The Stars of Disney’s Jungle Cruise Shared How They Had a Blast on Set and are Excited for Fans to See the Film. Recently, we had the privilage of sitting in on the Jungle Cruise press conference and like the attraction, enjoyed many laughs while learning more about the behind-the-scenes moments from the set. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez, and Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti and we had a blast sitting in with this fun loving cast as they shared in the adventuire of filming Disney’s Jungle Cruise.
As stated in our review, the acting, particularly between Johnson and Blunt was fantastic despite the lackluster script (in our opinion), and the natural chemistry between the cast was easy to see on screen. Both leads were asked about the chemistry on set to which the mutual replied it was instantaneous.
Blunt answered first sharing, “It was instant. We were pals for life immediately.” she added, I knew when we met. We had this rapport that, like, ping pong back and forth so quickly, and I just thought we’re gonna have a good time. I knew it.”
Johnson backed Emily’s statement tacking on, “It’s very true. It’s very true. And then you look and hope to get lucky with your cast, and you try to have some chemistry. Emily and I have been talking a lot about chemistry these past couple of weeks doing press, and at times you fake it, you know, ’cause you’re acting, but [with Emily and the rest of the cast it’s real.]”
There is no doubting Dwayne Johnson is a busy man in the business, and when asked about what brought him into the project he shared: “I immediately just saw the potential of the opportunity. And that opportunity was to take a beloved and iconic Disney ride (since 1955 when the park opened) that as Walt Disney’s baby [and make something great].” adding, “There were a lot of elements that I felt comfortable with saying “Yes, I will come on board, I’ll partner with you guys, and we will develop this thing.””
Throughout the press event the commrodery amongst the cast was evident, with many points of the conversation diving into overlapping moments, and at one point Edgar Ramírez (Aguirre) joked that they cast and crew have a secret group chat called “The Conquistadors”. We love to see it when casts get along even years after production has wrapped and it is refreshing to see everyone in good spirits as we return to theaters once again.
“In the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE, a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. In the film, Dr. Lily Houghton travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila–his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities–possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate–and mankind’s–hangs in the balance.“
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