LOS ANGELES When your film franchise has gotten tired the Fast arent quite as Furious, the Mummy needs a reason to Return Dwayne Johnson is the guy to call.
The 40-year-old actor has become a savior of stale film series, injecting new life into Fast Five, The Mummy Returns, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and now G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The former professional wrestler rocks established franchises by joining them on the second or subsequent installment and boosting the propertys box office.
Fast & Furious 6 and Journey 3 are on the way, and Johnsons Mummy character got his own spinoff film, The Scorpion King.
We call him franchise Viagra, said Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. He comes in and he elevates everything, not just physically, but energy-wise... He was the only one in our minds that could reinvent G.I. Joe and carry the franchise forward.
In Retaliation, Johnson takes over for Channing Tatum, the star of 2009s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Tatum plays a smaller role in the sequel as Johnson introduces moviegoers to Roadblock, a character from the G.I. Joe universe whos built like a tank but always served second in command.
Johnson grew up playing with G.I. Joe action figures, so he was especially excited to be a part of Joes second cinematic outing.
In fact, hes open to joining any film franchise he might be able to help.
The Associated Press asked Johnson what role he might play in two of the top-grossing movie franchises of all time. The Rock, tongue firmly in cheek, is willing to revive them.
STAR WARS: That could happen. I only say that because of my love for the mythology of Star Wars. ... Boba Fett could work. But it cant be the Boba Fett as we know. We cant hide my magic (gestures to his face). This is magic, my friend (laughs). Theres got to be a cross between a Sith and a Jedi. What is that? Dont know what that is yet. Weve got to create it.
JAMES BOND: I love that franchise. Daniel Craig has been great. You know my grandfather was a baddie in You Only Live Twice with Sean Connery. They had this awesome fight scene. So he kind of opened up the doors in my mind a little bit at least. So yeah, absolutely me chasing down Daniel Craig. But heres the thing. Heres my idea. Chase down Daniel Craig and then become the new Bond. Thats what we do ... Thats never going to happen, OK, but go ahead.
BATMAN: Um. Lets take a crack at it. I love that. Batman. Do I say that? Im Batman.
SHREK: With Shrek we create a five-legged Brahma bull with three horns.. Hes neutral. And sometimes he stutters.
TWILIGHT: We would introduce the biggest, baddest, most manliest vampire the world has ever seen or will ever see. Go to Kristen Stewart, grab her by the back of the head, pull her in closely. Here comes Pattinson. Pie-face him out of the way. Look at her before I kiss her: Were doing away with boyhood things. Push him out of the way. Give her the kiss. Change her life. Then Id bite her; rip her face off (laughs).
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: We have Johnny Depp on one side, that pirate, then we have myself on another side. Im a pirate dont believe in drinking, dont believe in cussing. A clean pirate who happens to be boring. Yes, yes, thats it. How exciting is that? Youre lining up. Everyones lining up to see it.
INDIANA JONES: I would be a professor at the University of Miami, of course, naturally ... who stumbles upon something that is considered the fountain of youth. Give it to the real Indy. We go back in time. He becomes Indy from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Then we both set off.
AP Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson contributed to this report.