The Rock wraps filming of ‘Scorpion King' in dunes

May 08, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

World Wrestling Federation superstar The Rock recently completed filming in the Imperial Valley for the upcoming Universal Studios' production of "Scorpion King."

While "Scorpion King" isn't technically the third installment to "The Mummy" movie duo, The Rock has reprised his role from the weekend blockbuster "The Mummy Returns" for this film.

Allison Martin, Imperial County Film Commission executive director, said portions of the movie were filmed last week in areas between Buttercup and Borrego Springs.

Martin, who met The Rock on the set, described him as "kind, sweet and soft-spoken," different from the raised eyebrow personality for which he is most famous.


The actor/wrestler was busy tending to his pregnant wife between takes, according to Martin.

Martin regretted not having an autograph signing for locals, but The Rock's filming schedule didn't allow time for one.

"They weren't here long enough," Martin said.

"Scorpion King" is due in theaters sometime next year.

According to Martin, May is the busiest time for local filming as productions hurry to complete filming before the summer.

Five major film productions have shot footage in the Imperial Valley in the last year, including "Joy Ride" with Leelee Sobieski and "The Salton Sea" with Val Kilmer. Martin has plans to stage local premieres for both films, which open this fall.

Vogue and Nissan both have plans to film here as well as Comedy Central's "Junkyard Wars."

The Imperial County Film Commission is a non-profit organization that promotes and markets the Imperial Valley as a filming location for movies, commercials, print ads and other media.

Aside from promoting the Imperial Valley, Martin said she has had to work at assuring the Valley gets credit for appearing in films. Martin noted that because areas such as Buttercup are close to Yuma, officials there tend to introduce and credit the dunes as "the Yuma dunes" when in fact the dunes are part of Imperial County.

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