The Rock Goes Hawaiian, With Limits
Not even the Scorpion King can get around land-use regulations.
That appears to be the case after Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources on Monday approved a Hollywood studio’s plan to shoot a new movie starring The Rock on a site that’s considered sacred by island royalty.
The board, however, has imposed a strict set of rules on one filmed stunt that will feature the wrestler turned actor.
The movie, “Helldorado,” will feature a scene that will entail flipping a jeep off a rock next to the sacred Kapena Falls and into the pool beneath, the Associated Press reports.
“The jeep will be steam-cleaned, have no engine, transmission or glass and will be removed after the stunt by helicopter to avoid damage to surrounding areas,” the land board declared in a news release.
Kapena Falls, located directly outside downtown Honolulu, once served as a bathing area for Hawaiian royalty.
The Rock, 30 (real name: Dwayne Johnson), has his own Hawaiian connections. He was born in Hayward, Calif., but lived in Honolulu for part of his youth. He was also the first man to ever “win” the World Wrestling Federation title a record six times.
In addition to “Helldorado,” The Rock has been tapped to star in a film on the life of Hawaiian warrior king Kamehameha the Great.