Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson & Chris Janson on 'Whatcha See' video

You don’t must ask Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson twice if he needs a superb time. 

When Chris Janson known as the actor earlier this yr to see if he’d seem within the nation star’s music video for “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” inside an hour, Johnson had replied sure.

The result’s a enjoyable escapade as the 2 trip round a area and lounge at the back of a 1970 brown Ford Explorer within the clip, laughing and having fun with one another’s firm. The temper matches the upbeat track’s good-timing lyrics: “Once I get a truck, I simply jack it up/ Discover myself a mudhole, go and get it caught/ Head to toe in camo, that’s simply how it’s/ However I ain’t tryna cover, what you see is what you get.”

“I really like this track and love the concept behind it, which is simply all the time stay who you might be, anchor in and be your actual self,” Johnson says, over Zoom. “I all the time prefer to say a very powerful factor we could possibly be is ourselves, and that’s what Chris is. That’s one of many explanation why we bonded and we shot the video and it was superior.”

The 2 met in 2022 when Janson was in California together with his son they usually noticed the wrestling and movie celebrity in a car parking zone, whereas they had been each ready for his or her vehicles. “If it weren’t for my child going, ‘Oh my gosh, The Rock is true in entrance of us! Daddy, please ask for an image,’ this could have by no means perhaps occurred,” Janson says. “I’m a fairly shy man. I’ve by no means as soon as, I’m proud to say, requested for a photograph, as a result of I perceive the extent of what it constitutes when you’re within the public eye. However God works in mysterious methods.”

Janson launched himself, the 2 began speaking about nation music, and upon discovering their mutual love for Hank Williams Jr., they broke in to his 1980 hit “The Blues Man.” A friendship and a nickname had been born: Janson is listed in Johnson’s telephone as “Chris ‘The Blues Man’ Janson,” whereas, for discretion’s sake, Johnson is listed in Janson’s telephone merely as “DJ.”

They shot Johnson’s portion of the video outdoors Dallas on March 8 as a result of he was on the town for the WWE Smackdown. They met on the Mesquite Enviornment, slapped a GoPro digicam on the truck and had a video crew comply with them, and inside two hours they had been completed. “It was so, so unscripted,” Johnson says. “It was, ‘Hey, I acquired a truck. You carry your guitar. We acquired a cool location. You carry your Mountain Dew, I’ll carry the tequila, and let’s see what occurs,’” he recollects. “I’ll say this in entrance of him: I had the best time making this video as a result of as I used to be telling him afterwards, I gave him a giant hug and I mentioned, ‘Dude, I simply don’t get moments like this the place I may simply hang around and be with a buddy and have some drinks and have enjoyable,’ as a result of we’re all so busy.”

The one bummer? They didn’t get to purchase the classic truck, which they each fell in love with. “And on the finish of it, DJ goes, ‘We must always attempt to purchase this truck!’ And I mentioned, ‘Sure, we should always!,’” Janson says. “So we each type of good like [asked], ‘Hey, man, you wish to promote the truck?’ He’s like, ‘No, I don’t suppose so.’ He was old-school Texas, which I can recognize. I respect that.”

So the 2 associates shared some barbecue, Johnson left for his gig, and Janson left for his. They’re nonetheless more likely to burst into track. As Janson recounts the story, he begins singing George Strait’s “A Showman’s Life.” “That’s an incredible one,” says Johnson, nodding his head.

Johnson grew up on nation music, and by the point he was 15, he had moved from Hawaii to Nashville. As he explains, his profession path may have gone very in another way. “We had been evicted out of Hawaii, couldn’t pay the lease, despatched to Nashville,” Johnson says. “I moved in with a buddy of mine, a household buddy in a motel. That’s once we began taking place, hanging out on [Broadway]. A couple of days later, I used to be in Piggly Wiggly, singing a Hank track. A girl [who was shopping] got here round and he or she type of checked out me. I assumed I’d completed one thing mistaken. She goes, ‘Do you sing?’ I’m 15 and I went, ‘No, I simply like to sing. I really like nation.’ She goes, ‘It’s best to go all the way down to [Broadway]. That’s the place all of the singers are.’”

Prompted by her phrases, Johnson began hanging out on Broadway, “making an attempt to get a gig at these honky-tonks as a result of I had this dream in my head — or a delusion— that I used to be going to be a rustic music star.” He recounts the story on his Instagram.

As for whether or not Johnson, who has proven off his singing chops in motion pictures like Moana, is leaping into the nation waters like so many different celebrities and making a rustic album, he says, “We have now to work on it. Possibly this yr, we’ll see.” However first he plans to take Janson up on his invitation to hitch him on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Janson joined the esteemed Opry final yr and has performed it greater than 200 instances. Or they may hop on stage at Broadway’s legendary Tootsie’s, the place Janson was singing whereas residing out of his automotive whereas he was nonetheless a young person. “I used to be residing within the backseat of my automotive on objective,” he says. “I didn’t find the money for to have a resort or something, which was effective. I felt like I had made it.”

“We’ll do it collectively [at Tootsie’s],” Janson says. “Will probably be the primary time collectively that we’ve been again in there. That’s the wildest factor. If you concentrate on it, I don’t know one different one who has the identical actual story as mine and that’s how we bonded within the car parking zone over taking an image. He tried to do it there and I attempted to it there they usually gave me a gig there. I used to be a tip jar man.”

Johnson picks up on his buddy’s story, recounting how Janson auditioned at Tootie’s at 10 a.m. and acquired the gig, however that his try-out didn’t go so effectively. “What’s full circle for me is I went in [to Tootsie’s], it was within the afternoon, I used to be instructed ‘No, you’ll be able to’t. Get out.’ Eight years later, I returned again to Nashville to the fairgrounds the place I used to be a professional wrestler making 40 bucks a match.”

Although the 2 associates haven’t tried writing songs collectively, Johnson says he would like to, and Janson is keen to offer it a attempt, too. “He’s one of the crucial proficient guys I do know, on and off stage, and I’d completely be honored to write down a track with him,” Janson says. “We’re all about what occurs naturally so the reply I’d give, and I’m positive he would agree, is that if it occurs naturally, nice. And if it doesn’t, that’s okay, too. We’re nonetheless associates.” As if on cue, prompted by Janson stressing doing what occurs naturally, Johnson bursts into the Buck Owens and the Buckaroos’ 1963 hit, “Act Naturally,” grinning as he sings, “They’re gonna put me within the motion pictures.”

By RemmyTex

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