After 20 years in Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson is a household name today, but it wasn’t always like that. The wrestler-turned-actor revealed he was told to be more like movie stars George Clooney and Will Smith when he first switched to acting. Prior to his movie stardom, Johnson had a prolific career as a professional wrestler that earned him his most famous nickname to date, “The Rock”.
Two decades later, Johnson spoke openly about how he advised portraying a different image of yourself in order to succeed in the film industry — something he vehemently opposed. In a moment of reflection, the jumanji star took to Instagram to share a video of a mosaic of all his films, created for him by a hotel where he was having a meeting.
He said: “I’ve never seen my films laid out like this and it was a reminder for me to thank you guys around the world, you guys and your families, thank you for the love, the support, the trust that I was able to do as I did First came to Hollywood 20 years ago, I worked my ass off to come here and they said to me, ‘Look, you can’t call yourself The Rock, don’t go to the gym, don’t talk about pro wrestling . Be like George Clooney, be like Will Smith.” And I said, ‘No, I’m not going to be like those guys, I have to be myself, and if I fail my Hollywood career, at least I fail to know ‘that I am me.’ Now years later I see that [mosaic] all because of you, thank you and I love you. Thank you very much.”
Little did Johnson know at the time that his decision to remain authentic would be a driving force in his worldwide triumph as an actor. That Red notice Star landed his first starring role in the 2002 action film the scorpion king, a split from The Mummy Franchise. Over the next 20 years he made his presence inescapably and undeniably memorable, producing well over 50 films. His extensive list of screen appearances includes starring roles in Jumanji: Welcome to the jungleDisney’s Moianaaction thriller san andreas, and the widely revered Fast and Furious Saga. Johnson has carved an unwavering path through the action, comedy and thriller genres.
But in a true showcase of his versatility, the California-born star will now star in one of his biggest roles yet as an emotionally complex anti-hero Black Adam, in the upcoming DC Comics epic. The character, clearly known for her deep-rooted anger and ruthlessness, never came to life on screen. With high expectations for the film’s release, Johnson could be well on his way to carving out a superhero legacy for himself.
Watch Johnson’s video below:
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