MUST SEE! Hollywood Actor Dwayne Johnson Reveals Why He Left Wrestling For Acting
March. 26, 2020
These days, it almost seems like Dwayne Johnson’s WWE wrestling career happened in another life.
From his roles in the Jumanji and Fast and the Furious franchises, to his upcoming debut into the DCEU with Black Adam, he’s made a career for himself that transcends his title of “The Rock” he received when he first entered the ring. Now the actor is reflecting back on how he got here.
Dwayne Johnson has been answering fan questions about how he came to work in Hollywood. When asked if he was nervous about breaking into the movie industry, The Rock said he certainly was. Before hitting 30, he looked around at his career and he felt like he’d accomplished everything he set out to do in the world of professional wrestling. However, he noticed what he really loved about his high-profile job was entertaining and connecting with people in an intimate way. He decided to set his sights high on acting. In Johnson's words:
‘… Even though I wrestled for 20-50,000 people, I wanted it to feel intimate and the connection to feel real. So, I found my power space in professional wrestling and when I had a goal to transition into acting, I knew then as I was transitioning when I was 29 making The Scorpion King, I knew then that in order for me to be a good actor and to have a career that had real longevity, and not just in it for 2-3 years, become this hot new actor, make a couple of action movies, maybe a comedy or two and then disappear, I didn’t want that.’
Dwayne Johnson didn’t just want to be any actor, he wanted to create a long-lasting career for himself. He realized that his WWE career wouldn’t make it any easier to transition into Hollywood. He’d never seen a guy like him make it in the kind of big-budget films he regularly stars in today, but he still had a specific vision for where he wanted to journey to take him. Johnson continued to his Instagram followers with this:
‘I wanted to have a real, long-lasting career that had weight and had value. And I wanted to become a real box office presence. I wanted to have a real box office cache. And I wanted to be the #1 man in the world of Hollywood in terms of box office draw. That was my goal at 29-years-old and I was prepared to work my a*s off but I also knew, I gave myself a 10-12 year plan, but life is so unpredictable. I was really nervous because I also knew historically it didn’t matter. Whoever was successful in another arena, just because you were a successful professional wrestler did not mean, in any uncertain terms, that you were gonna become a box office draw or a legitimate movie star. There were no guarantees.’
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