“IF YOU SMELL, WHAT THE ROCK, IS COOKING…..”
Yeah, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just keeps on giving better and better treatment to our eyes. The pro-wrestler-turned-action film star has had quite the career. And the 45-year-old isn’t even close to finished either. Scoring bigger and badass roles every year for action films, even up for superhero films, it seems like Johnson’s career is just beginning to blossom, even though he already has a successful career than most other stars.
His stardom never came overnight. He had to work hard for it. From having only $7 in his pocket to being the most “Electrifying” man in sports entertainment, and even still to this day The Rock is working harder than most of us by keeping up with his Heavyweight physique as well as playing different roles in films. The producer, actor and professional wrestler always has a smile on his face and does an abundance of charity work.
He impacted the lives of “The millions and millions” of Rock fans worldwide. Now as we gear up to watch his latest released film, Baywatch in theaters, here are 7 amazing things you probably didn’t know about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that will make you love him even more!
1. He’s One of the Youngest WWE Champ
Back in 1998, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson won his first WWF Championship title when he was only 26 years old. And before the age of 30, he went on to win 6 WWF championships. He also formed the most improbable but entertaining tag team in WWE history, “The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection” with the legend, Mick Foley.
2. His Fast & Furious Character was created after a Fan Suggestion
Originally, Luke Hobbs’s role in the Fast & Furious franchise was written for Tommy Lee Jones and it was supposed to be an entirely different character. But, Vin Diesel saw a fan’s comment on Facebook suggesting that Diesel and Johnson should share some screen time together, which led to a new idea. Diesel was able to convince director Justin Lin to cast Johnson, and a new character was created. And Dwayne Johnson didn’t disappoint.
Therefore, kudos to that fan’s brilliant suggestion!
3. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records
The Rock was paid $5.5 million for starring in his first feature film, “The Scorpion King”, which is a world record for any actor in his first leading role. Though the movie received average ratings from top critics, it prompted The Rock into the Hollywood spotlight. But this isn’t the only time The Rock got his name in the book of records. He also made a new Guinness World Record while at the premiere of his disaster-action film, San Andreas, when he took 105 selfies in three minutes.
It was listed as the most selfies taken in record time!
4. His Catchphrase was added to the Dictionary
WWE’s Thursday night Smackdown debuted in April 1999 and later became part of the WWE’s brand extension after the company took over its primary rivals WCW and ECW. Smackdown! was long proclaimed by The Rock as “His Show” as it used part of his catchphrase. In 2007, Merriam-Webster added The Rock’s famous word “Smackdown” to it’s heralded database of words.
5. He has a ton of Family Ties to Wrestling
The Rock was the first 3rd gen wrestler in the WWF. Both his father, Rocky Johnson and his maternal grandfather, Peter Maivia were professional wrestlers, and quite successful at that. Johnson’s maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia is one of the wrestling’s very few female promoters. He also has some cousins in this line.
6.“The Rock Says” was a New York Times Best Seller
During the peak of his WWE fame, The Rock published his first book, an autobiography called “The Rock Says“, which contained his family’s wrestling legacy, as well as his struggle and rise in professional wrestling. It was a hit and spend many weeks as #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
7. The heart is the Strongest Muscle in his Body
While The Rock gave every opponent a verbal smackdown prior to fighting them in the ring, outside the ring, he is actually one of the humble persons to walk in Hollywood. In 2000, The Rock donated $2 million to the University of Miami, for the “Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center”. In 2006, The Rock founded the “Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation”, which currently works with at-risk and terminally ill children. He also turned down the offer of Dunkin Donuts of having a donut named after him as he thought it would make him appear big.
So these were the 7 little-known facts about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Cleary he portrays an amazing role both on screen and off screen. With his next movie “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle“, a reboot of Joe Johnston‘s 1995s fantasy-thriller movie right around the corner, we surely can’t wait for another substantial performance from the most electrifying man in sports entertainment. Stay tuned with Tajwarah for more updates on your favorites celebrities, movies and TV shows.