After scantily clad turns in ”The Mummy Returns” and ”The Scorpion King,” The Rock must have been happy to get a part where he wears pants. But it wasn?t just the idea of skipping the tattered look that appealed to the onetime WrestleMania star: ?I wanted to make sure the character I played was a strong, complex, interesting character.?
So in ”The Rundown” he?s Beck, a bounty hunter on the verge of retirement. For his last job, he heads to an Amazon outpost to pick up a renegade — ”American Wedding”?s Seann William Scott — who?s searching for a valuable artifact. (Hawaii and a park in L.A. — hyped up with CGI — sub for the Brazilian-jungle mining town.) For Peter Berg, who?s directed only one other film, 1998?s dark comedy ”Very Bad Things,” the big-budget adventure ?was a big undertaking. But I ran a TV show [2000?s ‘Wonderland’],? he adds, ?and I think that was harder than anything. Along the way, I prepared myself for this.?
While Beck is a somewhat unorthodox hero — he hates guns and really wants to open a restaurant — Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock assures fans he hasn?t gone all soft. ?If it?s possible to hit a guy and loosen his teeth, well, [my character wants] to knock them all out.?
The Killer Moment Scott and Johnson mistakenly ingest a jungle fruit that causes temporary paralysis (it’s funny, not scary).