Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson would love to follow in his grandfather Peter Maivia’s footsteps by playing a Bond villain. His late grandfather had a role in ‘You Only Live Twice’.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson wants to play a Bond villain.
The ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ star admits he’s a big fan of James Bond actor Daniel Craig and loved the latest installment in the 007 franchise – last year’s ‘Skyfall’, which became the most successful Bond movie of all time – and believes he could be a worthy adversary to the suave secret agent in the next film.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the ‘G.I. Joe’ premiere at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square, he said: “Skyfall’s one of the greatest action movies of all time. It’s amazing. Love Daniel Craig. I would love to be in Bond. Maybe a Bond baddie.”
The wrestler-turned-actor has some history with the 007 films as his late grandfather, wrestler High Chief Peter Maivia, had a small role as a Bond nemesis in 1967’s ‘You Only Live Twice’ – which starred Sir Sean Connery as the iconic secret agent – and Johnson would love to follow in his footsteps.
He added: “You know, my grandfather was in ‘You Only Live Twice’. He was a Bond baddie.”
Although he has been labelled “franchise Viagra” after reinvigorating the ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Fast and Furious’ films, Johnson is in no hurry to join the action-packed ‘Expendables’ franchise, which stars ageing big screen heroes such as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, warning that “they’re not ready” for his “ass-kicking”.
He said: “‘Expendables 3?’ They’re not ready for me! They’re not ready for this ass-kicking!”
Other stars who walked the red carpet at the premiere included Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Ray Stevenson, Jonathan Pryce, Elodie Yung and ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ director Jon M. Chu.