Ian McShane: Dwayne Johnson perfect for "Hercules"

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Having completed his legendary twelve labors, Hercules (Johnson), the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
July 27th, 2014

Ian McShane believes The Rock was the perfect choice to play Hercules.

Former wrestler Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson portrays Hercules in Brett Ratner's big-screen adaptation of the Radical Studios graphic novel, and McShane - who plays part seer, part warrior Amphiaraus - thinks no one else could have done the role justice.

He told Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2: ''Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson plays Hercules. Well who else are you going to get to play Hercules? It has to be Mr Muscles.''

Although McShane, 71, enjoyed working on the movie, he admitted it was ''a long slog''.

He explained: ''They did most of the special effects afterwards but it was 19 weeks, there were six cameras on each of us. It was a long slog this one.

''A lot of it was fun, I like Brett Ratner, he's crazy but it was a long shoot.''

The movie - which portrays Hercules not as the son of Greek god Zeus but rather as a mortal mercenary - also stars Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson and supermodel Irina Shayk, who makes her acting debut as Hercules' love interest.