Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson changed the world of WWE. He was one of the many who transformed the industry into the colossal organization it is today. Born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California, The Rock is the grandson of professional wrestler Peter “High Chief” Fanene Maivia and the son of wrestler Rocky Johnson. He grew up watching his father perform in the ring. Today, he is one of the world’s most respected actors; which he achieved through hard work and a gentle heart. Although he is famous, there is still a lot we don’t know about The Rock. In 1995, the currently famous actor/wrestler had a mere $7 in his pocket. He said, “I had $7 in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be”.
The Rock went through many hardships but managed to turn his life around in a positive way. From just $7 in his pocket to a current net worth of $220 million dollars, here are some interesting facts about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
1. The Rock was destined for the ring.
The grandson of professional wrestler Peter “High Chief” Fanene Maivia and son of wrestler Rocky Johnson had a really hard time growing up. Rocky was always on the road and Dwayne was often crushed by this. After a severe back injury ended his early football career, Dwayne followed his father’s footsteps into pro wrestling. His father was against the idea of Dwayne becoming a wrestler but eventually allowed it and even trained him. (source)
2. The Rock voiced Maui from the movie Moana.
Maui, one of the of Polynesian demigods from the movie Moana, was voiced by none other than our beloved actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Rock had to re-record* some of his lines for the Disney animated movie since the movie was renamed to “Vaiana” in some countries. Johnson also sang the songs himself in the movie because he grew up singing and none of the notes were much of a stretch for the wrestler. In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, he was quoted saying,
“Generally in Polynesian culture, we’re raised on singing and playing guitar or ukulele and dancing and singing. Some of the coolest things I think about Polynesian men is that they are so massive and so big but yet they have the most beautiful falsetto voices and it’s extremely off-putting when you see them at first. It’s not what you expect.”
3. The Rock is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Rock entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007, after starring in the debut film The Mummy Returns. His first role earned him a staggering $5.5 million, making him the highest paid actor at the time. However, in 2015, he added his name once more to the Guinness Book of World Records for taking the most selfies in 3 minutes. Johnson took a total of 105 selfies with fans in 3 minutes and Guinness World Records adjudicator Mark McKinley confirmed it. (source)
4. The Rock and his stunt double cousin look uncannily alike.
The Rock’s cousin, Tanoai Reed, is also his stuntsman. Reed, who was born in Hawaii, is the great nephew of Johnson’s grandmother, Lia Maivia. Although Reed does not wrestle like his cousin, he does perform most of his stunts; since the pair share physical similarities. Reed started being a stunt double for his cousin in 2002, in the movie, The Scorpion King. (source)
5. He has a massive diet.
The Rock is 6’ 5″ and weighs 245 lbs. His carnivorous diet goes along with a five days a week workout for an hour and 15 minutes per day. His breakfast consists of 10-12 oz. of roasted potatoes, 8-10 oz. of grilled sirloin and 4-6 scrambled egg whites. Three hours later, 8-10 oz. grilled chicken with 1 ½ cups of white rice. Once again, three hours later, 10 oz. of bison, 1 ½ cups of white rice and salad with balsamic vinegar. Three hours after that, 10-12 oz. of chicken salad made with coconut oil, celery and onion, 10-12 oz. of roasted potatoes and salad. Another meal precisely three hours after that consists of ¾ of a cup of oatmeal mixed with 10 egg whites and a scoop of peanut butter.