Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Welcome to the Jungle Chaos

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Welcome to the Jungle Chaos

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WALKING into a room to see Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, a triple threat of comedy movie stardom, feels like walking into the eye of a storm.

"You're here for the ruckus!" Jack shouts.

He is not wrong. Spending time with this trio is chaos.

It's so loud and they talk over each other so much it's almost a miracle they made a film together at all, but somehow they did - a long-awaited sequel to the 1995 family fantasy Jumanji.

Set more than 20 years after the events of the first film, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle sees the trio joined by Doctor Who's Karen Gillan as they try to escape the game in which they are trapped.

But back in the London hotel, where they are causing merry mayhem, Jack's tea has arrived.

He wants a sugar lump but there are no tongs to dispense it.

"That doesn't seem very civilised!" he exclaims. "But I bring the ruckus. No tongs! Straight fingers!" He is seated on the end of the group and proceeds to slurp loudly from his teacup.

Dwayne's hulking 6 ft 4 in, 18-stone frame is squished between him and comedy superstar Kevin, whom he affectionately refers to as "snack size Denzel".

Dwayne and Kevin have been pals for a while, having already starred together in Central Intellligence in 2016.

While Kevin is talking - "I would say I'm coming in with a high level of energy but then Jack is right there with me and then Dwayne is bouncing off the energy. All three of us are different but all on the same level" - Dwayne pretends to snore. Kevin rolls his eyes. "He made that a consistent thing, even during my scenes," he says.

They verbally jab at each other constantly. As they embark on an international press tour for the film, Dwayne reveals he is learning a swear word in the language of every country they visit to insult Kevin with.

Asked about having a special reunion in the film, the former wrestler replies: "It was a reunion. I don't know how special it was."

"It was actually very normal. It was just another day, nothing to be excited about," Kevin adds. …

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