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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Johnson gets 'Fast and Furious' role through Facebook

If you've ever wondered about how Facebook can change not only your world, but other people's world, read on. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has revealed that a fan on Facebook was responsible for him landing a role in the new 'Fast and Furious' film.

The former wrestling star plays a federal marshal in ‘Fast and Furious 5’, and is tasked with capturing Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's characters. However, Diesel, who is also a producer on the film, originally wanted an actor like Tommy Lee Jones - who had memorably played a US Marshal in 'The Fugitive' – for the part.

But after talking to a fan on Facebook, Diesel was convinced of hiring Johnson instead.

Johnson said, "There's a lot of people taking credit for me being in the movie... but I know, to Vin, that was, like, a defining moment for him, because he had read it (script) and, at that time, a director was flying in to meet with him... So give a lot of credit to that fan."

‘Fast and Furious 5’ sees Walker's rogue agent and Vin Diesel's street racer character, Dominic Toretto, attempt one last job. However, federal agent Luke Hobbs, played by Johnson, is hot on their tails.

Since his attempts to launch a big screen career, Johnson has been mostly played action heroes, including roles in films like 'Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Scorpion King'. He's also showed off his comedy talents in 'Get Smart' and 'The Other Guys'.

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