The Rock Reveals He Almost Walked Away From ‘Rampage’ After Reading The Original Ending

Actor Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock, must have realized he’d definitely made it to the A list when filmmakers of the movie Rampage were willing to change the ending to appease the star. After reading the script, Johnson knew the ending of the film had to be changed. After decades of building a loyal fan base, first as a professional wrestle and more recently as an actor, Johnson knows what his fans expect, and he wasn’t about to let them down with a sad ending. 

SPOILER ALERT: Originally George was going to die.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Johnson discussed his initial reaction to reading the script, saying:

So the script comes in, and I’m reading it. And at the end of it – George dies! I’m like, ‘No. Did I miss something? George can’t be dead.’ But I go back, and yeah. 

Take note Hollywood, George isn’t dying while The Rock is on watch. Johnson went on to discuss how the changes came about:

I don’t like a sad ending,. Life brings that shit – I don’t want it in my movies. When the credits roll, I want to feel great. We [Filmmakers] had a big meeting where they gave me all the reasons they thought George should die. He sacrifices himself saving the world. Killing these animals who had ill intentions to harm mankind. He sacrifices himself like a brave soldier. OK. But this is a movie! There’s a crocodile the size of a football stadium – we’re not making Saving Private Ryan…

For years I’ve built a trust with them that they’re [Fans] gonna come to my movies and feel good. So every once in a while, you have to drop this card, which is: You’re gonna have to find another actor. We need to figure something out, otherwise I’m not gonna do the movie.

The public is certainly glad Johnson didn’t quit the film. Rampage is currently number 1 at the box office. 

Fans are loving the film. 

If the kids love it then it’s good enough for us!

H/T: Uproxx