The premiere of the earthquake disaster flick – which details the destruction of San Francisco – comes just a month after the real-life devastation stemming from the 7.8-magnitude quake that rocked Nepal on April 25.
During a press conference for the film in Los Angeles on Saturday, Johnson spoke of the impact the Nepalese disaster had on the cast and crew of San Andreas.
"I think that we made the movie knowing and understanding the content of it and what we were making," Johnson acknowledged. "The world we live in and the life we have today, these things happen. It’s so unfortunate, incredibly unfortunate. Prayers and thoughts continue to go out to everybody in Nepal and everybody who was affected by that."
He added, "The truth is, you go into a project like this with everything you've got, your heart and your soul, and you just want to make a good movie."
If there's a silver lining to be found in disaster, Johnson says it would be "the ideology of family and strength coming together through a tragedy," which he asserts is a strong theme throughout the movie.