The Rock: Hercules is dark

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has spoken about playing Hercules in the upcoming fantasy film.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson says Hercules is "darker" and "grittier" than people realize.

The wrestler-turned-actor stars as the title character in the upcoming fantasy film, directed by Brett Ratner. It follows the ancient Greek legend's journey after he is tasked by the King of Thrace/Cotys (John Hurt) to defeat a tyrannical warlord.

Dwayne has played fantastical characters before, including his part in The Scorpion King in 2002 and his involvement with the first two The Mummy movies. But this time around, the star believes there is more depth to his alter ego.

"It's a very different role for me. This is darker, grittier and edgier than people might expect," he explained to Empire magazine. "When we first meet Hercules, he's been exiled from Athens after being accused of committing a horrific crime. He's a mercenary who's lost his faith. He doesn't believe in gods or legends, just in spreading his own legend. But what makes a man strong is his willingness to get better. That, and an ability to down a fifth of tequila in one night!"

Brett wanted to create a set that reflected the horror depicted in the feature. He made sure it wasn't too much for the audiences to put up with though.

"We have severed heads on spokes. You're gonna see a lot of brutality and violence, but I call it Jackie Chan violence because you don't see blood splattering across the wall," Brett added.

"It's not quite as gory as the graphic novel, but it does have the same sense of deconstructing of all the movies about gods and monsters."

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