Dwayne Johnson is forced to drive for a ruthless drug cartel in the gritty action-thriller Snitch, in theaters today, and the towering star with a heart of gold tells ET, "I would go through heaven and hell to protect my child."
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"At the heart of this film it is about family, and I would do anything to protect my family," says Johnson. "It's what we do as adults – we protect our children from harm, from danger."
At the center of the film is a serious showpiece, the edge-of-your-seat big rig chase, and we asked Johnson if he was able to drive the truck himself.
Flashing his trademark grin, he replied, "You bet your ass I know how to drive that big rig. I loved driving that. The big rig became a character in and of itself in this movie."
Snitch finds Johnson as a concerned father faced with a dramatic choice after his teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime. With his boy facing a minimum prison sentence of 10 years, the desperate and determined Johnson makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a dangerous drug cartel (whose key player is played by Benjamin Bratt). Willing to risk everything to free his son, can Johnson make it out alive? Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper and Jon Bernthal also star.
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Johnson adds, "Because [the movie is based on a] true story, I wanted to make sure that all of the elements are preserved and respected."