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Dwayne Johnson returns to action in 'Faster'

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in a scene from 2010 film 'Faster.' (CBS Films, Chuck Hodes)

November 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
In the new film "Faster," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Driver, an ex-con who was double-crossed during a heist, which led to his brother's death. Now he's out of prison and out for revenge.After spending a few years in family-friendly films like "The Tooth Fairy," Johnson was ready to shift back into action.

"It's my home, and I love being physical. But I was just waiting for the right material to come along," he said. "What impressed me and intrigued me about this was just a straight forward story. Number one, a straight forward story of you took something from me, you took my brother and you killed him. And it's the only thing that I ever loved and the only thing that loved me and now you're gonna pay."

"I also love that it was paying a homage to movies of the '70s. There's no big dazzling special effects, no big CGI green screen work or anything like that. And I can appreciate that in movies because I've made them, but there was something really cool about having something grounded and rooted and no special effects but a big gun and bad men, and they're gonna pay," said Johnson.

Billy Bob Thornton also stars in the film as the world weary cop who's assigned to stop Driver's killing spree.

Thornton had taken a few years away from the big screen to focus on his family and music career.

"I woke up one day and said, 'hey there's a recession, I better do a movie,'" said Thornton. "So this one was a good one to do. Dwayne's such a great guy, and George Tillman, the director, is terrific. I have to say after laying off for a couple years this was a great one to come back to."

Thornton will next star in a crime drama for director Walter Hill called "St. Vincent." And Johnson just finished shooting "Fast Five," the fifth film in the "Fast and Furious" franchise.