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How "Central Intelligence" Made The Rock Fat

There's an action comedy out called Central Intelligence starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. They're high school buddies who become a special agent and an accountant who team up. It's not a scifi movie, but there is some interesting science behind-the-scenes. There's a flashback where it's revealed that Dwayne Johnson's character used to be an awkward fat kid in school. It shows Johnson singing in the shower to En Vogue's "My Lovin'," and subjected to a cruel prank of getting thrown into the gym naked.

For all of the Rock's fans, the results are pretty startling:


The interesting thing is that they didn't use a fat suit, like they usually do for these movies, and which usually look pretty bad. They actually used CGI and motion capture to create a younger digital version of Johnson's head, and pasted it onto the body of overweight viral Polynesian dancer Sione Kelepi to create the effect. I'm always fascinated by how computer graphics have replaced makeup and costumes. Here's a great little breakdown of how they did it, presented by Wired.

What do you think of the effect? Should they have just used a fat suit or was it worth the effort?

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