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“His ego refused to let him play a bad guy”: While Arnold Schwarzenegger Agreed to Play Villain in $78.3M Blockbuster, Dwayne Johnson’s Refusal to Make Black Adam a Bad Guy Killed Henry Cavill’s Superman

Playing the role of the antagonist in a project that has the potential to become a cult classic is not an easy decision. After all, it could probably lead to a ton of typecasting in the future. Maybe this was what was worrying Dwayne Johnson when he refused to let Black Adam become a true villain in his DC debut.
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam
While Arnold Schwarzenegger became a villain in the Terminator franchise, despite his initial hesitance, Dwayne Johnson was not at all willing to let Black Adam be perceived as an antagonist. One could argue that his unwillingness of letting Black Adam truly shine as the villain or anti-hero that he is, might have been the cause of Black Adam not receiving much positive feedback from viewers. Did Dwayne Johnson’s idea of seeing Black Adam as a hero end up ruining it for both the Black Adam franchise as well as Henry Cavill’s return?

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Was Dwayne Johnson Unsure About Playing a Villain?
Arnold Schwarzenegger in TerminatorArnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator
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Black Adam is one of the major villains seen in the DC comics. While Dwayne Johnson could have played the character in the dark and ruthless way as seen in the comics, it sadly didn’t happen. He once stated that Black Adam was a “Rebellious, one of a kind superhero” who does what’s best for people, but in his own special way. Some could say that labeling a character with a ruthless background as a superhero in its debut film wasn’t the best idea.

A user on Twitter who goes by the name, @JamesReinhardt, compared Johnson with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He pointed out that while Schwarzenegger was not totally sure about playing the bad guy in Terminator at first, he decided to be open-minded about it all. Going out on a limb was definitely the right choice on his part as by doing so he played one of the most entertaining characters in the entertainment industry.
As for Johnson, the user stated that his “Ego” didn’t let him portray Black Adam as the villain fans were kind of hoping for. In doing so, not only did Johnson possibly sink Black Adam, but it might have also led to the fall of Henry Cavill’s Superman.

Schwarzenegger was initially hesitant about taking the Terminator role because he would be playing a villain, but chose to be open minded and it became his most iconic roles, whereas The Rock’s ego refused to let Black Adam be a bad guy and it ended up sinking two franchises
— James Reinhardt (@JamesReinhardt) March 19, 2023

Let’s not forget that Black Adam showed Cavill’s return in such a way that fans rightfully thought the actor would be having a much bigger role in the future of DCU. Unfortunately, we all know that didn’t turn out to be the case. Whatever may be the reason behind Cavill’s removal, a lot of fans blame Johnson for using his Superman for Black Adam’s benefit and ruining it along the way.
Do you think Johnson’s view of Black Adam as a hero blocked him from delivering an authentic portrayal of the iconic DC Comics character?
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Dwayne Johnson Refers to Black Adam as a Hero
Dwayne Johnson's February 2017 Q&ADwayne Johnson’s February 2017 Q&A

In the comic books, Black Adam’s powers corrupt the character, which leads to him doing more evil than good. However, in a Q&A session posted by Johnson on his YouTube channel in 2017, he stated that people like him see Black Adam as a hero, jokingly adding that he had a black heart.
“It’s really in our interpretation and who we deem a hero. Yes, of course, Black Adam in the mythology is a villain. Or he could be considered an anti-hero. Or to some, he’s a hero, to some who have a black heart like me. Again, I love the back story that he started off as a slave, and he was held down. I think that kind of back story about a man who’s held down and he rises up out of that to become greater and then dealing with the conflict and pain of losing his family – it’s dark. But it also adds to the gravity and adds to the weight of the story.”
Do you agree with Johnson or do you think Black Adam should have been considered only and only as a true villain, at least in its debut film?
Black Adam is available to stream on HBO Max.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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