Scores of Hercules crew were fired for taking pictures of the Rock in costume while the former wrestler was filming the mythological action film in Budapest, it has been revealed.
Producers reportedly had been desperate to keep the look of the character under wraps, and the Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, in comments made to Cinema Blend and then picked up by Variety said: “I would say maybe close to 50 people were fired — crew members — all trying to sneak pictures… There’s mandate and we all agreed on that.”
The team behind the film. however, were happy to allow Johnson to continually tweet images of his character during the film’s production. A prolific social media user, Johnson said he had to persuade the studio to let him reveal information throughout the shoot.
“I told the studios, ‘Hey, what I’d like to do is take the audience and the fans on a journey from beginning to end because it’s such a passion project for me. So from the time I get to Budapest, I’d like to take them on a journey in terms of what my diet is, what my training is and on set, too.’ They said, ‘Well, how are you going to do that?’ I said, ‘Well, trust me. Somehow I’m going to do it.’”
Hercules, which stars Ian MacShane, John Hurt and Joseph Fiennes alongside Johnson, is directed by Brett Ratner.