Here’s some news that will separate the true Dwayne Johnson fans from his fair-weather friends. The actor formerly known as The Rock has reportedly signed up to play legendary country singer Charley Pride in an upcoming biopic—a role previously penciled in for Terrence Howard. “Terrence, it seems, is tied up on other involvements for a few years,” said Pride in an interview with the Telegraph-Journal. “Terrence is no doubt a more in-depth actor academically, but Dwayne is such a force on screen.” Yeah, yeah, giant muscles…but The Rock as a country singer?
And here’s where the true Johnson acolyte says “ah, but Dwayne has already played a country singer in Be Cool, the 2005 sequel to Get Shorty.” Granted, that character was a gay Samoan bodyguard whose music was (intentionally) horrible, while Pride is a black Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee from Mississippi. Still, Johnson is half-black/half-Samoan and Pride’s pre-fame baseball career could help explain away the massive physique. Hey, maybe Dwayne will even lay off the reps to prepare.
Watch a cowboy-dressed Dwaye Johnson sing “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)” in Be Cool after the jump—for some reason, we’re guessing Charley hasn’t.
After that embarrassment, it’s only fair to also show Dwayne singing Sam Cooke‘s “You Send Me”—for real!—on The Tonight Show.
Much better, if still kind of surreal.