'Hobbs & Shaw': The Rock had to be 'CGI-ed' into a supercar because he gets 'motion sickness'

Tom Butler
Senior Editor
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. (Universal)

Jason Statham claims his Hobbs & Shaw co-star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson suffers from motion sickness if he travels faster than 30mph.

The Transporter star says Johnson had to be digitally inserted into a McLaren sports car for a scene in the new Fast & Furious spin-off because “his arse was too big to get into the seat” and “he gets very nauseous when we’re going rather fast”.

Talking to Fox 5's entertainment reporter, Kevin McCarthy, Statham dished the dirt on The Rock after learning that his American co-star had boasted that the film’s Hawaii press junket would be “more fun” than Statham’s London one.

“Ask [The Rock] about his motion sickness,” Statham responds in the interview below.

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“I don’t know if you know this but when he was in the McLaren... he wasn’t actually in the McLaren.”

“We had to CG him into the McLaren,” explains Statham. “One: his arse was too big to get into the seat, and two: he gets very nauseous when we’re going rather fast. Because he’s more used to driving these big lumbering trucks, so anything over 30 miles per hour, he gets a little nauseous.

Dwayne Johnson (L) and Jason Statham arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw". (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“He gets highly motion sick, so we had to CG The Rock into the McLaren. It’s a known fact on set, and now to the world.”

You have to admit, it doesn't look like there's enough room for three in the McLaren 720S (Universal)

The scene they’re talking about sees Statham, Vanessa Kirby, and the 6ft 3 former wrestler crammed into a McLaren 720S, while being pursued by Idris Elba’s villain Brixton riding a motorbike.

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The bickering banter between the two leads is likely just an extension of their characters’ adversarial relationship on screen, but it seems like there’s a grain of truth when it comes to that scene in particular.

Watching it back in the trailer, The Rock does look like he might have been composited into the action, but we’re guessing it’s probably due to the lack of space in the tiny sports car rather than his supposed “motion sickness”.

Speaking to camera, Statham concludes his vicious sledging by asking his co-star: “Is your tummy alright, yeah? Your belly OK? Go and have a lie down. 30 miles per hour? Go have a drink of water. Go and have a little sleep.”

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw lands in cinemas 1 August.