This year marks my tenth anniversary since graduating high school. With my ten-year reunion looming on the horizon, I find myself wondering what happened to the people with whom I used to spend eight hours each day trapped in a publicly funded knowledge prison. Did they become actuaries? Did they get married? Did they transform their body into an Adonis-like physique and use their hulking musculature to run black ops for the CIA? The answer to the first two is probably “yes,” but the third question only holds true for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the new trailer for Central Intelligence.
On Wednesday, New Line Cinema released a new trailer for director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s new action comedy, which stars Kevin Hart as Calvin, an accountant who used to be the most popular kid in school, and Johnson as Bob, a formerly overweight student who used to be teased about his weight, who works as a contract killer for the CIA. Initially, Calvin doesn’t recognize his former classmate, since he transformed himself from a weirdly pudgy CGI creation into, well, The Rock. So, how did he do it? “I just did one thing,” Bob says. “I worked our for six hours a day, every day, for the last 20 years.” Based on The Rock’s legendary cheat meals and constant stream of workout photos on Instagram, that sounds about right.
Here is the official synopsis:
“The story follows a one-time bullied geek, Bob, who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of former ‘big man on campus,’ Calvin (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than Calvin can count.”
Arguably more interesting than the entirety of the trailer is the fact that while filming Central Intelligence in Massachusetts, The Rock sideswiped a truck belonging to a man from my hometown, Audie Bridges. Fun fact: Bridges is an exceedingly talented musician and one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. It just goes to show you that you never know who from your past will one day have their motor vehicle damaged by a Hollywood celebrity.
Here’s a fun story to start your week off… I’m driving to set in my pick up truck – music blasting – I’m singing away like I’m having a one man party in my truck – then I hear a loud BANG. What the hell..? Look in my rear view and see I sideswiped another pick up that was parked in the street and destroyed the side mirror. First thing I thought was, “Aw shit.. someone’s not gonna be happy..”. I flipped a U-turn and drove back to scene. Just as I got out of my truck a guy was walking across the street to his truck. I said “Sir, is this your truck?”. He stopped and stared at me for a good 5 seconds, looked around his neighborhood, looked back at me and “Yes it is. Why?”. I said “Well, sorry to tell ya I sideswiped it and knocked the hell outta your mirror and may have done even more damage. You give me your info and I’ll leave you mine and I’ll take care of everything”. He stared at me again, cocked his head sideways and said..”Uhhh.. Are you The Rock?”. I said “Yup”. He broke out into a huge smile and said “Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story!”. I started belly laughing at that, then he started laughing and before you know it we’re both standing in the middle of the street pointing to his mirror and laughing like two ol’ crazy buddies. I checked back in with him a few days later and he refused to accept any money and said he fixed the damage himself. Want to thank Mr. Audie Bridges of Wakefield, Mass. for being so cool about the whole thing. Life is funny cause you never know who you’re gonna run into… and sure as hell never know who’s truck you’re gonna sideswipe while driving to work.
Central Intelligence, which also stars Amy Ryan and Aaron Paul, opens on June 17.
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