Disney's 'Jungle Cruise' ready to take audiences on a magical adventure ride

연합뉴스 / 2021-07-22 18:34:13
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▲ This photo provided by Walt Disney Company Korea shows (left) actress Emily Blunt and actor Dwayne Johnson. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 
▲ This photo provided by Walt Disney Company Korea shows a scene from movie "Jungle Cruise." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo provided by Walt Disney Company Korea shows Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt from movie "Jungle Cruise." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, July 22 (Yonhap) -- Disney's new summer blockbuster "Jungle Cruise," starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson as explorers adventuring through the Amazon River, is here to deliver a refreshing live-action with a hint of humanity.

"Jungle Cruise," set in the early 20th century, follows the journey of Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), a botanist who travels from England to the Amazon River, in search of a legendary magical tree called the 'Tree of Life,' which has healing powers, with riverboat captain Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson).

In a video press conference for "Jungle Cruise" on Thursday morning, Blunt and Johnson sat down to discuss the Disneyland theme park ride-based movie as well as highlight the "imperfection" in the action sequences, which ultimately differentiates the film from other actioners.

"The fun of the action for Lily's character is that it's kind of haphazard and there's a sense of mayhem," Blunt, who performed most of the action moves on her own, said. "I didn't have to learn anything too specific or in too slick of a manner for [the film]."

Johnson, one of Hollywood's leading action actors who also starred in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, didn't forget to praise his co-star's action performance.

"I thought Emily was terrific," he said. "To play a character that is so progressive but also has this very unique Indiana Jones quality requires a skill set in terms of the action," adding, "[Emily] knew exactly what she was doing so I was very impressed with Emily's action."

The actor also talked about the differences in his character and previous roles. "It was a great effort to deliver somewhat of a departure from the performance that I would normally do and the movies I normally make," Johnson said. "I wanted to immerse myself in the role and try as best I could to get lost in the character. I covered up my body [by] wearing a hat, suspenders, and have the character not rely on a physicality or a physical presence as I often do in my movies in the past."

The action style featured in "Jungle Cruise" focuses in reflecting the background setting of the movie in the early 1900s but also the characteristics of a hero who is brave yet does not possess superhero powers.

Lily, in particular, appears wearing pants at a time when it was natural for women to wear skirts. In addition, Emily Blunt, who have made a strong impression as a powerful mother protecting her children at all costs in the "A Quiet Place" series, well portrayed the image of a free-spirited woman against her time.

"I really did love playing this character. I loved her the moment I started reading the script, she leapt off the page at me with all of that tenacity, drive and rebellious quality that she had. [Lily] wasn't wanting to conform to the times and all the restraints that were around women in 1917," Blunt said.

"But what I loved most about the characters was their humanity. They're not slick action heroes, which is reminiscent of Indiana Jones because he fell on his face, he was terrified of snakes, and he messed up. It's more joyful to watch people who were ill prepared for the tasks," the actress added. "I just loved all the humor and all of the passion the character was filled with."

Both Johnson and Blunt also hinted that the production of a sequel to "Jungle Cruise" was in discussion.

"If you think about the opportunity we had here of delivering something that was great for the audience to enjoy, we want to come back and give them more," Johnson said. "All these early reactions to the movie have been so positive that have led us and Disney to start breaking dialogue about what a sequel would look like. And I can't wait."

Blunt also added, " We're so on board if Disney wants to go ahead and make another one. We are already in discussions with them. It would be my dream to make as many of these as possible and keep the adventure going."

"Jungle Cruise" will hit theaters on July 28.



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