The Rock Goes Country

There’s a lot of things that people are comfortable watching Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson do. They include punching people, quipping, driving fast cars, raising his eyebrow, being forced to take care of his children even though he’s huge and athletic; the list goes on and on. Something a lot of people probably never thought they would see Johnson do, however, is sing country music. Well, I guess the big man has caught Gwyneth Paltrow Fever, because a new project will see him do just that.

Variety reports that Johnson is looking to both produce and star in a biopic of famed country music star Charley Pride. Pride was a success in the early to mid seventies, releasing more than three-dozen number one singles and selling more than 70 million records over the span of his career. He’s given some credit for his success opening the door to the country music world for people of color, even though there haven’t been many of our brown brothers who have chosen to walk through since. Does that guy from Hootie and the Blowfish count? What about Don Cheadle’s character in Boogie Nights? Either way, I’m sure it was hard for Pride to be accepted as one of the first, and I imagine that’s what a lot of this film will be about.

It sounds a little strange that Johnson would be taking on this role after very obviously bulking back up for Fast Five and his return to wrestling in WWE. I figured that he was planning on taking his career back in a more action-focused direction. But, he has shown off an ability to sing and play the guitar a little bit before, so seeing him in this role isn’t as inconceivable as some might think. What I’m interested in seeing is less how his beefed up frame looks trying to portray a country singer, and more how his bald head is going to look covered in a 70s period wig. I’m picturing it now, and I’m not certain I could ever take it seriously. Good luck with that one, Rocky.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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