It’s true that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson knows how to act, damn it. Haven’t you seen any of his matches movies? The guy’s a pro. Anyway, now he apparently wants to prove his abilities in the greatest acting challenge of them all: The musical biopic.
The subject of this biopic is Charley Pride, the first black country music star. That might not seem like such a big deal now, in the totally racially integrated world of country music, with stars like [insert black country music star here] and [insert second black country music star here] selling millions of records, but back in the 60s and 70s, his race was actually kept a secret from audiences. Oh, to see the look on white America’s face when they found out Charley Pride was black – maybe I will see this movie.
You might be having doubts about whether Johnson has the acting chops to play Pride, but Pride doesn’t. Here’s what he had to say about the casting choice:
“Dwayne is such a force on screen. It startled me a little at first, but he flew down to Dallas and spent a day with me just sitting, talking recently. And when he left it was like parting with an old friend. We had such similar views on so many things.”