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The Tooth Fairy Flies to STAPLES Center

by Andrew Howard / Los Angeles Kings
Dwayne Johnson with Bailey and Kings President Luc Robitaille took part in a ceremonial faceoff betweek Kings Captain Dustin Brown and Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara prior to the Kings hosting the Boston Bruins. Johnson was promoting his new movie "Tooth Fairy," which opens Jan. 22.

If there was one way to characterize the experience Dwayne Johnson went through in his preparation for his new movie, "Tooth Fairy," it would be sobering.

That's how the actor with no prior skating experience described what it was like to play a professional hockey player in the movie which opens in theaters on Jan. 22.

"I went on the ice and I had to not only learn how to skate, but try and skate as if I've been skating since I was five years old like a lot of the hockey players," Johnson said. "It was a very sobering experience for me because I learned right away that it's going to be next to impossible to learn how to skate that well within a two-week time period."

The former wrestling superstar, known as The Rock, portrays a professional hockey player, who in the minor leaguesearns the nickname, The Tooth Fairy, due to his unique ability to knock out other players teeth.

However, his character also has the unfortunate tendency to break the dreams of children, a habit which results in his spending time as an actual tooth fairy as punishment.

Johnson heads a star-studded cast which includes Julie Andrews, Ashley Judd, Seth MacFarlane, Billy Crystal and Ryan Sheckler.

Throughout the filming of the movie, which took place at the Kings former home the Forum, Johnson said he was struck by how fast the game of hockey is played, and said that his respect for the real professional hockey players grew considerably.

"The appreciation I have for the game now is unbelievable," Johnson said. "I had the opportunity to spend a lot time with some hockey players up in Vancouver and being on the ice, watching how fast the game is played, the violent collisions of the game, was incredible."

Prior to wrestling, Johnson played football, even winning a national championship in 1991 while he attended school at the University of Miami. With his football background, Johnson related the experience of watching a professional hockey game on the ice to watching a football game from the sidelines for the first time.

"The speed of the game is incredible, and on top of that, I was also impressed with how little padding the hockey players were wearing, compared to my football buddies," Johnson said.

Former King Kyle Quincey and current prospect John Zeiler were extras in the movie and Johnson said the advice and perspective he gained from them, as well as the other professional hockey players, was critical.

Johnson attended the Kings game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday at STAPLES Center. Prior to the game, Johnson was given a personalized Kings jersey by team president Luc Robitaille, and participated in the ceremonial puck drop.

"The Kings organization has really been tremendous from Luc Robitaille on down," Johnson said. "All the players have been awesome and the support has been tremendous. The partnership we've created here is going to be a long lasting one."

In addition to his work on screen as an actor, Johnson is also the chairman and founder of the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation. Founded in 2006, the Rock Foundation is determined to educate, empower and motivate children worldwide through health education and physical fitness, according to the foundation's website.

With all the preparation that went into it and the number of other stars also starring in the movie, Johnson was confident in movie.

"We made a good one."

Tooth Fairy opens Jan. 22.

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