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FASCINATINING FACTS: 20 Rare Images And Facts About Dwayne Johnson AKA ‘The Rock’

Be it the stage of WWE or the celluloid stage, “The Rock” has successfully owned every stage that he has ever set foot on. His is an inspiring story of rags to riches, a man who started out with $7 and is now a brand name. Facts about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson serves as a source of inspiration for many. Here are 20 rare pics and facts about Dwayne Johnson, the man who worked his butt off to attain the pinnacle of success.

1. Dwayne Johnson comes from the Anoaʻi family, a Samoan family that includes over 16 professional wrestlers.

The Anoaí family originated from American Samoa. Reverend Amituana’i Anoa’i and Peter Maivia were blood brothers, thus, the Anoa’i family regard Maivia line as the extension of their own clan. Peter married Ofelia “Lia” Fuataga who already had a daughter from a previous marriage. This daughter, Ata was adopted by Peter. Ata married Rocky Johnson, a wrestler and they became the parents of Dwayne Johnson.(source)

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hasn’t eaten candy since 1989.

In order to maintain his ‘wowzzie’ physique, Johnson consumes more than 5000 calories per day. As Candy is not healthy, Johnson has abstained from eating them since 1989.(source)

3. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first WWF persona was Rocky Maivia, a face (good guy). The audience rejected him due to his cheesy character, with chants of “Die, Rocky, die!”. After this, he became a heel (villain), referring to himself in the third person as “The Rock” and insulting the audience.

Dwayne Johnson debuted in the Survivor series as Rocky Maivia (combination of his father and grandfather’s ring names), as a good guy. He was portrayed as the clean cut baby-faced do-gooder,however, audience soon got tired of this one-dimensional character and began to chant “Die, Rocky, Die.” After returning from injury, Dwayne Johnson was allowed to become a heel (villain), Johnson was at his vitriolic best in this new edition as he vented out all his suppressed anger at his audience. The new avatar was loved by the audience and The Rock never looked back.(source)

4. Dwayne Johnson was Tim Burton’s second choice for Willy Wonka in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

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Charlie and the Chocolate factory is a 2005 musical fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. The movie based on Roald Dahl’s famous book of the same name was distributed by Warner Bros. Johnny Depp was the only actor Tim wanted as his ‘Willy Wonka.’ Dwayne Johnson was the second choice, in case, Depp was unavailable for the movie.(source)

5. In 2015, Dwayne Johnson became an ordained minister in order to surprise a superfan by officiating at his wedding.

Dwayne Johnson surprised his ardent fan, Nick Mundy (of Screen Junkies)  by officiating at his wedding to his fiancee Dilara Karabas. He was officially ordained for this special purpose.(source)

6. Dwayne Johnson leading role in ‘The Scorpion King’ saw his entry into Guinness World Records for getting highest pay for first time leading actor.($5.5 million).

The scorpion King, a prequel to the Mummy Returns was The Rock’s first leading role. It was released in 2002. He received  5.5 million USD – a world record for an actor in his first starring role. The Guinness Book of World Records dutifully listed this feat in their 2007 edition.(source)

7. Dwayne Johnson was expected to play Johnny Bravo in a proposed live-action movie based on the character.

Warner Brothers Pictures purportedly wanted to cast Dwayne in their live-action Johnny Bravo film in 2002. They wanted this feature film to be the launch vehicle of the WWE legend, however, nothing came out it.(source)

8. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson eats 821lbs of Cod per year.

 
Johnson consumes an amazing amount of animal protein to maintain his bulk. His seven meals a day plan includes an astonishing 2.3 pounds of cod every day. Johnson gets 1000 calories a day in Cod alone.(source)

9. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the first person to announce the death of Osama bin laden (even before the president of the USA made the announcement) via Twitter.

Dwayne was the first person along with a Navy Reserve Intel officer to separately and simultaneously tweet the news of Osama’s death. He tweeted,“Just got word that will shock the world — Land of the free … home of the brave DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!”(source 1,2)

10. When Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was in the Canadian Football League, he was living “in a shoddy apartment that even a rat would run from” with 4 roommates and slept on “dumpster soiled mattresses” discarded by local motels.

Overlooked by NFL, Dwayne Johnson was picked up by Calgary Stampeders of Canadian football league. His cup of misery begun to overflow when he was relegated to the practice squad. With money running low, Johnson was forced to share his lodgings with four other roommates in a dilapidated and wasted apartment. They could not afford to buy even the basic necessity’s and slept on the mattresses retrieved from the dumpsters.(source)

11. He was in Star Trek: Voyager. After his success on Saturday Night Live, The Rock has a guest role on Star Trek where he played an alien wrestler. The episode is called ‘Tsunkatse’ in case you want to watch it.

Dwayne Johnson appeared as the alien Pendari wrestler in the Star Trek episode, “Tsunkatse.” He performed his own stunts and used his signature move,”rock bottom” whilst shooting the fight scenes against Ryan’s seven of nine.(source)

12. Dwayne Johnson donated $1,500 to save ‘Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ‘, an abandoned puppy’s life.

A four-month-old puppy was found abandoned by North Central Animal Shelter in Los Angeles. Someone had cruelly wrapped a large metal wire around its mouth necessitating 17 stitches.  Along with the deep gash, the vet discovered that the pup had a  dangerous murmur in the heart that needed a complete cardio exam. Once Actress Michelle Trachtenberg alerted Dwayne Johnson about the puppy, Johnson promptly sent a $1,500 cheque to the animal shelter thus, saving the little dog.(source)

13. Johnson’s autobiography The Rock Says…, co-written with Joe Layden published in 2000, debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Johnson’s  action-packed memoir ‘The Rock Says….” spent 20 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list. The book sold 720,000 in hardcover.(source)

14. The Rock’s Famous eyebrow lift is copied from Hollywood Legend Groucho Marx.

The quirky raised eyebrows that have become the signature move of Johnson is actually copied from the legendary Groucho Marx. (source)

15. Luke Hobbs, the Fast & Furious character portrayed by Dwayne was created after a fan suggestion on the Facebook.

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Luke Hobbs was initially created keeping Tommy Lee Jones in mind but one fan’s comment of seeing Vin Diesel and The Rock sharing screen space sparked a new line of thought. Diesel was able to convince director Justin Lin and a new character was created. Dwayne joined the  ‘F&F’ family in Fast Five providing the much needed kinetic blast of energy to the jaded F&F franchisee.(source)

16. 16-year-old Dwayne Johnson looking older than current Dwayne Johnson.

Unbelievable! He looks like a 40-year-old police officer from NY.

17. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his father, Rocky Johnson.

Rocky Johnson is a black Nova Scotian and a professional wrestler. He personally trained Dwayne Johnson during his early years.(source)

18. Dwayne “The Rock”Johnson sets selfie World Record at the premier of his movie, San Andreas.

On May 21, 2015, Johnson notched up another achievement when he broke the Guinness World Record for most selfies taken in three minutes. This astounding feat was achieved at the premier of his film,”San Andreas” in London. The Rock flexed his muscles at lightening speed and captured 105 selfies in 3 minutes!(source)

19. Dwayne Johnson next to former NBA prospect 7 foot 9 inch Sun Mingming.

Sun Mingming, the 7 feet, 9 inches Chinese Basketball player managed to dwarf the bulky Dwayne Johnson in the picture. He also outweighs ‘The Rock’ by 115 pounds.(source)

20. The WWE named their Thursday night show WWE Smackdown! (1999) after one of The Rock’s catchphrases, “Layeth the Smack Down.”

The Rock announced that the SmackDown!, WWE’s Thursday special was his show because it used part of his famous catchphrase, ““layeth the smack down”. The show was an unqualified success. Dwayne Johnson was drafted to his own show when the WWE used a draft format to decide the roster of each program between the “SmackDown!”

In 2007, Merriam webster’s, the highly respected and trustworthy dictionary of American English added The Rock’s famous word ‘smackdown’ in its database.(source)

 

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