Actor Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson’s Inspirational Story – He Doesn’t Want People to Give Up on Their Dreams
There are many different videos you can catch of Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock”) discussing his background, and how he overcame obstacles to find success.
In the videos I saw, Johnson talked about growing up in poverty. His father worked as a professional wrestler, and his mother worked as a cleaning lady.
At one point, when he was a kid, his family was so broke, they couldn’t pay their apartment rent anymore and were evicted.
I’m just going to present you with a few examples here (at the bottom of this page) – if you go to You Tube and search for Johnson’s name, you can find many more.
First, here are some web pages about his background and other things:
His movies grossed $1.3 billion last year. Now the underestimated A-lister attempts to own summer again as he reveals how he rebooted his career and the bouts of depression that pushed him: “Eventually you are all cried out.”
..His five releases in 2013 together reaped $1.3 billion — more than any other star’s box office last year — making him, at least as far as his Hercules and San Andreas producerBeau Flynn is concerned, “the biggest star around.”
…Which makes it all the more surprising to learn this is the same guy who endured massive upheaval as a child; got into frequent trouble with the law as a teenager; was kicked out of his home at 14; and faced the end of everything he had dreamed about when he was dumped as a professional football player, sending him into a crippling tailspin of despair.
The Ballers star explained that the depression stemmed from being passed over by the NFL and then cut from his team – the Calgary Stampeders – in the Canadian Football League at the age of 23.
He admitted he had holed himself up in his parent’s small apartment, hiding out and cleaning as he gave into the dark thoughts.
The Rock got a little emotional as he said: ‘I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], “Hey, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay.”
“We were living in an efficiency that cost $120 a week,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “We come home, and there’s a padlock on the door and an eviction notice. My mom starts bawling. She just started crying and breaking down. ‘Where are we going to live? What are we going to do?’”
Ultimately, the family’s financial disrepair forced Dwayne Johnson down a destructive path as a teenager.
[Johnson found some success as a university football player]
Whether it was his middling statistics or his lowered rank in the pecking order on the team, Johnson found himself wrestling with symptoms of depression.
“I didn’t know what it was,” he said. “I didn’t want to do a thing, I didn’t want to go anywhere. I was crying constantly. Eventually you reach a point where you are all cried out.”
…Johnson graduated from Miami in 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology but he wasn’t quite ready to give up on his football dreams despite the lack of interest from the NFL. He ultimately joined the Calgary Stampede as a backup linebacker but was cut two months into the season.
“The dreams I had, they’re dashed,” he revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. “There is no more football. My relationship was crushed. That was my absolute worst time.”
[Johnson later got into wrestling – where a lot of the crowds hated him at first. But he found success in wrestling.]
….But Johnson wanted something more; a chance at Hollywood stardom.
Johnson ultimately got his start when he made his Hollywood debut in 2001 in The Mummy Returns.
…Although it was a minor role, producers and directors alike saw the potential.