The Rock, Billy Bob Thornton talk 'Faster,' football

Tue, Nov 23

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton are huge sports fans. So on Thanksgiving, while everyone's out watching their new film, "Faster," out on Wednesday, they'll be watching football.

Johnson and Thornton spoke with Page 2 about the new film and their sports obsessions.

Johnson is back to kicking butt and taking names, and his character is out for revenge. "Faster" is a good old-fashioned caper. There's a high body count and a ton of bloodshed -- just the way a film like this should be.

Johnson, a former University of Miami defensive tackle who later gained fame as a professional wrestler in the WWE, talked about his old football team and which NFL game he'll be attending on Thanksgiving.

This is your return to action films. What made you say yes to this one?

I loved the story. It was so well-written, and it was intriguing and moving to me; just the simplicity of the straight-forward storyline. You took something from me, something I love; you took my brother, the only thing I had in my life, and you ripped him away and you killed him. And now I'm gonna find you, and you're gonna pay -- with your life. I love that. I loved it. I want to give credit to the writers because it's not your typical action movie where there are explosions just for the sake of explosions. There's not a big explosion. I don't have big bazookas or anything like that. But I've got a big gun with one big bullet, and it's going right between your eyes.

Which game are you most excited to watch on Thanksgiving?

Oh, that's easy. I am very excited to watch the Lions play the Patriots. The Patriots are having a great year this year, but you never know. That's like the thing in the NFL, you never know what can happen. I think the Lions are gonna be hungry. Of course, I'm a little biased because I'm gonna be at that game. So that's the game for me. I can't wait.

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