Among the highest paid actors of Hollywood, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is a self-made celebrity and the only one of its kind. Soon after his Hollywood debut in 'The Mummy Returns', the 46-years-old actor has never looked back. Without a 'big daddy' or a financial back-up, Dwayne started his journey in Hollywood.
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But as many of his fans already know, this was not what young Dwayne thought for himself. Hailing from Canada, Dwayne spent the better part of his life chasing the ball but eventually he ended up in the wrestling ring but how? Well, his journey is yet very little known by most of the world.
Let us have a peek inside the career of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson:
Growing up was not the brightest part of Dwayne's life like that of an average kid. His parents traveled a lot due to which Dwayne had to face a lot of trouble in his early days. Being the 'new kid' in every school, Dwayne was targeted by bullies and was bullied a lot which encouraged him to train hard and becoming strong. His parents were not rich and they were barely able to make the ends meet.
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Dwayne went to the University of Miami for pursuing his graduation degree where he received a full scholarship for playing football. Soon after his graduation, he moved to his father's native place Canada. There he played for the Calgary Stampeders for two months before being cut from the roster. But there was more to his life than just the playground
In the ring
And one day, Dwayne's agent called him to tell that there was another opportunity waiting for him; wrestling. Dwayne was invited to join the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the year 1996 where he was named as 'The Rock'. Dwayne recalled that day by saying: "I was lost, I didn't know where I was going to go, what was going to come next because I couldn't see a future. I wasn't going to get back on my feet feeling sorry for myself, I had to pick myself up and keep going and fighting and grasp and claw and scratch at every opportunity that came my way."
Before starting his Hollywood career, Dwayne met a ton of media representatives for knowing the industry in and out. He made sure that no stones are left unturned before he shows up on the big-screen. Soon, he got an opportunity to star opposite Brendan Fraser in 2001's 'The Mummy Returns'. Dwayne's roll was appreciated so much that he was casted as the lead in the next installment of 'The Mummy' franchise, 'The Scorpion King'.
Dwayne and Diesel
Soon after featuring in 'The Mummy' franchise, Dwayne instantly became a superstar and signed many movies including The Other Guy, The Game Plan, Snitch and the Fast & Furious series. After working in the Fast & Furious series, there were rumors of a stiff between actor Vin Diesel and Dwayne which were discarded later on. Talking about it, Dwayne mentioned: "I was very clear with what I said. I've been in the game a long time. Would Universal [Pictures] have preferred that didn't happen? Sure, we talked about it. The irony is after that and as they do their tracking and all their analysis, the interest shot through the roof to a whole other level."
Humble Giant Superstar 'The Rock'
"All's well if it ends well", they say. And it cannot end in a better way for Dwayne Johnson. Rock is a celebrated Hollywood actor with many movies in his kitty and yet he is also the most humble human being in the industry. Guinness World Record has given him an award for taking the maximum number of selfies with fans at the premiere of his film, 'San Andreas'.
Isn't his journey inspirational? On a related note, there are rumors that Scorpion King star is interested in making a comeback in the 35th WrestleMania. Stay tuned for more updates related to your favorite celebrity.