Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is now officially the highest paid actor in the world. Take a second to fully comprehend that. This isn’t because film executives are scared of his 24-inch pythons – a number that seems to be multiplying at an alarming rate.
It’s because, despite the many reasons his films shouldn’t work, they do and they’re massive multimillion dollar hits. San Andreas alone fell just shy of making half a billion at the box office. If step three is profit, step one is definitely hire The Rock to act in your movie.
For the curious, here are a few reasons why audiences love him so.
He’s overcome adversity in the squared circle
In 1996 sweet baby Dwayne debuted in the world of professional wrestling as the smile bearing Rocky Maivia. He was meant to be a fan favorite but the crowd had a different idea, frequently chanting “Die, Rocky, Die”. Little did they know what gifts they were given.
World Wrestling Federation (WWF) creatives threw up their hands and told him to simply be himself. He re-branded himself as the smack-talking, elbow-dropping, jabroni-beating, pie-eating, eyebrow-raising, people’s champ The Rock. Spawning a thousand T-shirt designs in his wake. It was quickly very apparent that The Great One was destined for more than Monday Night Raw. Read more