Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gets some of the worst acting pitches ever spoken aloud from his agent in the latest comedy sketch from GQ Magazine. The sketch video stars Johnson as himself, Tituss Burgess as his agent and Aldo Malas as a comedy club heckler with the best of intentions. In the video, Burgess is intent on getting Johnson to sign up for various roles in rebooted movie franchises, each one more demeaning than the last.
The roles Burgess pitches include the likes of a sequel to the crime drama Goodfellas, in which Johnson would play the son of Joe Pesci’s character from the original film who has decided to try his luck at becoming a comedian. Burgess also pitches Johnson a Home Alone movie in which the roles have been inverted; it’s Johnson who must defend his home from a band of criminal children trying to break in. There’s also a reboot of The Revenant written by the scribes behind the romance film The Notebook. The video ends with a dance segment that imagines Johnson playing the eponymous nerd protagonist in a sequel to Napoleon Dynamite.
The video is all in good fun, but does strike upon a truth about Johnson’s career trajectory as of late, which has seen the actor land numerous roles in high-profile reboot movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Baywatch and Big Trouble in Little China, each of which reboots an old media franchise for the screen.
The sketch is part of GQ’s annual comedy issue, in which Johnson is featured prominently. Since leaving his full-time professional wrestling career in 2004, Johnson has taken on a slew of comedic acting roles, including Bob Stone in Central Intelligence and Maui in Moana. While it’s his action roles that have come to define Johnson’s career, this latest sketch proves he’s certainly capable of teasing out big laughs.