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The Rock: 'Hercules' Star Finds a Role He Was 'Born to Play'

By Ken Mandel   |   Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 04:21 PM

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is opening up about becoming the mythical warrior Hercules ahead of the film's opening in July. The actor felt like he truly bonded with the character while shooting a scene where he was chained to stone pillars.

"It's when Hercules breaks through the chains and becomes the demi-god he was born to be," Johnson told USA Today about the moment. "I was actually yelling with all the power I could muster, 'I am Hercules!' I gave it my all and made myself pass out every time we did it. But I honestly felt in that moment that I was born to play this role."

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Johnson posted an exclusive photo of the ancient Greek figure from the film via Twitter, which shows him ready for battle and wielding a weapon.

He also posted the movie poster for the July release.

An official movie trailer was also released on YouTube, which ends with Johnson shouting, "I am Hercules!"

The 41-year-old Johnson said he idolized the Herculean legend growing up, and the former college football star and professional wrestler was a natural fit to bring the hero to the big screen.

"The No. 1 goal is to make the definitive version of Hercules," Johnson told USA Today. "We know we're going to be under a microscope."

This movie isn't related to the Renny Harlin-directed "The Legend of Hercules," starring Kellan Lutz, which debuted in January and flopped with audiences and received a 3 percent rating on the movie review site RottenTomatoes.com.

Johnson's film is based on the graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" and finds the hero after he has completed the 12 Labors as penance for killing his family.

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