How to be one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood

So you’ve seen the highest grossing actors list, dollar signs have fluttered like birds around your punch-drunk noggin, and you’ve realised that with your unique acting chops, winning charisma and burning lust for fame, you too could become a bona-fide Forbes listed gold magnet in Hollywood’s perpetually booming movie machine. Your parents always told you that anything was possible, and they were right, but here are a few pointers to keep in mind when you’re aiming to shoot for the stars:

Start out sporty and don’t ever give up on your six pack. Without a doubt, action heroes are the biggest money-makers, and revealing your innards like Thor doesn’t happen over night. Aside from vigorously hitting the gym, finding an exhilarating passion is probably a good idea: Chris Hemsworth has a lifetime love of surfing [1], Dwayne Johnson wrestled since childhood, rising to fame as WWE nutcase ‘The Rock’, and the late Paul Walker started every morning with a few hours of Brazilian jiu jitsu [2]. Even the oldies have athletic backgrounds; John Goodman won a football scholarship to university, Billy Crystal obsessed over baseball and Steve Carrell has always had a knack for ice hockey.

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First Trailer Online for Fast Five – Dwayne Johnson draws my attention.

The first official trailer has just debuted online for the fifth film in the Fast and Furious franchise, titled Fast Five. To mix things up a little, Dwayne Johnson is starring in a combative role versus Vin Diesel. Specifically, Johnson plays a rough and ready federal agent trying to track down Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) – they may have the advantage of speed, but he’s definitely the one with brawn: driving an armoured 10 ton gurkha truck (like “a humvee on steroids”).

Fast Five is out on April 29th 2011.

I was never that big a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise. The movies always just struck me as a lot of mindless action strung together with a weak plot, with the result that I’ve only watched two or three of them. The latest one however, is firmly on my film radar. And why? Because Dwayne Johnson, the guy most people will until (relatively) recently have known simply as wrestling icon, The Rock, is joining the cast in a major role.

Johnson started pretty meekly, a flurry of tacky kids movies (think The Game Plan), and started flickering in my peripherals when he starred in Get Smart next to Steve Carrell. To draw laughs away from Carrell is surely not the easiest thing, but despite generally being a crappy movie, Johnson derived a lot of humour from his role, and was one of the few good things about the film in general.

Then came The Other Guys, a film I’ve lauded time and time again. Working alongside Will Ferrell, Johnson really showed that he’s not just hard as nails, he’s a seriously funny mofo. Ranking second only to Superbad in terms of my favourite American comedies, The Other Guys is a hilarious action comedy – don’t miss it. Now though, Johnson is firmly stepping away from comedy and towards adrenaline pumped, Diesel fuelled, steering-wheel action (excuse the pun). In addition to his role in Fast Five, he’s the lead in Faster (no relation), and is one of the executive producers behind Racing Dreams. With his involvement in so many exciting and high profile projects, it would be safe to say that his career is definitely in the fast lane at the minute. And all the power to him, judging by Collider’s recent interview, he’s a damned fine fellow.


Fast Five official synopsis is as follows:

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race.

Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail.

Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.

Not sure if this’ll be the last instalment of the drawn out franchise, but if it keeps pulling in big bucks then I doubt it. As with the previous films, this is likely to be a pretty safe bet if you like fast cars, and you like hot girls (and let’s be honest, how many of us don’t?)