The Emmys was only a few weeks ago, there is an actor, whose never comes up, but should be considered for next year’s award season: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Now while The Rock’s epic rants during his “WWE” wrestling days, should have at least garnered a special Emmy on its own, Johnson’s current role as retired NFL turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore on HBO “Ballers” has given Johnson the freedom to flex the dramatic skills that we sparingly get to see in his big budget films with Vin Diesel or Kevin Hart.
If there is one clip Emmy voters should see is the recent “Ballers” season finale as a hungover Strasmore (Johnson) apologizes to former NFL teammate Eddie George for losing his money and friendship, in front of the NFL rookie symposium.
Nevermind that in reality, it would take great stones for a retired player to make that type of admission, you feel for the dazed and ruffled Strasmore as he achingly tries to right wrong of a friend from the past, while wondering if this admission will destroy his career financial manager in the future.
The camera work and Johnson’s honesty was so convincing that the scene feels more like a clip from HBO’s NFL documentary Hard Knocks, than a scripted TV show,” (where you Liev Schreiber for the voice over?)
Given that the only HBO shows Emmy voters seem to only like these days is “VEEP” and “John Oliver,” “Ballers” will probably not get much, if any Emmy love.
But for my money, Dwayne The Rock Johnson is proving every year that WWE rants were just the beginning of a stellar career that was once improbable, but continues to become legendary each and every year.
So plain clothes cops in a unmarked car are going to serve a warrant to someone and they allegedly see Keith Lamont Scott rolling a joint.
They get more police and they see that Scott has an ankle holster and may or may not have a gun (in a open carry state).
He gets out of his car, begins backs up with his hands down and now he’s dead.
The disturbing thing is that instead of going after the person with the warrant, the plain clothes police went after the guy who was about to smoke marijuana (allegedly).
So he died over WEED???
What happened to person who had the warrant in the first place???
In contrast, Dylan Roof killed nine people in a church in South Carolina and he was arrested in North Carolina without incident.
I guess the moral of the story is if you shoot up a church, you can go to Burger King , but if you roll a joint, you will end you dead.
I always marvel at music acts like the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen & The E. Street band, who basically play a different set list on any given night.
After watching her recent performances at the MTV Music Awards and the Global Citizens Festival, Rihanna is also that type of artist.
Now before people call blasphemy for comparing RiRi to Mick, Keith, Eddie and Bruce, the fact is that Rihanna has been one of the best hitmakers out of the iTunes generation.
From “Pom De Relay” to “Where Have You Been” to “Werk”, Rihanna has skillfully been able to not only choose the right songs but to also to the knack to ride a trend early (“We Fell in Love”) and get out early at the right time to try something else (“Four Five Seconds”).
Even Sir Mick Jagger would tell you that being creative is not good enough.
You have to be able to not only give an audience what they want, but also give them something they didn’t know they needed.