Likely because Johnson’s been this generation’s most-okay, only-bankable movie star, it’s become the norm for people like him to front Hollywood’s big summer comedies.
Just before Johnson resumed what’s become a signature role as the ex-Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs in the Fast & Furious buddy comedy spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, Dave Bautista was zipping around Los Angeles-albeit in a slightly slower whip-alongside Kumail Nanjiani in his own comedy vehicle, Stuber.
Last summer it was John Cena getting the loudest laughs in the blockbuster cock-block comedy Blockers.
Vince McMahon didn’t set out to be Lorne Michaels, and the WWE, by all means, shouldn’t be outperforming the Groundlings as a comedy incubator.
In battle, Hobbs nonchalantly catches a car battery that’s thrown at him; he picks up a combatant like a torch; and he helps prevent a helicopter from flying off with a chain and his bare hands.
When we think Hobbs is quoting Bruce Lee, he’s actually quoting Nietzsche.
His comedy exists primarily within a masculine polarity: He’s either the ultra man or the man child, the lunk or the unexpected intellectual.