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Hollywood has repeatedly given acting opportunities to professional fighters who want to "change the wind" to be screen heroes, like John Cena, Dave Bautista, Kevin Nash ... But perhaps, only wrestlers have ever won 17 championships. The Rock is making a big difference.
In 2016, Dwayne Johnson - a crossbender surpassed many famous faces to become the highest paid actor in the world with 64.5 million USD. In 2017, he dropped to second place on the list with $ 65 million (inferior to the leader is Mark Wahlberg $ 3 million). Also in this year, two of the three films that Dwayne Johnson participated in achieved huge sales: The Fate of the Furious swept with $ 1.163 billion and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle quietly "pocketed" 944.4 million dollars.
Director Brad Peyton (who has collaborated with Dwayne on 3 films Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas and Rampage) has called this giant 1m96 tall as "the biggest movie star in the world". And perhaps, this compliment is not too flattering.
The secret to creating success
At the age of 45, Dwayne Johnson is one of the best money-making stars in the world for both him and the studio. The total income the former wrestler earned from acting is estimated at $ 220 million. Dwayne's total of 27 released films grossed about $ 9 billion (according to data from Boxoffice Mojo).
More importantly, Dwayne Jonhson's image and name have become popular with the mass audience. When asked by Vanity Fair about the secret to success in both careers and actors, Dwayne sincerely revealed, "Work hard and be grateful to others. ego is too big. When you achieve success, never be complacent. In the end, never doubt yourself. "
Giants with sentimental soul
Looking back, the path the former champion took was not a rug full of roses. Dawyne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, and is the third generation in a family of traditional wrestlers. His father was the first African American champion, and his grandfather - a chief was the first Samoan to play the game.
But from the beginning, Dwayne Johnson did not choose the path like father and grandfather. He enjoys playing rugby, having received a full scholarship from the University of Miami to pursue a career as a player. The dream shattered because of an evil trauma. And Dwayne returned to the wrestler, which had always been in flesh and blood.
No formal acting training, but raising the ambition to become a Will Smith (more childlike version), Dwayne Johnson often chose action-heavy, entertaining scripts.
He himself once shared, "I don't like the film that ends in sadness. Life has brought a lot of horrible things - I don't want it to appear in my film. When credits appear, I want to feel contented." vow ".
Growing up in a wrestling family is not easy. Dwayne described his father as an extremely fastidious person. The fact that dad often competes makes the family of three move a lot. Dwayne lived in 5 different states during kindergarten, going to high school at 13.
In 12, his father switched from dueling with rivals to quarreling with his mother. Unemployed father, his family in poverty, Dwayne began to steal and be arrested. He fought more, becoming an angry man when he could not control his emotions.
Parents divorced. At the age of 15, Dwayne Johnson had to witness his mother trying to commit suicide by wandering off the freeway after they were evicted from their apartment. Dwayne's worries about her mother, her injuries, and her breakup made her face psychological problems for years. But instead of giving up, he chose to fight and heal his own wounds for himself and for his mother.
We often sarcasm the big, rough animals with the analogy: "Stupid mind, developed limbs". But for Dwayne Johnson, this is not true at all.
Beautiful figure, bright smile, cool face, cinematic atmosphere and especially the smart choices are what help the former legendary wrestler to become a real movie star.