Friday, April 28, 2017

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Talks Humble Beginnings

Dwayne Johnson recently sat down for an interview, where he reflected on his path to stardom. Here are some highlights from the interview, published by Page Six:

On forging his own career path:
“I couldn’t say, ‘Oh, let me just follow the half-black and half-Samoan actor who was also a wrestler. Let me follow his path.’ That wasn’t an option, that wasn’t there. So I was forced to create my own. I have an ideology that I always like to share with the inner group, and with some people on the outside, and I’ll share it with you: I don’t just want to play the game. I want to change the way the game is played.”

On being motivated by getting evicted at age 14:
“I love being able to create big movies or TV shows that entertain people, that make them happy. I know what it’s like to earn a dollar. I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck and wonder how you’re going to pay the rent. I know what it’s like to be evicted. Money doesn’t fall out of the sky. So if you’re going to pay for your ticket, that inspires me to want to make a great movie. I always say to everyone, ‘Hey, around the corner we’re getting evicted. Get to work!’ I drive everyone crazy with that.”

On how he measures a movie's success:
“I always say, I have one boss. Not the movie studios … The audience. The people. They’ll dictate if there’s another one. I think [Baywatch has] a good shot...You know that cool feeling that you feel when you walk out of the theater thinking, ‘That was the greatest movie!’ And you’re kind of floating and talking about it in the car? I like that kind of thing.”

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