Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Was Offered Mark Wahlberg's Role In TRANSFORMERS 4

Wouldn't that have been interesting? During a Twitter Q&A session, Dwayne Johnson reveals that he was initially offered the lead role in Michael Bay's next Transformers film, before Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg was cast.

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By Paul Romano - 4/26/2013


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been involved with quite a few franchises/tentpoles in the past, having starred in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Fast Five (and this summer's Fast & Furious 6), and next year's Hercules. However, what would it have been like to see the wrestler-turned-actor tackle a Transformers movie? While it has been suggested in the past, Johnson answered that very question in today's "Rock Talk" Q&A session on Twitter. He revealed that his Pain & Gain director Michael Bay initially offered him the lead role in Transformers 4, but had to turn it down due to his filming Hercules this summer.




As we all know, Mark Wahlberg (who also worked with Johnson on Pain & Gain, which is in theaters now) eventually landed said role, after some internet rumors apparently influenced Bay to cast him. However, would you have liked to see The Rock star in Transformers 4 instead? Both actors recently expressed interest in a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover film.

Transformers 4 stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci. The film is set to hit theaters June 27th, 2014.









Source: @TheRock
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TayDee - 4/26/2013, 2:32 PM
No one can save this franchise.
Manogeek - 4/26/2013, 2:37 PM
Give the Franchise to Nolan and start with TRANSFORMERS BEGINS.
Thegeekygurl - 4/26/2013, 2:41 PM
There are pleenty of people who love bad movies. Transformers, GI Joe, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, so Transformers 4 will do about 800 million World Wide.
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 2:44 PM
@1geekygurl, by bad movies, do you just mean your opinion of the movies? Or is it a fact that those movies you listed are bad? References? Link?
Manogeek - 4/26/2013, 2:48 PM
Plus you got all the fans who will go to see it even though they know it's not going to do their favorite comic/cartoon any justice. They just go so they have fuel to bash it up and down.
It's like stopping to stare at a car wreck.
Anton - 4/26/2013, 2:50 PM
@AsianVersionOfET
They were all pretty horrible.
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 2:50 PM
@Anton, same to you, references? Link?
Cass808 - 4/26/2013, 2:51 PM
@1geekygurl Not sure if id agree those are 'bad' movies. I think 'disappointing' is more accurate. obviously just my opinion though.
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 2:51 PM
Or just personal opinion?
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 2:52 PM
@Cass808, thanks for saying that's your opinion, which you're completely entitled to. Now if these other two could do the same as you, I'd be less confused...
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 2:54 PM
@Mercwitham0uth, great! Finally someone clears this whole thing up! Now if you could just provide me a link to a webpage or something of that nature, proving they're "horrible", that'd be great.
Manogeek - 4/26/2013, 2:57 PM
Can you prove they weren't horrible?
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 2:57 PM
Since none of you are providing me with anything, I did some digging myself and came up with this. Interesting...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345836/?ref_=sr_1
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 3:00 PM
@Manogeek, I'm not the one that came into this thread calling certain movies "bad", so I don't have to prove anything to anyone (even though I took the liberty of doing so for one of those movies geekygurl listed, you're welcome.)
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 3:01 PM
By the way, it's totally fine to call a movie bad, as long as that's your opinion. If you're calling a movie bad and stating it as fact, then there's gonna' be some problems unless you can prove it.
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 3:05 PM
@Mercwitham0uth, actually an 8.6 user rating and 78 Metascore on IMDb is substantially good. Here's a link to a terrible movie though (again, you're all welcome.)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071875/?ref_=sr_1
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 3:11 PM
@Mercwitham0uth, so everything with a score from 4.4, 32/100 to an 8.6, 78/100 is a terrible movie?
InfiniteMonkey - 4/26/2013, 3:14 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The thing about all this is that we are all spoiled that we have been exposed to certain things and our level of expectation goes up.
There in lies the crux.
Why do you think American movies over seas do so well?
Yeah, they release it there and get the money and then release it last in the U.S. where it gets torn apart.
Manogeek - 4/26/2013, 3:15 PM
Well I think that they were all sh*tty. None of those movies lived up to what they should have been. Rises was Anti-climatic and 50-million plot-holes, Transformers was made more for merchandising and G.I. Joe had horrible acting and bad plot development (I actually like Amazing Spider-Man.) and that's my opinion and now I feel as though I proved it just as much as you proved yours.
thorhulk77 - 4/26/2013, 3:20 PM
Johnson is shaping up into a good actor.
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 3:20 PM
@Manogeek, there's the magic word! "Opinion", thank you.
kemuael - 4/26/2013, 3:21 PM
didnt know this franchise needed saving, but oh well i Love the Transformers Trilogy :-D
kevshardlemonade - 4/26/2013, 3:29 PM
Just because some troll calls one of the most highly praised and biggest money makers of 2012 (dark knight rises) a bad movie doesnt make it true. Check it out I can do the same thing: There are plenty of bad movies ppl love, Avengers, Spider-man 2, Iron Man. So dont take trolls seriously. They usually have no idea what they are talking about.
Thegeekygurl - 4/26/2013, 4:03 PM
@Manogeek See you got some Nolanite-hate. But yeah I'd call TDKR a bad movie. Whats good about it? A Bumbling loser Batman? A Speak And Spell Bane? The Magic Knee Brace? The Healing Back punch? The Amazing teleportation powers of Bruce Wayne?
The movie was a total letdown and a boring audition and plea by Nolan to the academy for an Oscar.

Of the 4 films I listed only TDKR failed to be what it wanted to be. Transformers and Joe were exactly what the film makers wanted. ASM was as well.

But TDKR failed in story, adapting Batman, action, entertainment and it had plotholes so big they could be eventually become Black Holes and suck the whole planet inside. But I think the Nolanites would love to live in Nolan's Black Hole!
TheMarvelWay - 4/26/2013, 4:06 PM
Regarding The Dark Knight Rises this writer director says it best in his very enlightening You Tube review:
thewonderer - 4/26/2013, 4:11 PM
Again, with the TDKR hate.

I swear, the people who don't like it ARE OFFENDED people do like it.

Just [frick]ing let it go.
nach1wan - 4/26/2013, 4:12 PM
@AsianVersionOfET is not mandatory to put "IMO" in every opinion. one speaks his mind, and its his opinion. its still his opinion even if he says its a fact. so... there
ahhmynuts - 4/26/2013, 4:17 PM
that would have been awesome
ahhmynuts - 4/26/2013, 4:17 PM
woulda dominated hasbros lol
bobevanz - 4/26/2013, 4:18 PM
TDKR was bad, btw when a majority have the same OPINION, one mightlisten to a majority of ppl that say the same thing. and who cares what imdb says or any critics for that matter? Those are opinions too ya know :) now to get back on topic for once, transformers is a lost cause, I heard optimus and such are taking a backseat to new bots? Yuck
DoubleD - 4/26/2013, 4:19 PM
I love the ROCK ! but he can't act. Except for a couple of is early films the Rock sucks as a actor.
bobevanz - 4/26/2013, 4:20 PM
Lol as soon as someone insults TDKR wonderer appears. Its like your batsignal to show up. What is this thread even about again?
DoubleD - 4/26/2013, 4:21 PM
The Rock should play Batman in the Justice League movie if it's ever made.
Thegeekygurl - 4/26/2013, 4:21 PM
Hate has nothing to do with the realization that a film heralded by some as great is really a terrible film.
A year ago I was convinced I was in for an epic film with TDKR. I was there on opening night. I got epic silence. Epic boredom. Epic letdown. And there was not a sound in the theater, not even a mouse! Silent for 2hrs 45 mins as the whole theater sat and watched the boring Embalmed letdown.

If people like it thats there problem.
yingyangpalms - 4/26/2013, 4:31 PM
@Bobevanz I think someone made the point that bad or not Transformers 4 will make money because many people love bad films. The 1st 3 were really awful. But look at the money they made.
I think Hollywood has done a great job of WEANING people off the expectation of receiving a good film for their money and possibly theyve put out such crap that kids who've grown up on it think crap is good. And now even critics accept crap films so Rotten Tomatoes scores dont mean anything.

Twilight, Transformers and loads of other films are horrible yet look at the money they make. Do fans of bad movies even know when a movie is good?
dannybosa - 4/26/2013, 4:43 PM
@DoubleD not Batman but Lex Luthor
DoubleD - 4/26/2013, 4:53 PM
dannybosa, Rock still can't act but that would be an interesting twist.
aztecRaingod - 4/26/2013, 5:02 PM
Assversionof ET.

So the fact that those movies got good reviews is proof that they were good?


Your a delusional dumbass.

The individual is the best critic, IMDB and rottentomatoes dont tell me what a good movie is, I am the judge of that.
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 5:08 PM
@Gusto, what?!
AsianVersionOfET - 4/26/2013, 5:10 PM
@aztecRaingod, creative way of spelling my name, like that.
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