No direct contact rule with gorillas surprised Johnson

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Los Angeles, April 13 (IANS) Actor Dwayne Johnson says he was surprised to know about the no direct contact rule for gorillas.

“The first thing I learned — and it surprised me — was that you can’t have much contact with gorillas. When we started prepping the film, I thought, well, I’ll go to the San Diego Zoo and spend time with the gorillas there. There was respect, though no direct contact,” Johnson said in a statement to IANS.

Johnson researched about gorillas prior to beginning work on “Rampage”.

Based on the classic 1980s video game of the same title, the film is about a gorilla (Jason Liles), a crocodile and a wolf that terrorise a city. Johnson, who plays primatologist Davis Okoye, is the only one who can stop them.

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Instead, Johnson used his bond with his dog, Hobbs, aka Bruce Wee, to prepare fr the film.

“He’s my best friend, and we have a bond that’s special and awesome. Here we go…we sass each other…it’s the same relationship Davis has with George…Hobbs loves to grab me by my toes, which are pretty strong, so I can hold onto him with them…we really love each other,” he added.

The Warner Bros Pictures project will release in India on Friday in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.



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