In 2011, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had reached a turning point. Unsatisfied with kid friendly releases like Tooth Fairy and Race To Witch Mountain, he knew that he desperately needed change in order to fulfill his aspirations of greatness.
“I was told that I had to conform to a standard in Hollywood that would beget me more work, better roles,” he explains. “Which meant I had to stop going to the gym, which meant I couldn’t be as big, which meant you had to distance yourself from wrestling. You essentially had to deconstruct yourself.”
When Johnson’s former agency CAA strongly cautioned him against going back into professional wrestling, he knew it was time to leave. The wrestling fan base built Johnson into a superstar. They were the one’s buying his merchandise and watching his movies. CAA was advising him to go against his base in favor of a Hollywood image that was going nowhere.
“I felt there were bigger and better opportunities,” he says. “I also felt there was franchise potential, hopefully multiple franchises in every genre — whether drama or comedy or action-comedy. I thought, ‘I want people around me who see this, too. And if we fail, that’s OK. We are going to fail swinging for the fences.’ “Continue Reading