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The Rock tells the Tooth on WWE and movies
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
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Don't look for The Rock in a WWE ring any time soon.

But you can catch him, as Dwayne Johnson, on the big screen, starring in Tooth Fairy, which opens in theatres Jan. 22.

"The plan was for me to be the (Monday Night RAW) host (this past Monday)," says Johnson. "But then I had to go to Mexico (to promote the movie). The idea of me going back to WWE is intriguing and exciting. I grew up in the business.

"Will I go back? Absolutely. The goal is to go back and do something special. I talked to Vince (McMahon) a couple of months ago and we're trying to come up with something.

"After I wrap (filming of) Faster, maybe in the summer I can go back."

For now, he's very excited about Tooth Fairy, a film he's liked the script for and been looking at on and off for six years. And after Jack Black said no, Johnson decided to come on board.

In the film, Johnson plays pro hockey player Derek Thompson. At the outset of his hockey career, Thompson is a highly talented player, but he languishes in the minor leagues. He eventually evolves into an enforcer who earns the nickname Tooth Fairy for his propensity to knock the teeth out of opposing players. His hockey career and his life change forever when he is magically transported to an audience with the "real" Tooth Fairy (Julie Andrews). As his punishment for being a non-believer, he is "sentenced" to perform the duties of a "real" tooth fairy, which wreaks havoc on his hockey career with the Lansing Ice Wolves.

Becoming a hockey player, even for a movie, wasn't easy.

"The truth is I had never been on ice. I had never skated," says Johnson. "Within seconds of stepping onto the ice, I took a huge spill and landed on my head. I thought I had separated my head from my spine.

"(I was thinking) this is going to be next to impossible in a two-week period to get to skating like I had been doing it since I was five."

He's proud of the end result, which was filmed in Vancouver, and has a newfound appreciation for hockey.

"The thing that really opened my eyes was the speed of the game, the intensity and the incredible collisions.

"I was in sports entertainment and football and I know a lot of mixed martial artists, but hockey players are (may be) the craziest. They're just incredibly passionate about the game."

While he loves working in the family genre, his next movie, Faster, an action drama pushes him in a new direction.

"It's got some of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and a little No Country for Old Men. I'm really excited to get back into the action genre. There's something special about a good family movie. I like funny. But there's nothing like kicking ass."

Wrestling fans will go to the movies, but they can't wait to smell what The Rock is cookin' -- back in a WWE ring.

RELATED LINKS

  • The Rock bio and story archive
  • The SLAM! Wrestling Movie Database
  • Tooth Fairy website

    Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.