Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, currently in production for his next flick, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, posted a pic to his social media recently with co-star Jack Whitehall (Fresh Meat, Decline and Fall).
The photo featured the jovial Johnson having a good time as Whitehall handled The Rock’s snake.
No, not that kind of a snake – a real snake.
In the caption, Johnson shared, “On set of our DISNEY’S JUNGLE CRUISE and I made friends with a big ‘ol hungry Anaconda, “while my brave co-star and good buddy @jackwhitehall did his best to smile thru his fear of snakes."
Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to make friends with Johnson’s anaconda? Although, to be honest, its really, really long. Holding the big guy could be a challenge.
On set of our DISNEY’S JUNGLE CRUISE and I made friends with a big ‘ol hungry Anaconda. While my brave co-star and good buddy @jackwhitehall did his best to smile thru his fear of snakes. Good times with the animals of the Amazon. Next, me and Jack will swim with the piranhas.. completely against his will. The adventure of the lifetime. #AllAboard #Disney #JUNGLECRUISE
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“Good times with the animals of the Amazon," continued the 46-year-old movie star. " Next, me and Jack will swim with the piranhas… completely against his will. The adventure of the lifetime. #AllAboard #Disney #JUNGLECRUISE”
For his part, Whitehall (who reportedly plays a gay character in the film) does seem good-natured about handling Johnson’ long buddy.
According to IMDB, the upcoming movie is “Based on Disneyland's theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.”
Last month, Instinct reported on Whitehall's casting, which was broken by the UK tabloid The Sun.
At the time, The Sun described the character as "hugely effete" and "very camp."
Today, our first look at the gay character is handling a snake which, obviously, can be interpreted as phallic.
Is this getting to be a bit much in the "over-the-top" stereotypical gay role? For a gay man to be 'shocked' holding a muscular, alpha male's large 'snake?'
Or is it just a coincidence and a bit of fun?
The film, which also stars Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Girl on the Train) is set for an October 2019 release.