Not every film is made for the same reason. Some films are made to challenge storytelling conventions, and some are designed to push the medium forward. However, there are also many that are made for one simple reason: to give an audience a means of escapism. I’d say the majority of those types of films are what we cover here at LRM.
However, even those escapist films tend to be full of death and consequences, but it doesn’t sound like that’s something actor/producer Dwayne Johnson wants in any of his films. Johnson has gone on to be one of the biggest actors in the business, though unlike many actors, he seems perfectly happy to stick to his big-budget genre films. In fact, in his upcoming film, Rampage, the writers were contemplating killing off George the gorilla, and he was not a fan.
“I don’t like a sad ending. Life brings that s**t – I don’t want it in my movies. When the credits roll, I want to feel great. We 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.”
Spoiler alert? Guess Mighty George Young won’t be kicking the bucket in this film or any potential sequel. That being said, it is worth pointing out that Johnson never said he didn’t like sacrifice in a film. He just doesn’t want the film to end on that note, which I can understand with a flick like this.
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SOURCE: Rolling Stone