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   by Bobbie Stone, Editor/CEO,  Hollywood Players Network

Bobbie Stone has 14 years experience as a Producer/Director/ Programming Executive in the television, video and film industry. As Bikini Hangout's top Hollywood Editor, Ms. Stone brings you the exclusive inside scoop on the latest entertainment news, interviews, and behind-the-scenes photos.

The Rock Rocks in “The Scorpion King”

Dwayne Johnson shows his talent as a leading man in the Hollywood ring.

Hollywood Exclusive attended the premiere of “The Scorpion King” where the new action hero Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock proves that real men wear ruffles. He is courteous, considerate, polite and has a big smile, happy that his dreams are coming true, or is it his destiny (?) to take another step into super stardom. The WWF champion, the most electrifying man in sports entertainment is about to become the most electrifying action hero on the big screen.

The Rock’s talent as a performer in the WWF ring were a big plus in this incredibly choreographed adventure filled with phenomenal stunts and amazing special effects. “The Scorpion King” is a spinoff from “The Mummy”, but you don’t have to endure all those extra special effects, this time you get real action. More than just live-action, this action-adventure is a feast for the eyes, ears and senses, it has everything including action, romance, comedy, fantasy, drama and enough sword fights to keep you on the edge of your seat. The compelling story and plot are filled with funny characters, humorous moments and intense battle scenes. The Hollywood buzz is that The Rock is stepping into Arnold Swarzenegger’s shoes, costumes and movie roles.
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The 29 year old 6 foot five inch 275 pounds of muscle man was a struggling ex-semi-pro football player just five years ago. A lot has changed in just a few short years after joining the World Wrestling Federation where he rang up millions of fans. His charisma in the ring is what led to his “discovery” for the movie role in “The Scorpion King”. He is perfectly cast in this exotic adventure, he commands the screen with his perfect physique, handsome square jawed face, too perfect teeth and attitude of playful victory.

Inspired by the legendary Egyptian warrior, "The Scorpion King" is set 5000 years ago in the city of Gomorrah, where an evil ruler (Steven Brand) is determined to lay waste to all the nomadic peoples of the desert. The few remaining tribes, never natural allies, must unite or perish. Knowing their enemy relies on the visions of a sorcerer, they hire a skilled assassin, Mathayus (The Rock), to eliminate the visionary. Once Mathayus discovers that the visionary is a beautiful woman (Kelly Hu), he takes her deep into the desert badlands instead of eliminating her. Mathayus knows that the ruler's henchman will stop at nothing to rescue her. Seriously wounded in the ensuing battle, he must find strength for one last final confrontation in Gomorrah. The beautiful Kelly Hu is the Sorceress Cassandra, the kidnapped heroine that is played smart, cunning, and barely dressed. The Sorceress receives visions that guide Mathayus to his victories. The characters of Arpid and Philos add comedy to the action, and good support for Mathayus.

Opening in theaters on April 19, Universal Pictures' "The Scorpion King" stars WWF sensation The Rock, who reprises the role he created in "The Mummy Returns" in a spin-off of the studio's highly successful Mummy series. Co-starring Michael Clarke Duncan, Steven Brand and Kelly Hu, the film was written by Stephen Sommers, Will Osborne and David Hayter, from a story by Sommers and Jonathan Hales. Sommers, Sean Daniel, James Jacks and Kevin Misher are the producers with Vince McMahon serving as executive producer.

On the Red Carpet - "The Scorpion King" Premiere
April 17, 2002 - Photographed by Jon D'Amore

Grant Heslow at Universal Picture's premiere of "The Scorpion King" adds a bit of comedy. (right)

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Hollywood's Next Action Hero!

At Universal Pictures gala premiere it’s the one and only six foot five inch, 275 pound leading man Dwayne Johnson known best as "The Rock". "Ultimately, I want to be the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, period," says The Rock. "This movie has all the classic elements of great film, action, comedy, romance, special effects, you name it." (above)

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Academy Award®, Nominee (The Green Mile) Michael Clarke Duncan who plays the Nubian Balthazar, is the foe on screen and The Rock's friend off screen. (left)
scorp5.jpg (7763 bytes) Chuck Russell (Eraser; The Mask) directed the action adventure film. "I told my cast and crew that this was going to be a very physical movie" said Russell, "but it's part of why I love making movies." (left)

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Actress Michelle Baney
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