Black Adam Star Was ‘Terrified’ Of Scratching Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson The Rock walks the red carpet for Black Adam 2022

Released worldwide on October 21, DC Comics’ Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson in the lead role, hit theatres to mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it sits at an audience score of 89%; that’s a major increase compared to the critics’ review, who’ve rated it just 40% on the Tomatometer, citing it as a “wildly uneven letdown”.

Despite the mixed reception, Dwayne Johnson was praised for his performance. He’d previously portrayed a voice role for the character in the post-credits of DC League of Super-Pets, while the 2019 film Shazam! featured the likeness of the WWE legend. He’s billed to be voicing Black Adam in the sequel, Shazam: Fury of the Gods.

Aldis Hodge Made Sure To Not Scratch Dwayne Johnson

Speaking in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne Johnson’s co-star Aldis Hodge, who played Hawkman, explained how petrified he was of inadvertently scratching ‘The Brahma Bull’ during their fighting scene:

“My lasting memory is that I never hit him. That was all I cared about. I’m actually serious. Swinging around that mace, man…I grew up a fighter, and in terms of real fighting and stunt fighting, it’s all about understanding and knowing your distance. With real fighting, you need to know your distance and your opponent’s distance exactly, so that you know when to lock in, clock them and get out. With stunt fighting, you need to know your distance so that you never touch the other person, but the mace required the full extension of my arm.

So I had to deal with understanding a different length because the mace added a couple extra feet. And man, all I wanted to do was make it through the day without scratching that man’s face. Because if I scratched his face and we had to shut it down because of me? Yeah, that’s no bueno. But aside from that, the back problems are probably [another lasting memory].”

Aside from his voice role in the aforementioned Shazam! sequel, Dwayne Johnson is also reportedly in the process of filming Red One.