Davis Okoye, the lead character played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in new Hollywood film ‘Rampage’, is in honour of Nigerian-American football legend Christian Okoye.
Also known as the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’, Okoye played as a fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987 to 1992.
He was known for his powerful running style and ability to break tackles.
Okoye’s six seasons in the NFL saw a league rushing title in 1989, two Pro Bowl appearances (1989, 1991)), and three playoff appearances. He ended his NFL career due to multiple injuries.
The Rock confirmed that the name of the lead character in ‘Rampage’ was to honour Okoye.
He said this in response to a tweet which said: “This year of Nigerians in Hollywood! The Rock stars as Davis Okoye in #RampageTheMovie..”
The actor explained that he chose the name to honour the retired NFL football player and his Nigerian roots;
He said: “Yes sir, happy you picked up on that. Since my character was adopted by a Nigerian family, I wanted his last name to pay homage to one of my all time fav @NFL football players – the “Nigerian Nightmare” Christian Okoye. Enjoy Rampage — Dwayne Johnson.”
‘Rampage’, set to be released on April 13, is an American science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton.
The Rock stars as primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who keeps people at a distance but shares an unshakable bond with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silver-back gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers.
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