“I want to push myself”: Dwayne Johnson’s Groundbreaking Vision For ‘The Smashing Machine’ Role After Epic Transformation Promises to Break His One Career Trend

'The Smashing Machine' and how The Rock underwent a transformation he wouldn't have accepted in his wildest dreams.

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  • The Smashing Machine, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in the leading roles has already begun to make waves.
  • The first look of the flick had fans take notice of the hard work put in by The Rock.
  • Even Twitterati feels that The Rock has given this role his all.
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Whenever one hears Dwayne Johnson’s name, there are a lot of things that come to mind. Smashing villains left, right and center, taking on the unthinkable, and, occasionally, providing comic relief to a story. What you don’t associate him with are roles that receive critical acclaim, a performance that makes the critics sit up and take notice. But The Rock is looking to remedy that with his next movie, The Smashing Machine. 


The first look of The Smashing Machine has fans excited

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The Smashing Machine is currently in production | Credit: A24 Twitter

The first look of director Benny Safdie’s The Smashing Machine has just dropped. And fans are finding it hard to come to grips with the massive transformation undergone by the 52-year-old for playing celebrated MMA fighter Mark Kerr. Many couldn’t even recognize him after taking a peek.

The Rock will be joined by the likes of Emily Blunt, who will be essaying the role of Dawn Staples, Kerr’s wife. This will witness the reunion of the duo after they joined hands for Jungle Cruise. While the Oppenheimer star is all set to add a new dimension to the flick, it is The Rock’s performance and transformation that has piqued the fans’ interest.


Dwayne Johnson was all in for The Smashing Machine

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Dwayne Johnson has a lot of expectations from The Smashing Machine l Author: Henry Villarama Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Dwayne Johnson knows the potential that The Smashing Machine holds. The massive transformation he has undergone for the role is just a testament to his dedication. And he has known that for quite some time.

In an interaction with Variety, he shared why he is so invested in the project and what makes him believe that this could be the role he was looking for. Explaining his motivations, he said,

Benny wants to create, and continues to push the envelope when it comes to stories that are raw and real, characters that are authentic and at times uncomfortable and arresting. (Variety)

That wasn’t the only thing he had to say though.


Dwayne Johnson is looking to break character

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Dwayne Johnson reveals that he plans to do something different going forward l Author: Stewart C Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Dwayne Johnson has been stereotyped as the muscle man (who is not a heavyweight when it comes to being smart) for a long time now. And he would love to break that streak. He continued,

“I’m at a point in my career where I want to push myself in ways that I’ve not pushed myself in the past. I’m at a point in my career where I want to make films that matter, that explore a humanity and explore struggle [and] pain.”

And even fans concur.

Twitterati believes that this could be a role that actually shows the world how versatile he can be.


Fans of The Rock are all in for the project. For them, it’s a chance to recover from his past blemishes (especially Black Adam). The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star is all set to give this role his all.

The shooting is all set to come to an end somewhere around 1st August this year, with the movie likely to hit the theatres by Summer 2025.


Written by Smriti Sneh

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Smriti Sneh is a Content Writer at Fandom Wire specializing in celebrities and everything pop-culture. Being a literature research scholar, she is cashing in on her writing skills by working in the entertainment news sector - studying literary theories by day, and navigating celebrity net worth through the night. Although you can find her writing poems at any and all hours.