Johnson’s second starring role after “The Scorpion King” came in 2003 with the underrated action flick “The Rundown.” Alongside Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken and Rosario Dawson, Johnson plays Beck, a bounty hunter who “scavenges” people for money. His character is sent to retrieve Scott’s character from the Amazon but the two become entangled with a tyrannical treasure hunter (Walken). The shenanigans that ensue make for a funny and entertaining action movie. Johnson and Scott were hailed as a top duo, with Newsweek’s David Ansen noting that the two “work on some great comedic chemistry, but it’s the dependable, twisted Walken who steals the most scenes”.
“The Rundown” holds 69% on Rotten Tomatoes. There have even been talks over the years of Johnson, Scott and director Peter Berg reuniting for a sequel, with Berg admitting he had an idea for the film which was shot down by Johnson. “We almost made it! Berg told Collider. “We made the mistake of putting the script in Alaska, and Dwayne Johnson’s character was going to go to Alaska, and nobody thought maybe Dwayne Johnson, a Hawaiian boy, didn’t want to go up to Alaska to film in the tundra. So we have to rethink the scenario.”