Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is arguably the biggest movie star on the planet today. The Rock has starred in some of the most commercially-successful movies of all time, but Hollywood wasn’t always the smoothest ride for the Great One.
WWE President and Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan revealed The Rock faced some early bumps in his acting career. His first lead role came with 2002’s “The Scorpion King.” According to Khan, some people in Hollywood wanted The Rock to get rid of his muscles.
“I think he was given advice early on to, ‘Hey, get rid of the muscles. Don’t be a handsome leading man. Distance yourself from WWE.’ You saw the result was like the Tooth Fairy movie.
“He, to his credit, like Vince and like other people, has the unique ability to see things clearly. Instead of saying, ‘Hey, this Tooth Fairy thing was great! I made X number of millions of dollars on it!’ It was more, ‘This is not what I want this to be.’ It wasn’t authentic.”
Khan also said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was instrumental in shaping up Rock’s acting career that has seen him cross over into the WWE on multiple occasions. According to Khan, the WWE Chairman of the Board kind of course-corrected The Rock’s career.
“One of the people, Rock has shared with me and Vince has shared with me, Rock called was Vince. Rock called Vince and said, ‘Hey, this is not working the way I think it should be working. I think I want to reattach to WWE and I think I need to get a new agent.’ Vince helped him do that, and Rock was on his path that he’s on now.”
Rock and Nick Khan are childhood friends, as revealed by the The Rock himself. In the mid 1980’s, Nick Khan, his sister Nahnatchka Khan and The Rock used to run around as kids in Honolulu, Hawaii every month. His grandmother would promote her pro wrestling shows at their local arena.
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