When Dwayne Johnson first started out as a WWE wrestler, who knew he'd turn out to be such a fine actor? That said, here are some interesting tidbits about The Rock!
'The Rock' is many things. He is considered to be one of the most hard-working guys in Hollywood. Now that coupled with his good looks is a lethal combo (in a good way, of course.) He also clinched an award for being the most attractive man alive and has brought two movie franchises back to life. Even a few years ago, it seemed like the Fast and Furious franchise might not go on for so long, let alone earn in billions. The Rock is one of those actors who has reshaped the entire Hollywood map and a number of people have said that when you talk to him, you will feel that he has known you your whole life. Want to know more about him? Read on below to know some lesser-known facts about The Rock.
When he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2000, it definitely boosted his career and was one of the biggest reasons as of the celebrity he is today. Back then, he was known for being a WWF wrestler, but he still had to prove himself in the field of entertainment. But, his debut at SNL was successful and he was asked back to host multiple times.
Even though he was just 16, he looked pretty grown-up for his age. He was already a stunning 6’4 and weighed 215 pounds. His high school was circulated already a stunning 6’4 and weighed 215 pounds. He tweeted, saying, "I attended multiple high schools in 4 years. Hawaii, Nashville, and Pennsylvania. Everyone thought I was an undercover cop. True story.”
When The Rock was in college, not only he was tearing up the football field, he was also pretty popular amongst the ladies. It was at the University, he met Dany Garcia, a girl who he would then date for years before finally getting married to her. Later down the line, they eventually divorced but they still remain good friends and have a 16-year-old daughter named Simone.
Even though he himself has had a few brushed with the law when he was young, The Rock actually holds a degree in Criminology. He earned his degree the same time he was playing for his college football team. He graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of General Studies in criminology and physiology in 1995.
Back in 2001, when 'The Rock' he did a cameo in 'The Mummy Returns' and it was his first big role. In fact, his performance was so good that he landed a starring role for the 2002 Mummy prequel spin-off The Scorpion King, where he earned 5.5 million dollars.
Now he has achieved superstardom, but he never had it easy. When he was 14, his entire family was evicted from their apartment and he was involved in some crime in order to make fast cash and got involved in a theft ring that targeted high-end tourist spots. After he saw his mother hurting so much and being evicted off their apartment and it resulted in a formative experience for him. He then began to build his body and his years of hard work and determination paid off and now he is the man we know.
The Johnson Family has wrestling in their blood and not many people know that his father Rocky “Soulman” Johnson is the original Rock. Rock's grandfather, Peter Maivia was an NWA Hawaii Heavyweight champ and made history with his partner Tony Atlas in 1983, only to become the first African-American pair to win the World Tag-Team Championship. But, he was actually inspired by his father and was introduced to wrestling when he was just 10 years old.
In order to maintain the kind of physique he has now, he has to consume a ten-pound mountain of food every day. Every day, he has to eat seven meals and it consists of broccoli, eggs, fish, potatoes, rice, and an assortment of other vegetables. His favorite is Codfish and he consumes 821 pounds of it per year. But, this unique diet is not only for fuelling his strict workout regimen, but it also aids him in movie shoots press tours, and whatever else he must go through. He averages around 5000 calories per day and that is almost double what the average man consumes per day.
When he was 23, he went through a pretty dark period when he was cut out from the Canadian Football League team. Because of that, he spiraled into depression and refused to leave his parents apartment. While talking in an episode of Oprah’s Master Class, he said, "I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, ‘hey, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay. You’ve just gotta remember to hold onto that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith, and on the other side of your pain is something good.'” Later, he was asked if he would rejoin, but he turned the offer down because he had a feeling that much better things were waiting for him.
In 2007, the Mariam Webster dictionary was 'smackdown'. And that was the word was introduced by The Rock in 1997. But, he says that the word was coined by him out of necessity. He realized that when he is smacking an opponent to the ground, it does not fully reveal the severity of the blow and even when he says he is taking them down, it does not seem like he is kicking his butt enough. But, if you combine both the phrases together, it comes up to the word 'smackdown' and it completely covers it.
While he is the most electrifying man in sports entertainment or the highest-paid actor in the world, he also holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most selfies taken within a period of 3 minutes. He took a whopping 105 selfies with excited fans at the red carpet premiere of San Andreas. However, though several selfies were disqualified because they were blurry and weren’t fully viewable from the neck upward.