Dwayne Johnson Will FINALLY Play King Kamehameha!

Back when I first fell in love with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I remember he always spoke of completing an acting project near and dear to his heart.  That project was playing the role of King Kamehameha, the Hawaiian monarch that united all the islands together in order to fortify themselves against their enemies.  Whenever Rock mentioned the King Kamehameha film, he would let it be known that bringing the movie to life was one of his greatest dreams, and not only would he do whatever it took to bring the dream to fruition, but he would make sure that when the project was released in the next few years, everything would fall perfectly into place.

That was in 2004.

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Although multiple reports claim that Sony bought the rights to the film back in 2002 (others say it was Columbia Pictures), there’s online articles floating around that state the delay in production was due to Rock’s Samoan/African-American heritage.  Quiet as is kept, when I was training for my Hawaiian cruise ship job with the now-defunct NCL America line in 2007 (yeah, honey; I’ve had day jobs everywhere), one of the Hawaiian elders mentioned that production for the Kamehameha project was postponed because Rock didn’t properly ask their permission to play the beloved leader, not because of his race.  After seeing personally how much Rock was revered in Hawaii (Honolulu especially), and how the seriously the Hawaiian elders valued their culture, I believe the latter story.

Well, a decade and some change later, Rock must’ve been on his P’s and Q’s and came to the elders correct, because now his long-awaited King Kamehameha project, which is now officially known as The King, is effectively a go!  According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump) will take the reins and screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart, The Man in the Iron Mask) will be in charge of writing the film.

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The Hollywood Reporter also stated that while in Hawaii last year, Rock, Wallace and his ex-wife/business partner Dany Garcia were personally blessed during a ceremony for the film by a Hawaiian priest known as a Kahu (which further strengthens my theory about the Hawaiian elders).

I personally can’t wait to see this movie, and I’m so happy that’s it’s finally coming to life.  Congrats to you, Rock!

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—Written by Nadiya

So what do you think about Rock taking on the role of King Kamehameha?  Have you been waiting for him to start the project since the early to mid 2000’s like me, or is this the first time you’ve heard of it?  Is it a role Rock was born to play, or does his multi-racial ethnicity cause concern?  Do you believe the movie was postponed because Rock didn’t give the Hawaiian elders the proper respect by asking permission to shoot the film?  Give me your thoughts in the comments section!

Rock Throws Shade!

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What’s poppin’, y’all?  As some of y’all may already know, I am head over heels in love with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  Rock is one of my many fantasy men, and earlier today, I came across some news about him that really had me scratching my head.  Now, Insights from a Southern Girl isn’t a gossip blog, but I really felt compelled to share this tea with all y’all.

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Rock is currently shooting the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise (Lord, help us), and according to the Instagram post he put up last night, he’s in his final week of shooting.  Aside from letting the fans know how far along he is with his scenes, he also had this to say:

My female co-stars are always amazing and I love ’em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right.

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Wow.  I’ve been a fan of Rock’s for a long time, and I’ve never seen him throw that much shade at his co-workers.  Well, correction:  not his Hollywood co-workers.  There’s been some shade thrown at his wrestling colleagues, but hey, most of them deserve it (not all, but most…they know who they are).  I can’t help but wonder who pissed Rock off, and what he did.  I don’t think it was Vin Diesel, Tyrese or Ludacris, considering that they’ve all worked together before and got along great in the past.  Rock is the type of man that doesn’t get angry very easily.  If any of y’all remember his legendary appearance on Punk’d, you know that it took him being blamed for a trailer exploding to get him riled up.  He’s gone on record before and said that unprofessionalism is one of his pet peeves, so one of those fellas must’ve really showed his ass on that set.  Thankfully, Rock channeled all that anger into the performance, and not the culprit’s face.  Word to the wise:  you don’t wanna anger a 6’4″ 255 lb. black/Samoan man that once tried to rip a man’s tongue out.

—Written by Nadiya

So who and what do you think ticked Rock off?  Also, do you think that Rock’s performance as Hobbs will be that much better since he used his genuine anger to pull off the fight scenes?  Give me your thoughts in the comments section!

“Central Intelligence”: Ass Kickin’ and Gut Bustin’

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What’s up, y’all?  Sometime last year, I remember Rock posting some photo stills on his Instagram page from Central Intelligence, and I knew I had to see it.  Rock and Kevin Hart together?  That’s gonna be one hilarious doggone movie.  Sure enough, I went to see the film this past Saturday (June 25, 2016), and I wasn’t disappointed.

The movie basically tells the story of Calvin (Kevin Hart), who was on top of the world when he was in high school, and Robbie (Rock), whose life was a complete 180º from Calvin’s.  Whereas Calvin was adored in school, Robbie was the target of vicious bullies.  However, despite Calvin’s high standing social status, he helps Robbie when the latter is publicly humiliated during Assembly Day.

Fast forward twenty years later, and Calvin is an accountant that suffers the pain of watching his assistant being promoted over him.  Robbie, on the other hand, has transformed himself into CIA agent Bob Stone, a muscular one-man fighting machine that has an affinity for unicorns and the film Sixteen Candles (I like unicorns and Sixteen Candles, too!).  Bob, who never forgot the kindness Calvin showed towards him, invites him to have drinks on the eve of their 20 year high school reunion.  Bob also takes the opportunity to have Calvin access accounting records from his old job…or so he says.  From there, the movie takes off.

Y’all, I highly recommend this movie.  First of all—and once again, I know I’m fashionably late to the party, but I’m working with a limited budget—this movie’s been out for over a week, but to my surprise, when I arrived at the cinema the auditorium was jam packed.  Usually if a week has passed since the opening weekend, you’ll see about five people in attendance afterward, unless it’s a Marvel movie or Star Wars.  The fact that there were only about ten or fifteen seats left proved to me that this movie was gonna be good.  Rock and Kevin make a great comedy duo, and surprisingly enough, the critics were right (not saying they’re always wrong, but I thought they may be mistaken about this aspect)…Rock is actually funnier than Kevin in this film.  Kevin still delivers, however.  His jokes pretty much start the second Rock appears.  I also enjoyed some of the messages the movie offered.  It speaks against bullying and also has a theme of being happy with yourself (Lord knows Bob wasn’t afraid to be himself).  What really stuck out to me is how Bob convinced Calvin to be “the hero of his own story” and take chances; to realize that his life has meaning.  A lot of us have been there, including myself:  we were ready to take over the world after high school, but reality had much different plans.  Last but not least, Rock is so damn cute in this movie.  His body is bangin’ (as usual), and his childlike ways and super enthusiasm make you wanna melt.

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That’s not to say that this movie isn’t without its flaws, however.  There’s a few jokes that fall flat and some moments that could’ve been executed a little better, but those moments are few and far between.  I also have to admit that the explanation behind the “Black Badger’s” (the mysterious bad guy in the movie) plan was pretty rushed, and although I knew why Calvin and Bob had to team up to stop this guy, I wasn’t exactly sure why.  Bob said he needed Calvin’s accounting skills, but it seems a computer tech could’ve done the same thing.  Color me dumb.  Maybe I just need to watch the movie again.

Aside from those slight setbacks, the film was extremely enjoyable and I really liked the positive messages that it had.  Also, you’ll never guess who the actual “Black Badger” is (or maybe I’m just that damn gullible).  So if you’re in the mood for a really funny action buddy comedy, and you’re sick of watching Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour for the millionth time (no disrespect to either of those films; we love ’em, but we’ve all seen ’em a million times!  Real talk), go see Central Intelligence.  You’ll even enjoy the previews before the movie (seriously, I laughed the entire twenty minutes before the film!)!

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—Written by Nadiya

So what did y’all think about Central Intelligence?  Is it hilarious, or does it not live up to the hype?  If you haven’t seen it yet, do you think you will?  Do Rock and Kevin Hart make a great duo, or do they have no chemistry at all?  Give me your thoughts!