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    Dwayne Johnson Undergoes Shocking Transformation To Play Mark Kerr In Gritty MMA Drama ‘The Smashing Machine’

    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is known for his larger-than-life persona, his action hero roles, and his signature eyebrow raise. However, in a surprising turn, Johnson is ditching the Hollywood glitz. All for a gritty portrayal of a troubled MMA legend in A24’s upcoming drama ‘The Smashing Machine.’

    Johnson, typically clean-shaven and sporting a shaved head, is nearly unrecognizable. Additionally, he sits in the corner of a fighting ring, a full head of hair framing a face transformed with prosthetics to resemble MMA icon Mark Kerr.  

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    “I’m At A Point In My Career Where I Want To Push Myself:” Dwayne Johnson On Playing Mark Kerr

    Mark Kerr and Dwayne Johnson
    Mark Kerr and Dwayne Johnson

    Dwayne Johnson told Variety about his dramatic shift. “I’m at a point in my career where I want to push myself in ways that I’ve not pushed myself in the past,” he said. He expressed a desire to “make films that matter, that explore humanity and explore struggle [and] pain.” ‘The Smashing Machine’ seems to be the perfect vehicle for him to achieve this. 

    Mark Kerr’s story is one of epic highs and devastating lows. A two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion and World Vale Tudo champion, Kerr dominated the early days of MMA. Nicknamed ‘The Smashing Machine’ for his ferocious fighting style, Kerr was a force to be reckoned with. 

    However, Kerr’s struggles outside the octagon were just as fierce. He battled substance abuse demons and a tumultuous personal life. The upcoming film is expected to delve into these dark aspects, showcasing the human cost of fame and the challenges faced by athletes grappling with addiction. 

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    All About ‘The Smashing Machine’

    Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt
    Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt

    The film is set to release in 2025. Johnson takes center stage as Mark Kerr, but he won’t be going solo. He’s reuniting with his ‘Jungle Cruise’ co-star Emily Blunt. While details about her character are scarce, it’s believed she’ll portray Kerr’s wife.

    Their on-screen chemistry could be a highlight, portraying the complexities of a relationship strained by addiction and the pressures of fame. A24, known for its edgy and independent productions, seems like an unexpected home for Johnson.

    Additionally, the film has all the makings of a powerful drama. With Johnson’s dedication to the role and the gritty world of early MMA, this film could be a knockout for audiences and critics alike. It will be exciting to see how Johnson sheds his action-hero persona and embodies the raw vulnerability of a fallen champion. 

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    Vanshika Minakshi
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