co-star Jason Statham’s native UK.
Dwayne said: “The culture aspect was the most important thing for us, in addition to the chemistry.
“It was a really awesome opportunity to showcase both of our cultures, but ultimately, whether it’s British or Samoan culture, there’s an anchoring to these cultures: regardless of what you look like and what your bank account is and what your colour is – if you’re my family, I’ve got your back.
“That is a story point I was really excited and proud to showcase Samoan culture – because in this movie, really, it’s the first time ever that Samoan culture has been exposed in a big tentpole movie like this, that is a global earpiece.”
And Jason, who lives in Los Angeles with partner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and their 2-year-old son Jack, enjoys showcasing all he loves about Britain in the film.
He told Total Film magazine: “To be back home doing a big, fat movie in the UK, felt really good.
“And we’re shooting down on the streets, outside the Leadenhall Building. I was there with a f***ing machine gun, outside the Lloyd’s builting and jumping in the McLaren.
“I get to embrace the British f***ing refinements. I’m rocking around in a 720S McLaren, British-made, made in Surrey.
“I’m wearing the old Saville Row suit and I’ve got my Budd shirt and my Cleverly shoes – all of my British attire.
“We’re back in the UK, making a big american blockbuster. But most of the cast is British. They’re severely outnumbered. Rule Britannia.”