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Here’s Why Hollywood Isn’t Ready To Cast Dwayne Johnson As A Romantic Lead

Dwayne Johnson is one of Hollywood’s biggest names at the moment, yet we still haven’t seen him as a romantic lead, and I’m going to tell you why that is.

I’m not embarrassed to say that I’m a huge fan of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. I love everything about the guy. I love his movies (well, most of them). I love his nice-guy persona. I love his social media presence. I love his smile. I love his look. And yes, I love his muscles.

OK, so now that’s out of the way, I can get on with tackling the issue at hand. Hollywood doesn’t seem to want to have him as a romantic lead in any of his movies.

I do realise that many of you will be now listing the films in which he had a romantic interest, and yes, granted, there are a few. Notably, he had a scene in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw in which he was kissed by Deckard Shaw’s sister, but, when I watched that scene with a big audience in the IMAX screen in Leicester Square, they all laughed, and it was a pretty big laugh.

Save The World First, Kiss The Girl… Later…

Dwayne Johnson in his first Fast & Furious movie

The scene was, in fact, played for laughs, and it was only a passing moment and not an actual ‘romantic’ moment. I had more to do with that fact that the character was probably going to die.

There was also a scene in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle in which Johnson’s character and Karen Gillan’s character kiss, but it was again played for laughs as opposed to actually being a seriously romantic moment. The two characters were actually adolescents and hadn’t kissed anybody before, so it was a bit of a tongue-y affair, and it was rather funny.

But throughout Johnson’s career, he’s never played a character who’s looking for love. He’s never been cast as the suave romantic lead, and I believe there’s a reason for that. Hollywood doesn’t think that audiences are ready for it, or that they want it.

This is surprising since Dwayne Johnson is often in the top ten sexiest men of the year lists, so why do people – according to Hollywood – not want to see him get it on with anybody on the big screen?

Dwayne Johnson – The Family Man

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence

Johnson often plays fathers, husbands, or characters who are more concerned with saving the world rather than looking for love. He’s very much the go-to guy if you’re looking to cast the bulky macho man with a heart of gold who’ll do anything to save his family. That’ very much The Rock’s bag.

And, that’s OK. That’s fine. He knows what he’s good at, and it seems as though Dwayne Johnson is fine playing those sorts of characters. However, I’m pretty sure they’ll come a moment in his career when he can no longer play those sorts of leads. His body won’t be that toned forever, and there will come a point when he can no longer do those incredible stunts, and that moment is coming up fast.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson decides he wants to expand his acting portfolio and actually start being in movies which he’s not used to being in, and that could include a romantic movie, or even a rom-com. I mean, who wouldn’t see a romantic comedy starring The Rock and maybe alongside his trusty sidekick Kevin Hart.

Is He Just Too Buff For His Own Good?

Dwayne Johnson and Zack Effron in Baywatch

Before writing this article, I did ask a few of my friends who are just as into The Rock as I am whether they would want to see him as a romantic lead, and the response was rather eye-opening.

One friend, who shan’t be named here, said: “I don’t know. It would be kind of weird. He’s just too big.” That sentiment was echoed by many of my friends. Could the real problem be his size?

This would be odd considering that his muscles are considered to be sexy. But perhaps there’s a limit to how buff a romantic lead should be. Maybe that’s why the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Silvestre Stallone, and more recently Dave Bautista haven’t been cast as romantic leads? There’s also the question of who would you cast alongside these massive men.

Who Would You Put Next To Him…?

Johnson back in Samoa in Hobbs and Shaw

You might struggle to find an actress who wouldn’t look tiny next to them, which is a genuine problem on-screen. That’s why they always say the smaller you are the better when it comes to acting on the so-called big screen. That’s how the likes of Tom Cruise managed to do so well.

It might also be down to the fact that people don’t want to see that side of these actors? However, how can we really know unless someone has a go, and I feel that The Rock would be the perfect actor to take a crack at it.

Meanwhile, why not have a read of our articles on the five reasons why Tom Holland in the best Spider-Man ever, the five best movies in the MCU, and our explanation as to why Tomorrow Never Dies is the most underrated Bond movie ever.

You can also have a read of our reviews of Hobbs & Shaw, The Lion KingYesterdayToy Story 4Spider-Man: Far From HomeAladdinDetective PikachuJohn Wick: Chapter 3 – ParabellumGodzilla: King of the MonstersAvengers: EndgameHellboy and Glass.

In the meantime, why not rewatch the Fast & Furious movieswhich you can purchase here!

Would you want to see Dwayne Johnson play the romantic lead in a movie? Let us know in the comments below.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is in cinemas across the UK now.


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