Poverty Past Turns “Scorpion King” The Rock Into a Superstar


The Rock, the star of the movie “Too Fast, Too Dangerous”, is one of the richest and most successful actors in America today. “Scorpion King” Dwayne Johnson (stage name The Rock) ranked second in the Top highest-paid actors in 2021 with an income of $ 50 million for his role in the movie Red One.

In 2020, The Rock’s position is number one. The veteran actor and former wrestler are one of the world’s top movie icons.

During his 20-year career, The Rock has risen to the Top of A-list stars in Hollywood. It is estimated that the muscular actor has earned nearly $ 400 million over the years and The Rock is still quite modest about it. He told Vanity Fair that: “That was never my goal. My goal was just: I don’t want to go bankrupt and I don’t want my family to go bankrupt anymore.”

Few people know that, before becoming rich and famous as they are now, The Rock’s life is full of loss, and tragedy and can make him fall, but that past is the driving force that makes The Rock become so famous. stronger and more determined than ever.

The Rock was born into a family with a wrestler father. His father is Rocky Johnson, one of the big names in the wrestling scene in the 70s – 80s but that does not mean that The Rock family is rich. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

The Rock told The Sydney Morning Herald that, by the age of 13, he had lived in 13 different US states. There was a time, in just nine months, he lived in three different cities and according to what The Rock shared, that shaped the person he grew up with. “Moving a lot meant that I, the only child in the family, had to make friends quickly. I don’t know anything else and it was difficult but looking back, it was the first step for me to learn to connect. with people”.

According to The Rock, his father moves a lot and he is a strong, tough, tough man. When The Rock entered his teens, he suffered from poverty and things got worse and worse.

The Rock has two men that he loves and admires very much, one is his grandfather, Peter Maivia. Mr. Peter died of cancer when The Rock was only 10 years old and he was devastated. The actor said that while his father was always away from home, his grandfather became his ideal father model and because of that, his grandfather’s death caused The Rock to grieve for a long time. Decades later, The Rock continues to honor his grandfather by getting traditional tattoos and also by posing for his character Moana (from the 2016 animated film of the same name).

The Rock’s grandfather wasn’t the only close person he’d lost. The Rock is also close to Andre the Giant, whom he calls “the 8th wonder of the world”. The Rock shared: “Andre is a hero to me. He also loves me and always considers me as his own son.” Regrettably, Andre the Giant died in 1993, at the age of 46, and The Rock was at the age of 21. The famous actor still regularly shares memories of Andre the Giant on social networks.

Dwayne Johnson with the Stage Name The Rock (Image: Getty Images).

The Rock has a perfect body with a height of 1.96 m and a weight of 100 kg. He used to be a professional wrestler before becoming a famous movie actor. The athlete’s body has become the trademark of The Rock and the actor said that his hard training to have a strong and muscular body like the present does not originate from any frivolous reason.

The famous actor said it all started because he once felt completely helpless after he and his family fell into homelessness. The Rock started practicing at the age of 14. His family had been evicted from their apartment in Hawaii, USA, and there was nothing he could do to stop it. The actor considers his father an inspiration to practice with the wish that his family never have to go through such bad things.

The Rock said: “I really hate feeling helpless and never want that to happen again. So I practiced hard in the hope that one day my family would never have to worry about it. worry about getting kicked out of the house anymore.” Even in the present, the actor still has a fear that one day, everything he has now will disappear.

Dwayne Johnson in a movie (Image: Baywatch).
Dwayne Johnson in a movie (Image: Baywatch).

The Rock admitted in an interview that he used to suffer from depression and the illness stemmed from him and his family being evicted from their apartment. “I was in a situation where I didn’t want to do anything or go anywhere. I cried constantly,” The Rock confided. At the same time, the actor had to witness his mother’s failed suicide and for him, it was the worst time of his life.

The Rock says that time has helped him connect more with people. The actor once contacted some fans who were in a similar situation and helped them. The Rock said: “I care about people who are in similar situations. I want to help them get through it and remind them that they are not alone.”

The muscular actor attended the University of Miami, the USA after graduating from high school. The Rock won a full scholarship to football. Things were starting to take off, all his hard work seemed to be paying off when the actor suffered a serious shoulder injury that forced him to drop out of school in his freshman year. He briefly dropped out before going back to school to try one more time.

The Rock used to play for the Calgary Stampeders club in Canada with an annual salary of $ 35,000. He lives in a two-bedroom apartment with three teammates, eats noodles every day, and his bed is just a mattress he picked up outside a sleazy motel. After that, he was also kicked out of the club and had to return to Florida, USA. When he returned to the US, The Rock even had to call his father to ask him to come to pick him up because he could not afford a taxi home. Having failed in a rugby career, The Rock continued to fall into a state of boredom and disappointment. “I was very miserable and depressed because I had nothing,” admitted The Rock.

The Rock in his youth (right photo) and now (Image: Instagram).

After careful consideration, The Rock decided to become a wrestler like his father and the famous star said, “When I told my dad I wanted to be a wrestler, we had a big argument. I understand what he’s saying and I don’t have any good reason to think I’m suitable for the sport. flea markets and used car dealership parking lots. I try to make a name for myself and participate in big shows.”

From playing rugby to wrestling and doing stunts in movies, The Rock’s road has always been physically strenuous and he’s had some horrifying injuries. In an interview, the actor said he had suffered a severe shoulder injury that resulted in his arm and shoulder being completely separated and he had to undergo surgery. The Rock has also undergone five knee surgeries and torn a tendon. In addition, the actor also suffered a tear in the connection between the thigh muscle and the pelvis, an injury in the groin muscle, etc.

In 2020, The Rock had to say goodbye to his father. His father died at the age of 75 after a heart attack. The Rock later said that he was sorry he couldn’t be with him and said goodbye to his father. “Hold your loved ones as much as you can while you still can,” The Rock wrote to fans.

Contrary to the dusty and “fierce” image in the movies, The Rock in real life is a well-mannered family man, a devoted father of three daughters. The 50-year-old actor affirmed that he is a gentle person and he always takes care of his family members. In addition, the famous actor is also a very friendly person who loves fans. The Rock said: “Be nice to people and make them feel good. People will always remember how you made them feel.”

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