Schwarzenegger recounts his experience with Simpson in a “Empire“magazine profile, which tells how the producer showed him the script while being “written off” and “completely stoned”. This is clearly not the final draft based on what Schwarzenegger had to. talked about it, and Simpson seemed hesitant to even let him read the entire script, possibly because it was unfinished:
“He had 85 pages with him and there were handwritten notes on them by Jerry Bruckheimer. He said, ‘Here, look at this script. But don’t read it! It’s just, here’s the premise… “He’s been all over the place. I said, “Look, Don. I can’t commit based on what you’re showing me here. You won’t even let me read the script! Why don’t you bake it a little more, grow it a little more and then we’ll talk again. ‘ He was very upset. He just went out and then went to Nicolas Cage. “
The curious part about this plan is that, for all the macho attitude Bay instills in “The Rock,” Cage’s portrayal of FBI scientist Dr. Stanley Goodspeed stands in contrast to the rest of the series. movies about both comedy and suspense effects. This is especially true of his relationship with his on-screen mate Sean Connery, who plays maximum security prisoner and escape master John Mason. Schwarzenegger is arguably an action star too convincing to do so convincingly (case in point: his portrayal of “ordinary father” in “Jingle All the Way”), because so switching to Cage is probably the right move, even if Cage himself thinks the character isn’t masculine enough. Ironically, there’s a case to be made that Nic Cage’s next roles as genuine action heroes would be better for Arnold, but that’s a debate for another time.
https://www.slashfilm.com/942988/a-half-baked-script-wasnt-enough-to-sell-arnold-schwarzenegger-on-the-rock/ A half-baked script wasn’t enough to sell Arnold Schwarzenegger on The Rock