When it comes to acting, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is extremely dedicated to his craft. So much so, he wore hair gathered from a yak’s testicles on his face to perfect the beard necessary to portray Hercules in the eponymous film, due out this weekend!
The 42-year-old action hero dished about the fake facial hair on Live! With Kelly and Michael.
“The beard hair, I’ve got to mention this, this is crazy. The beard wasn’t lace so it had to be put on strips cut in tri-, quarter-inch wide, piece-by-piece,” he explained.
“So I asked my Italian designer, ‘Matteo, what is this?’ And he goes, ‘Oh it’s the hair from a yak. It’s very expensive and very fine hair.’ And I said, ‘Yak?’ And he says, ‘Yes, yak.’ And he’s putting it on my face like this [rubs the area around his mouth] and I say, ‘What part?’ And he goes, ‘The testicles.’
“It’s the commitment of which I will go to.”
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 13, 2014
Hair from the testicles of a yak rubbed all over your face? Now, that’s some serious dedication to a role!
The usually bald Dwayne also confessed that it took almost four hours to put on his wig each day—although, thankfully, there was no testicle hair involved!
“It’s a system, it’s a process, it’s an experience. Every day for five months. Every day, three and a half hours, every day,” he revealed.
“Three and a half hours every morning. So I would get up at three, and then I would eat and train again, as I had to train twice a day for the role, and then I would go and sit in hair and makeup for three and a half hours for the transformation.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 11, 2013
To see his transformation — yak hair and all — check out Hercules when it hits theaters on July 25!