Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Shows Off Elbow Injury

“Got banged up pretty good today.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently suffered an injury while filming his upcoming biopic The Smashing Machine, based on the life of former UFC star Mark Kerr. Johnson shared a video on his social media, revealing a swollen and bruised elbow, which he humorously described as looking like a “cantaloupe.”

Filming Injuries

Johnson, who is known for his intense physical roles, appeared in good spirits despite the injury. In the video, he said,

“I’m filming a movie called The Smashing Machine and anytime your film is called The Smashing Machine, you’re kind of going to get smashed up. Look at that sucker right there. It’s like I have a cantaloupe in the bottom of my elbow. I got banged up pretty good today in our scenes.”

“There might be some soft tissue damage in there. That’s a lot of fluid, we’ll see. I’ve got to get it out of there first before I get any kind of MRI,” Johnson added.

The exact cause of the injury wasn’t mentioned, but it highlights the physical demands of his role.

About The Smashing Machine

The Smashing Machine tells the story of Mark Kerr, a dominant figure in the early days of UFC who later became a star in Japan’s PRIDE organization. Kerr’s career was marked by incredible victories as well as personal struggles, including battles with addiction. The film is directed by Benny Safdie and stars Johnson alongside Emily Blunt, who plays Kerr’s wife, Dawn Staples. The film’s production began in May 2024 and is set to release in December 2024.



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Behind the Scenes

In addition to Johnson’s dedication to portraying Kerr accurately, he has undergone significant physical preparation, including MMA training, to embody the former fighter’s persona. Johnson and Safdie have been working on the project since 2019, with the aim of delivering an authentic and gripping story of Kerr’s life both inside and outside the ring.

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