Johnson shared a promotion for his upcoming action-thriller film “Skyscraper” online over the weekend. But it prompted many people to lightheartedly ask the same question.
Namely, would Johnson really be able to make this jump?
Some people on Twitter got creative to suggest why Johnson definitely wouldn’t:
I’ve mocked up some parabolas for The Rock’s SKYSCRAPER jump. Red is assuming he jumped up a bit first; green assuming he ran forward and somehow didn’t lose momentum; yellow for a sort of squat-thrust thing.
Whichever you choose, rest in peace The Rock, as you are dead now. pic.twitter.com/cAytzrWMRW
— James Smythe (@jpsmythe) February 2, 2018
So I did some science.
Assuming that there is no “jump-off” (which seems to be optimal here)
We can determine that the Rock would need to leave the platform at 12.7 meters per second (appr. 28.4 mph)
For comparison, Usain Bolt’s fastest recorded speed is 27.4 mph. pic.twitter.com/GruWcbtEAN
— ✨New Year New Christian✨ (@ChristianBedwel) February 3, 2018
Others imagined how the scene would pan out. Clue: Not well.
Non-engineers tend to neglect wind effects, I put a blue line that clearly shows the updraft from the fire below which carries the Rock to safety. pic.twitter.com/3hiemMqDRq
— Galen Kehler (@GalenKehler) February 3, 2018
Others even put forward edits for the movie, which is slated for a summer release, that would likely ensure Johnson’s survival:
Is it possible that @TheRock has extra large lats and they act like a fixed-winged-flying-squirrel get-up that lets him glide between elevations?
— Jordan Anderson (@icywarm) February 4, 2018
The movie’s trailer offers no clues on whether Johnson makes the jump safely: