Dwayne Johnson says ‘Jumanji’ cast wanted to be ‘respectful of the work of Robin Williams’

The cast of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle want to honor the film’s original 1995 predecessor.

“We wanted to do something that was respectful of the work of Robin Williams as well as creating something fresh,” Dwayne Johnson said on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show. “Once we figured out the new take on it, we just did it. It was great fun.”

The new film follows a different story from Williams’ beloved classic, but exists in the same world. To film the movie, the cast traveled to Hawaii. But not everyone was pleased with the tropical location.

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The Rock at the 1999 Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles, CA 9/13/99 Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
370782 03: World Wrestling Federation's Wrestler Rock Poses June 12, 2000 In Los Angeles, Ca. (Photo By Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: World Wrestling Federation wrestler 'The Rock' arrives at the Democratic National Convention in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, 16 August, 2000. The convention is on its third day. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 2: House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) and The Rock, World Wrestling Federation Champion, call the delegation to their seats at the 2000 Republican National Convention at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA, 02 August, 2000. The Republican Party will confer its official blessing on GOP candidate George W. Bush's bid for the White House later 02 August, 2000. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read STEVE JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rock at MTV Video Music Awards 2000 held at Radio City Music Hall September 7, 2000 Photo byNick Elgar/ImageDirect
390026 24: Actor and professional wrestler 'The Rock' arrives at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards June 2, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1899 -- Pictured: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 23, 2000 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Sean P. Diddy Combs (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
395220 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock' performs a scene from 'The Mummy Returns.' The blockbuster movie was released on DVD and home video on October 2, 2001. (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Universal Studios via Getty Images)
403707 02: Professional wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson poses at the unveiling of his wax portrait at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum April 10, 2002 in New York City. The museum creates life-size, three-dimensional wax sculptures of celebrities and historical figures around the world. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Verne Troyer and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids Choice Awards - Backstage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
LONDON- APRIL 22 : Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at a photocall to promote his upcoming film 'The Scorpion King' at the Dorchester Hotel on April 22, 2002 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - Arrivals at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson & wife Dany during World Premiere of 'The Rundown' at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Action Hero of the Year, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on March 11, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
Johnny Knoxville and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Backstage and Audience at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Wolfson/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 5: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the Virgin Cola/MTV Movie Awards after party at the Fame @ XES Club on June 5, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives to the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The 14th annual award show will premiere on MTV Thursday, June 9 at 9:00PM (ET/PT). (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 13: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (L) and Serena Williams present the award for Best Male Athleteonstage at the 13th Annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 13, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during 36th Annual Comic-Con International - Day Four at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, host during 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards - Show at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock during Dwayne The Rock Johnson Appears Outside The Late Show with David Letterman - October 19, 2005 at Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, presenter during The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Show at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage for The Lippin Group)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Simone Alexander Johnson (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during Joel Madden, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Xzibit Visits MTV's 'TRL' - September 14, 2006 at MTV Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards - Press Conference at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on September 17, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3442 -- Pictured: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during an interview on September 24, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson poses in the press room during the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson -- Air Date 06/18/2008 -- Episode 3577 -- Pictured: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during an interview on June 18, 2008 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
CORAL GABLES, FL - DECEMBER 17: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson delivers the commencement speech at the University of Miami at Bank United Center on December 17, 2009 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
Actors Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson attend Spike TV's 4th Annual Guys Choice Awards held at Sony Studios on June 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards Arrivals at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the WrestleMania XXVII press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on March 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 03: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during WrestleMania XXVII at Georgia Dome on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 03: Actor/wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends 'WrestleMania 27' at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 04: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is sighted on the set of 'Pain And Gain' on April 4, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: Actor Dwayne Johnson, recipient of the Action Star of the Decade Award, arrives at a Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation event at Caesars Palace during the opening night of CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 23, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the WrestleMania 29 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on April 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 24: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends CinemaCon 2014 Off and Running: Opening Night Studio Presentation from Paramount Pictures at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon 2014 on March 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the Paramount Studios presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson speaks onstage during the 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/KCSports2014/Getty Images For Nickelodeon)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the Paramount Studios presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the Christmas in Washington 2014 Children's Hospital visit at Children's National Medical Center on December 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. 25248_003_0019.JPG (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 26: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'San Andreas' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson speaks onstage during 'The Next Intersection For Hollywood with William Morris Endeavor's Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson' at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Fast Company)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: 73rd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Simone Alexandra Johnson arrive to the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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“I didn’t like it at all. I particularly didn’t like the jungle,” Johnson’s co-star Kevin Hart said. “I am not an outdoors guy because there are too many spiders and centipedes.”

While Hart was struggling with the filming location, co-star Jack Black had to get into character as a 16-year-old girl in his body.

“I’ve had that character in my tool box for many years, but I never thought I would get to use it,” the comedian said. “It wasn’t based on anyone I know now, but probably all those girls I knew in the 1980s at high school.”

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is in theaters everywhere on Dec. 20.

ET spoke with Black about the new film earlier this year, and he talked about being compared to the original, saying, "I'm not going to claim to blow anything out of the water. That's Robin Williams. That's hallowed ground. One of the greats of all time."

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“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

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“Comedy is acting out optimism.”

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“You have this idea that you’d better keep working otherwise people will forget. And that was dangerous.”

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“See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.”

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“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone.”

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“We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.”

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“If I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you… I don’t see an intelligent, confident man… I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart.” (From Good Will Hunting)

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“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.”

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“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” (From August Rush)

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“We were romantics. We didn’t just read poetry. We let it drip from our tongues like honey. Spirits soared. Women swooned, and gods were created, gentlemen. Not a bad way to spend an evening, eh?” (From Dead Poet’s Society)

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“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” (From Dead Poet’s Society)

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“Okra is the closest thing to nylon I’ve ever eaten. It’s like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra, tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.”

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“All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home.” (From Patch Adams)

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“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I’ll guarantee you’ll win.” (From Patch Adams)

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“Do you think God gets stoned? I think so … look at the platypus.”

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“The Moon… It hangs like a testicle in the sky…”

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“I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.”

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“Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding’.”

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"What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong."

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“Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘your table is ready.’”

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