8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Jungle Cruise Cast

by Disney Jungle Cruise was another blockbuster movie made from a beloved Disney theme park ride, following in the footsteps of the hit franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. The film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who is currently considered Hollywood’s highest paid actor), Emily Blunt, Paul Giamatti, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons and Edgar Ramirez. Blunt is Dr. Lily Houghton, a smart and tough woman from the early 1900s who seeks to find a long-lost ancient tree that is said to have incredible healing powers and be able to advance the future of modern medicine. Johnson plays Frank, a veteran boat captain whom Blunt hires to take him on the epic riverboat journey necessary to achieve his goal. Predictably, the female doctor isn’t the only one searching for this very special tree, which of course only complicates the epic journey ahead.

While the film should have a sequel on the horizon, with Johnson and Blunt reprising their starring roles, the actors themselves have led interesting lives. For example, Blunt is married to Office star John Krasinski, who audiences know best as lovable office prankster Jim Halpert. However, it’s pretty well known to anyone who’s followed Blunt’s career or seen pictures of her at an awards show or movie premiere. Johnson is commonly known for his iconic professional wrestling career with World Wrestling Entertainment, where he got his start entertaining “the millions” of fans in the WWE Universe as The Rock. What are the lesser known facts about the Jungle Cruise actors though? Here are eight things you might not know about Disney’s cast Jungle Cruise.

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Johnson was a defensive lineman who played college football for the University of Miami Hurricanes as part of their 1991 AP National Championship winning team. Johnson even had the opportunity to play alongside the legends of the football Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis, who are both now part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During his four years with the team, Johnson appeared in 39 games and recorded 77 tackles as well as 4 sacks. Billed at 6’5” and 290 pounds at the time, Johnson wore #94. Once, during a game with the San Diego State Aztecs, a fight broke out between the two teams on the court, which leads Johnson to chase the opposing team’s mascot into the stands!

7 Emily Blunt Was Marvel’s First Choice For Black Widow And Peggy Carter

Blunt has been offered big roles in the MCU twice: Black Widow (who first appeared in iron man 2) and Peggy Carter (who first came to the screen in Captain America: The First Avenger). Blunt doesn’t seem to be a huge fan of the genre, stating in an interview with Vulture Magazine that “usually female roles in a superhero movie are thankless. She’s the pill’s girlfriend while the guys are busy saving the world. Blunt also said that on at least one occasion “the timing just wasn’t right,” so maybe she’d be open to a superhero movie in the future if she was offered the right role.

6 Paul Giamatti’s father, Bart Giamatti, was the Commissioner of Major League Baseball

Paul Giamatti is a big name in Hollywood. He acted in films such as Sideways, 12 Years A Slave, Cinderella Man, American Splendor, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. His father Bart, however, was arguably Major League Baseball’s most important man for five months before his untimely death from a heart attack at age 51. Before landing the commissioner’s job in 1989, Giamatti was the president of the National League of MLB, and before that he was the president of Yale University. Giamatti’s short time as commissioner is probably best known for his handling of the Pete Rose baseball game scandal in which Rose voluntarily agreed to remain permanently ineligible to be part of the sport, including not being eligible to be inducted. in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

5 Dwayne Johnson was a third generation professional wrestler

While it’s no secret that Johnson had his big break in professional wrestling, many non-wrestling fans might not know that The Rock comes from a family line of famous professional wrestlers, with his big -father “High Chief” Peter Maivia and father Rocky Johnson leading the way. path for him. This may however have become more common with the airing of the NBC TV show Young Rockwhich covers Johnson’s earlier life, including his run-ins with the larger-than-life figures of the World Wrestling Federation (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment). Young Rock was even recently renewed for a third season.

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4 Emily Blunt once battled a speech impediment

Blunt previously opened up to People Magazine, saying for years that she had a stutter. “I started noticing it when I was 6 or 7 (years old). It was very bad. It got progressively worse. By the time I was 12 or 13, it was probably at its peak,” said One of the ways Blunt was able to overcome this problem was to take action, however, the problem returned for a time when she was pregnant with her first child in 2013.

3 Dwayne Johnson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017

Known for his many blockbuster films, Johnson received the 2,624th star on December 13, 2017, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was dedicated to him in the Motion Picture category and is found at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard across from Hollywood & Highland. His star is next to the stars of World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon as well as Kermit the Frog.

2 Actor Stanley Tucci is Emily Blunt’s brother-in-law

Emily Blunt is a big fan of her brother-in-law Stanley Tucci. The two even starred together in The Devil wears Prada, and it was Blunt who introduced Tucci to his older sister Felicity at The devil wears Prada movie premiere! Felicity, Tucci and Blunt’s sister, has been married since 2012.

1 Paul Giamatti was offered the role of Michael Scott in The Office

As a role that ultimately catapulted actor Steve Carell into the mainstream spotlight, Office is considered to have one of the best television comedy casts of all time. What you might be surprised to learn then is how many other esteemed actors either initially turned down the role or were considered but not cast like Michael Scott. Both Paul Giamatti and Phillip Seymour Hoffman reportedly turned down playing the now beloved character. Better Call of Saul Bob Odenkirk was highly regarded for the job and nearly got the part before the show’s first choice, Steve Carell, became available. If you want to see Giamatti on the small screen, check out his role as Chuck Rhoades on Billionswho just wrapped up the series this year.


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