Tri-Cities Man Works As Stunt Double In Upcoming FilmPosted: Updated:
TRI-CITIES, Wash. - A Pasco man was the stunt double in the movie "The Gameplan".
The movie stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
26-year-old Tali Ena has been playing football for years while playing arena football in Utah in 2006 an agent spotted him and thought he would be prefect for the position.
During filming he took all the hard hits, pretending to be "The Rock" in the movie.
Ena said he questioned the agents phone call. He said, "I thought it was a prank phone call. I said do you mean The Rock, Dwayne, The Rock, Johnson. I couldn't believe it."
Ena played football for Prosser High his senior year of high school and is currently the quarterback and the safety for the Tri-City Knights.
The six foot five, 240 pound football player had no experience in movies but agents thought he was a match as a stunt double for "The Rock".
Tuesday night he talked about his experience on the big screen.
Ena said, "It's hard to get hit like that and act like you're not going to get hit. It's cool but really hard."
The movie was filmed in Massachusetts. Ena said some days they would 15 hours straight.
He said the experience was amazing and loved working for "The Rock". He said, "He's a fantastic guy, down to earth, doesn't act big time, doesn't act better than anyone else. He's really personable, approachable."
The Disney, family comedy, called "The Gameplan" comes out in theaters across the country Friday night.