Back in July, while production was under way on Central Intelligence, Dwayne Johnson shared the first photo of his unique character, Bob, a CIA operative who has a fondness for unicorns. Today we have the first official photos from Central Intelligence, courtesy of USA Today, which features both Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. You may not even need to look at the photos to realize there is a major size difference between Dwayne Johnson (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) and Kevin Hart (5-foot-4, 145 pounds), which Dwayne Johnson revealed was one of the reasons he wanted to make this movie.
"With the visual alone, we had a shot at grabbing people. That visual is sizzle. And now we have to deliver the steak."
Central Intelligence centers on Bob (Dwayne Johnson), who used to be bullied and overweight during his high school days. He ends up running into Kevin Hart's Calvin, who used to be a star athlete and is now just a mild-mannered accountant, at their high school reunion. After Bob is framed by a group of criminals, he enlists Calvin's help to clear his name. This story also flips the traditional roles for both actors, with Dwayne Johnson delivering all of the comedy and Kevin Hart playing the "straight man." Here's what Kevin Hart had to say about this unique premise.
"I was like, 'Stop playing with me. DJ is going to be doing all the comedy? Really?' But I said, 'All right, can I talk to him?' When I heard his take on it, it was a no-brainer. I said that we had to do it. There were moments I had to pull back when I wanted to be funny. But it wasn't my role in this film. That was his role. It's expanding the acting portfolio I am trying to build."
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber enlisted the help of Vine dancing sensation Sione Kelepi to portray Dwayne Johnson as an exuberant high school kid dancing in the shower during one memorable scenes. Not only did Dwayne Johnson have to learn his dance moves, but his face was placed on Kelepi's body by the artists at Weta Digital effects.
Central Intelligence co-stars Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Brett Azar, Danielle Nicolet, Mark Burzenski and Bobby Brown. Rawson Marshall Thurber directs from a screenplay by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Peter Steinfeld. Central Intelligence hits theaters on June 17, 2016, so stay tuned for the first trailer, and check out the new photos below.