Throughout the years, Dwayne â€œThe Rockâ€ Johnson has yelled out on many occasions for others to â€œknow their role!â€ And much to his credit, heâ€™s surely known his because if thereâ€™s anything any of us can attest to is heâ€™s become the star we all heard he set out to be. Knowing HIS role has led to some of his most memorable cinematic moments. Sure, it didnâ€™t start out that way because letâ€™s face itâ€¦when we reluctantly endured 2006â€™s THE TOOTH FAIRY or 2007â€™s THE GAME PLAN, I donâ€™t think any of us were too sure he knew HIS roles and/or where he was headed. It doesnâ€™t stop there; remember 2009â€™s RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, 2010’s FASTER or better yet…2007’s mildly obscure SOUTHLAND TALES? (Yea, I know, I had totally forgotten about those, too.) Whether he was paying Hollywood dues or not, it didnâ€™t really start out as if heâ€™d have a promising film career, but apparently he and his people knew what they were doing. While not the most memorable, he generated a NEW following â€“ proving he CAN sell tickets at the box office. Transitioning from ring to silver screen wasnâ€™t something that could be considered easy. Seriously, ask “Suburban Commando” if you ever come face-to-face with him. â€œThe Rockâ€ had a following, but it takes more than just a bunch of loud kids/women or beer-belly, wacko wrestling fans to secure box office mullah! Oh noâ€¦the idea from the start was to secure another kind of following. A following that would place smiles on a general, all-around public as well as generate money for others instead of Vince McMahonâ€¦
He did it and kudos to â€œThe Rockâ€ for proving a lot of non-believers wrong. Honestly, IT DOESNâ€™T MATTER if he stars or costarsâ€¦ The power he generated globally raised eye-brows and so started the offers into franchises that were dying out. FAST & FURIOUS as well as G.I. JOE were franchises that where going through the motions. There was an established following, but I dare any of the studios or fans of these franchises to say that bringing in Dwayne â€œThe Rockâ€ Johnson didnâ€™t push these films to higher levels. (Iâ€™ll waitâ€¦ Yeah, thatâ€™s what I thought!) Anyway, with solid turnouts at advance screenings and ticket sales, Dwayne (and I use that name very loosely) has solidified himself as one of todayâ€™s biggest, badass Hollywood stars.
That said, in anticipation to this weekâ€™s release of HERCULES, Iâ€™d like to share some of the best roles heâ€™s played.
One of my personal favorites is â€œDoyleâ€ from PAIN & GAIN. Whatâ€™s yours?
The Rock, WWF/WWE Champion – WWE (90s-00s)
Mathayus – THE SCORPION KING (2002)
Beck – THE RUNDOWN (2003)
John Matthews – SNITCH (2013)
Paul Doyle – PAIN & GAIN (2013)
Roadblock – G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (2013)
Hobbs – FAST FIVE (2011)
Hercules – HERCULES (2014)