'Look's great!': Internet abuzz with excitement as Dwayne Johnson is set to play MMA legend Mark Kerr in 'The Smashing Machine'

'Look's great!': Internet abuzz with excitement as Dwayne Johnson is set to play MMA legend Mark Kerr in 'The Smashing Machine'
Dwayne Johnson was in Cannes to meet potential buyers of his upcoming flick 'The Smashing Machine' (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Dwayne Johnson has completely transformed his look for the upcoming biopic flick ‘The Smashing Machine.’

The ‘Moana’ actor is set to play MMA legend Mark Kerr. A24 has also released the teaser for Benny Safdie’s project on social media.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Dwayne Johnson attends the World Premiere Of Netflix's
Dwayne Johnson shared that he was attacked to 'The Smashing Machine' venture (Getty Images)

Dwayne Johnson looks unrecognizable as he plays MMA legend Mark Kerr

In one of the recently released photos, Johnson can be seen sitting in the corner of the ring without his tattoos and head full of hair.

The 52-year-old flew to Cannes last week to meet with potential buyers about the UFC story.

Johnson earlier talked with Variety about 'The Smashing Machine. He said, “Benny wants to create, and continues to push the envelope when it comes to stories that are raw and real, characters that are authentic and at times uncomfortable and arresting. I’m at a point in my career where I want to push myself in ways that I’ve not pushed myself in the past."

The Rock with the Intercontinental Championship at a WWF (now WWE) show in Manchester, England on April 4, 1998 (WWE - Manchester)
The Rock with the Intercontinental Championship at a WWF (now WWE) show in Manchester, England, on April 4, 1998 (Getty Images)

"I’m at a point in my career where I want to make films that matter, that explore a humanity and explore struggle [and] pain,” he said.

The flick will explore different aspects of Kerr’s life, including his struggle with addiction, winning matches, love, and friendship around 2000.

‘The Smashing Machine’ also features Emily Blunt, playing Dawn Staples, the wife of the MMA star, reports Deadline.

The filmmaker Safdie has come together with A24 after the success of 'Uncut Gems.' He has also written the script for ‘The Smashing Machine.’

"'The Smashing Machine' is a story based on true events surrounding Kerr's life and his rise through the MMA world which was unfortunately derailed by his opioid addiction," according to the movie's synopsis.

Kerr, during his MMA career, bagged UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion twice. He was also the World Vale Tudo Championship tournament winner along with other wins, including 1992 NCAA National Wrestling Champion, Pride FC Heavyweight Champion, 1994 National Freestyle Champion, and four-time ADCC World Submission Champion.



 

Internet abuzz over Dwayne Johnson's look in 'The Smashing Machine'

Soon as the word spread out, netizens shared their thoughts on Dwayne Johnson playing MMA legend Mark Kerr.

An X user wrote, "I get that Benny is directing the movie but why does The Rock look like him."

"So what’s the make up? Clearly a wig, is his nose different? Something about his face," another quipped.

"The hierarchy of power in A24 is about to change," a user chimed. 

Another remarked, "Why does it look like he’s gonna be acting in this one."

One wasn't too impressed as the user wrote, "It's too divisive. No, thank you. I cannot support that."

"Look's great 😃👍" a user simply expressed.



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 

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