Walking muscle farm Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a busy man. He’s got loads of movies on the go, TV projects, too, and if you can tell us exactly what he’ll be doing at WrestleMania that’d be swell. If there’s work to be done, The Rock will sniff it out (cuz “IF YOU SMELL…”) and that packed schedule now includes a documentary for HBO due out this May.
Variety (the outlet that taught you the word “boffo”) notes that Johnson will be both producing and appearing in a doc about youth prison boot camps. Sporting the impeccable title Rock and a Hard Place, this project was inspired by issues the action hero faced in his own youth and is branded a “passion project” in the press material.
“By the time I was 16, I had been arrested eight or nine times for a variety of things, and can relate to what these kids are going through,” Johnson said.
Rock and a Hard Place places the spotlight on young people participating in the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program. It’s a six month ordeal for the kids that take it on with drill sergeants pushing the participants to their limit in the name of rehabilitation.
If you’re a dedicated follower of The Rock’s Instagram account (and why wouldn’t you be?), talk of this doc should sound remarkably familiar. That’s because the charming behemoth talked about the project via IG about a year back. As you can tell from the collection of text accompanying the pic below, it’s a subject Johnson takes very seriously.
Incredible response to this announcement. Thank you. We hope to make a good one.. "ROCK & A HARD PLACE". We've officially started production on our next @HBO Documentary Films project. From armed robbery to attempted murder, we're taking you inside one of the most unique and successful boot camp prisons in the world. They break these young offenders down in a hard core way, only to build them back up to make them better men and women once they're released. We partnered up with the producers of LOCK UP and HBO's best documentary filmmakers to bring you a passion project of ours. With my multiple arrests, I was once one of these kids. One poor f*cked up decision after another. I turned my life around, and hopefully along the way we'll help a few turn theirs around too. Production starts now. #HBODocumentaryFilms #7BucksProductions #44BlueProductions #DadeCountyFlorida #RockAndAHardPlace
Fast-forward to today where The Rock’s Instagram account proudly displays a new message about the documentary and its May 2016 airdate.
EXCLUSIVE: Our @SevenBucksProd is proud to partner with @HBO Documentary Films & @44_Blue to bring you "ROCK AND A HARD PLACE". A look at one of the most hard core and successful boot camp prisons in the world (an astonishing 9% recidivism rate, while the national prison rate is 70+%). The moment I stepped inside, spent time with and spoke to these incarcerated young men, I felt in my heart the world should see their struggle and hopefully witness their triumph. I was arrested multiple times starting at the age of 13yrs old. I was once in their shoes, but I changed and I know some of these young men can too. It's a powerful documentary that'll hit you to the core. Can't wait for you to see it. COMING THIS MAY. #SevenBucksProds #44Blue #HBODocumentaryFilms #RockAndAHardPlace
Fair Warning: Spoilers abound if you’re hunting for additional information on what’s to come, so navigate your search with that in mind.