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THE MOVIE: The Rundown

The Rock • Seann William Scott • Christopher Walken
DIRECTOR: Peter Berg

Jungle rescue THE CONCEPT:
Beck (The Rock), a ‘bounty hunter’ who retrieves whatever he’s paid to recover, is commissioned by a father to travel to the Brazilian jungle to bring his double-dealing son Travis (Scott) home, only to find Travis is after a fortune and everyone is after them.

U.S. RELEASE: September 26 2003, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


PETER BERG on scouting locations in Brazil:
“We were in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest, and all of a sudden I hear one of the producers say, ‘Is that a gun?’ We were being robbed, and it was very nerve-wracking because I don’t speak Portuguese, so I wasn’t sure what was going on. It became obvious that they were thinking of kidnapping us. They took our money and camera equipment and finally decided to leave. It was pretty scary.”

“I liked this film because I didn’t wear a loincloth. I got to wear a hot suit. And the contemporary role challenged me more than The Scorpion King did, and I was able to show a little more comedic depth.”

“The Rock is very funny. I think one of the biggest things is that he’s not afraid to take a risk and really go for it. He’s like Chow Yun-Fat in a way. I don’t know what it is with the action guys, but they’re more inclined to go towards comedy first. He’s smart, well read, good-natured and he’s got a good self-deprecating humor to him.”

BERG on working with Christopher Walken:
“Every take that he does is radically different, and they’re all interesting. So you sit there and you’re like, ‘Wow, where did he come up with that reading?’ He’s a really unique animal.”

THE ROCK on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cameo in the movie:
“He came down to the set to have lunch. Peter was like, ‘Do you think I should ask him if he wants to do a cameo?’ I said yes. Peter said, ‘Do you want to be in the movie?’ And Arnold said, ‘Let’s do it right now,’ and we did.”

SCOTT on the accident that happened during the filming:
“It was a scene towards the end of the film when we’re about to go in and fight. I have my hands tied behind my back and, at the rehearsal, the Rock pulled out the knife. I looked at it and thought, ‘That looks real, but it can’t be, right?’ And he went [slice noise] and I was in shock. He swore and said [in a Clint Eastwood-like voice] ‘Sliced him.’ He gave me the knife [as a gift] –it’s in my office.”

THE ROCK on whether there will ever be a sequel to The Scorpion King:
“I thought we were fortunate that it was successful, but I thought the story was told as much as it could be told. I shouldn’t say never, but I think that story stands on its own. It was a prequel to The Mummy series. I think it should just stay there.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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