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The Rock crumbles to a tiny adversary

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Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson, The Scorpion King
The Scorpion King: Darren Michaels

Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, was thrilled that his upcoming ”Mummy” spin-off, ”The Scorpion King,” was shot in the good ol’ U.S. of A. — Hollywood and Yuma, Ariz., to be precise. While making his film debut, 2001’s ”The Mummy Returns,” The Rock had more than butterflies in his stomach. The wrestler was felled by a bad case of King Tut’s revenge on the Moroccan shoot.

Recalls Arnold Vosloo, who played the mummy Imhotep: ”He was eating mounds of chicken and stuff. I kept telling him, ‘Hey, dude, be careful of the food; you’re going to get the turistas,’ and he’s like, ‘No, I wrestle all over the world. I’m totally cool.’ Sure enough, man, the guy was running down a sand dune for a Porta Potti by, like, day one.” In the end, The Rock learned his lesson. ”I was about 20 pounds lighter,” he admits. ”So on ‘The Scorpion King,’ I stuck to pancakes, broccoli, and chocolate chip cookies.”

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