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The Rock on top: From King Kong to Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper

Beeston, Alix 2018. The Rock on top: From King Kong to Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper. [Online]. Los Angeles Review of Books. Available at: https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/rock-top-k...

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Abstract

Every Dwayne Johnson film is about his body. In a celebrity culture in which the physique of the male action star has been radically augmented, making the Supermans of previous generations look more like pre-serum Steve Rogers than Captain America, Johnson seems to tip the scales. He’s startlingly huge, his body a six-foot-four monument to the labor he documents in workout videos on social media. The Rock stands for hard work, work that hardens, flesh solidified to rock — which is also the work that builds the body, like a home forged in a rock face, cut and chiseled.

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Los Angeles Review of Books
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2019 11:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/120254

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