Dwayne Johnson is loving reaction to Fighting With My Family

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 February 2019
Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

'Fighting With My Family' producer Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson says the reaction to the new comedy drama has been "bat s**t bananas"

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has loved the "bat s**t bananas" reaction to 'Fighting With My Family'.

The WWE legend has returned to his "wrestling roots" to produce the new comedy drama based on the life of former women's champion Paige, and he admitted he holds a "deep connection" to the movie.

Taking to Instagram, he wrote: "Audience buzz surrounding our film #FightingWithMyFamily has been absolutely bat s**t bananas.

"Deep connection to my wrestling roots, so this one was an honor to develop and produce.

"What a brilliant cast led by our shining stars @florencepugh & @j_a_lowden And writer/director @stephenmerchant. (sic)"

Directed and written by Stephen Merchant, the movie stars Florence Pugh as Saraya 'Paige' Bevis' alongside Jack Lowden has her brother Zak, while Nick Frost and Lena Headey play their parents Patrick and Julia.

In another post reflecting on his passion for the film, Johnson revealed he has wanted to make the project for a long time.

He said: "I watched a gritty documentary back in 2012 about @realpaigewwe and immediately identified with her crazy, loving wrestling family, because they reminded me of my own crazy wrestling family.

"I thought this this documentary would make a crowd pleasing movie one day – years later, here we are.

"I'm very happy for our hard working, brilliant cast and filmmakers. You guys earned every cheer that comes your way on this one."

'Fighting With My Family' will hit the big screen on February 14 in the US, with its UK release following on February 27.

Fighting with My Family

  • 2 stars
  • 2019
  • UK/US
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Stephen Merchant
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, Dwayne Johnson

Based on the true story of WWE champion Saraya-Jade Bevis, aka Paige (Pugh), following her journey from dismal Norwich via Florida boot camp to the stadium. Pugh and Lowden as her brother are good, but the innuendo is crude, the characterisation shallow and the attempt to depict Saraya’s rise as some kind of feminist…

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