As a child, I grew up a fan of old school WWF wrestling. Watching these larger than life superstars create fantastic scenarios then battle it out in the ring to prove who was superior hooked me. I can still name a few, such as The Ultimate Warrior, Andre The Giant, Macho Man Randy Savage, and dare I mention the ever so fallen Hulk Hogan? Those legendary names meant more than wrestling.
Yet, each one of those men transitioned into film at some point in their careers. Over the decades there have been many wrestlers who have taken their shot at the big screen. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Goldberg, even the well known John Cena have all tried their hand at movies. But in the history of wresting, no one has pulled off what Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has.
Dwayne Johnson, who goes by his full name rather than his "The Rock" nickname for his acting career, has officially become one of the hardest-working actors in Hollywood. What started as a simple wresting career has transitioned over the years into Johnson being one of the most sought-after action stars on the planet.
Originally I was skeptical of The Rock's acting abilities, based on the fact that most wrestlers don't transition well to film (*cough* John Cena *cough*). But after watching Be Cool and The Rundown, I started to think otherwise. The 44-year-old actor has recently been tied to so many projects that it's mind-boggling.
The Rock has been confirmed or rumored to be starring in upcoming movie titles all over the board, such as The Wolfman, Jumanji, Big Trouble in Little China, Doc Savage, Shazam, even a remake of the classic video game Rampage, which only covers about one half of what The Rock is cooking.
His hard work hasn't gone unnoticed, The Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recently let on that Dwayne Johnson will be one of the chosen celebs to receive his very own star on Hollywood Blvd in 2017. For a guy whose acting career has really only taken off in the last decade, that's an impressive accomplishment.
What does all of this mean? Plan on seeing Dwayne Johnson churning out film after film over the next few years. But is that really a bad thing? I don't so, but what I know for sure is that he better have his act together come 2019 when DC's Shazam is set for release! The Rock promises he will deliver as the antihero Black Adam, and the DCEU will be ready for another major super powered showdown.