“I don’t mean I want more box-office”: Black Adam’s Critical Failure Might Have Pushed Dwayne Johnson to Do the Unthinkable With A24 Film

Dwayne Johsnson has agreed to star in this upcoming A24 movie, but at what cost?

“I don’t mean I want more box-office”: Black Adam’s Critical Failure Might Have Pushed Dwayne Johnson to Do the Unthinkable With A24 Film


  • Dwayne Johnson is all set to star as fighter Mark Kerr in the upcoming A24 movie, The Smashing Machine.
  • The actor explained that he no longer cares about the box office, indicating that he prefers quality over quantity.
  • Directed by actor Benny Safdie, the film will focus on the life of Mark Kerr.
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There is no doubt that actor Dwayne Johnson is one of the most popular stars in the world. Naturally, he always makes huge bank from every movie he stars in. However, it seems like Johnson has reached a point where he no longer cares about the money.

Dwayne Johnson in Fast Five
Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five

The actor is all set to collaborate with actor Benny Safdie in his solo filmmaking debut, an A24 movie called The Smashing Machine. In the movie, Johnson will play Mark Kerr, a legendary mixed martial arts fighter and UFC champion. Fans now wonder if Johnson no longer cares about the money because of his recent flops, particularly 2022’s Black Adam.

Nonetheless, the actor has been one of the highest-earning actors in the industry, so perhaps Johnson is now simply choosing quality over quantity.


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Is Dwayne Johnson settling for less salary for his work in The Smashing Machine?

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

In a recent interview with Variety, actor Dwayne Johnson talked about his upcoming A24 movie, The Smashing Machine, directed by actor Benny Safdie. The actor explained in a video memo,

“I want to be clear not to say that this is an abandonment of big, four-quadrant movies. I love making them, and there is tremendous value and importance in [them]… but there’s a time and a place for them. I’m at this point in my career where I want more. And I don’t mean I want more box office. I mean I want more humanity. And that is why Benny Safdie is the perfect, collaborative, hungry partner for me.”

Johnson has always remained an action icon thanks to his action-packed blockbusters. However, he now appears to be looking for a change, and Safdie has created a movie that is perfect for him.


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Dwayne Johnson will play Mark Kerr in The Smashing Machine

Dwayne Johnson in a still from Baywatch
Dwayne Johnson in a still from Baywatch

Former wrestler and mixed martial artist, Mark Kerr, was well-known as The Smashing Machine during his prime years. In 2002, an HBO documentary titled The Smashing Machine was made, which detailed his MMA career fighting in Vale Tudo, the UFC, and PRIDE. Now, more than 20 years later, Safdie is working on a film that focuses on the fighter’s life.

With his experience in professional wrestling, Johnson is indeed perfect for the role. Johnson and Safdie first came up with the idea in 2019, but due to COVID-19, the idea was put on a back burner. A release date for the movie has not been revealed yet, but fans can expect an announcement very soon.


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