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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Kevin Hart Offer Thoughts on Colin Kaepernick Debate

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By Ben Robinson III

When it comes to dynamic duos in Hollywood there are no two celebrities better acknowledged than actors Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Kevin Hart, who have starred in four movies together so far. One of their biggest movies was 2017's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which went on to gross $962 million worldwide. Johnson and Hart are teaming up once again for the highly anticipated sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, and are currently on a promotion tour in preparation for the film's upcoming release.

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There's always been brotherly chemistry between the two stars, who couldn't be more opposite if they tried. Johnson is a powerhouse former wrestler known for tossing his opponents around the ring like rag dolls. It's a skill that propelled him into becoming one of the most successful action stars of the past fifty years. Then there's Hart, a noted comedian who has sold out shows and won awards for his comedy. The two of them come from different worlds, yet whenever they get together you can tell they enjoy working with each other.

With so many similarities it stands to reason that the two of them would be on the same accord with one of the hottest topics in the country right now; free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's struggles with the NFL. Since he decided to stage a protest opposing the blatant police brutality which runs rampant in America he has been ostracized by the league. Now, as he continues to find a place to call home once again the debate rages on.

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Pop Culture reports that during promotions for Jumanji: The Next Level both Hart and Johnson offered their opinions on the Kaepernick debate.

“Kaep is a big headline right now,” Hart said via Heavy. “So, some things you gotta just understand and onion peel off a headline. In other words, when you dig into it and show interest, it becomes a revolving world of non-stop conversation. I think either you are a supporter, and you want to see him play, or you have no interest in it anymore.”

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Johnson offered similar sentiments.

“Yeah, it is so polarizing is what we are finding right now,” said Johnson. “Ultimately, we are athletes by nature and love the world of sports and all sports, but this one, in particular, obviously it’s a close one to us and also, it ultimately comes down to how badly do you want to play the game. On the business level for the owners, how badly do you want Kaep in the game? Because obviously, he can still ball.”

Sounds like the two of them are more than just funny guys doing films. And one thing's for sure, when Jumanji: The Next Level hits theaters on December 13 it will be just as big a success as its predecessor.

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