Watch: ‘Skyscraper’ Director Breaks Down Dwayne Johnson’s Big Crane Jump Scene

Director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, We’re the Millers, Central Intelligence) discusses a highly marketed scene from his upcoming action film Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson.

Johnson plays an amputee who must enter a ridiculously tall building when it’s taken over by bad guys with his family inside. How to get in? Jump off a nearby crane, obviously. It’s a sequence that’s been plugged pretty hard in the marketing campaign for the action film, even featured on one of the film’s first teaser posters. That piece of key-art, by the way,  was the focus of some hilarious internet ridicule when people started pointing out just how far-fetched the jump pictured was.

“Our friends in marketing, bless them, may have exaggerated the length [of the jump] a little bit,” Thurber says in the scene breakdown video below, pointing out that the actual distance shown in the film is “physically possible to achieve.”

The filmmaker also touches on the use of Johnson’s stunt double and just what is and isn’t real in the overall sequence.

Skyscraper, also starring Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan, arrives in Australia on July 12 and hits the U.S. on July 13.

Official synopsis for Skyscraper:

Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.  On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.  A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.


Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central IntelligenceWe’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San AndreasBaywatch), Johnson, Thurber and Hiram Garcia (San AndreasCentral Intelligence).


Skyscraper’s executive producers are Dany Garcia (BaywatchBallers), Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas), Eric McLeod (Kong: Skull IslandPirates of the Caribbean series) and Eric Hedayat (The Great Wall, Real Steel).  The film will be released by Universal Pictures.

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