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Crew members axed for Hercules pics

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has revealed that security was so tight on his Hercules film that dozens of people were fired for trying to sneak photos.

The actor plays the Greek hero in the upcoming movie, and told Cinema Blend that bosses were so determined to keep the character's look under wraps that close to 50 crew members were let go for trying to snap him in costume.

"I would say maybe close to 50 people were fired - crew members - all trying to sneak pictures," he said. "So there's that. There's mandate, and we all agreed on that."

Dwayne himself shared on-set pictures on Twitter, but managed to do it without giving too much away.

He explained: "I told the studios, 'Hey, what I'd like to do is take the audience and the fans on a journey from beginning to end because it's such a passion project for me. So from the time I get to Budapest, I'd like to take them on a journey in terms of what my diet is, what my training is and on set, too.'

"They said, 'Well, how are you going to do that?' I said, 'Well, trust me. Somehow I'm going to do it'."

Earlier this month the 41-year-old finally unveiled his Hercules look in its entirety.

He tweeted a photo revealing his full beard, shoulder length brown locks and armour, captioned: "The world's first superhero. #TilDeathOrVictory."

Hercules - also starring Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt - is due to be released later this year.

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