Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has done more than steal ten world wrestling championships and the hearts of moviegoers. He's stolen the streets of San Francisco from us. Oh, The Rock, we understand that you are a sensitive artist, but must you torture us for your art too?
Starting tomorrow, the filming of The Rock's latest movie, San Andreas, will close a two block stretch of Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf. And as CBS is reporting, that has left some local merchants unhappy about losing potential customers: "The San Francisco Film Commission says it’s already gotten a lot of angry calls asking them to rescind the film’s permits."
After Tuesday and Wednesday, San Francisco will smell what The Rock is cooking on Hyde Street in Russian Hill (if only our journalism professors could see us now), where filming will continue next week. Those plans have already caused well-heeled neighbors to lodge complaints, with "high-powered lawyer" and former head of the Police Commission John Keker penning a letter to the mayor saying “your Film Commission has gone mad." Plans for the Russian Hill shoot include closing the street starting from 5 am to 10 pm on at least one—possibly two days—to film an emergency response scene with 300 to 400 extras, clouds of smoke, and destroyed vehicles.
According to IMDB, the film is a disaster movie that centers on—you guessed it—an earthquake: "In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter." Sorry to tell you folks, but it's not the grim and gritty reboot of The Scorpion King you've been waiting all these years for. Maybe next time.