Why Is Dwayne Johnson Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actor

Why Is Dwayne Johnson Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actor

Updated on March 17, 2023 15:30 PM by Andrew Koschiev

It can be not easy to comprehend just how Dwayne' The Rock' Johnson became such a Hollywood icon when you truly look at and break down his modern legacy. Johnson has been a magnetizing figure of public adoration, one of the highest earners in Hollywood film history, since his days as a wrestler in the WWE. His enigmatic, spicy scent of success has lingered in his heart.

Competed in sports with great success

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Known for his towering physical stature and suffocating positivity, Johnson played college American football for the national championship team at the University of Miami in his early years. Although he achieved great success in the sport, he decided to step away from it and pursue wrestling two months into it after being cut from the Calgary Stampeders team.

Just two years after joining WWE in 1996, Johnson had become one of the biggest stars in the company's history. He earned the name 'The Rock' within two years of joining the company.

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Knowing what his career has been like

Johnson worked in the WWE for several years before turning to the wider entertainment industry in 2001, when he played the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, a film known for its awful CGI, which has aged like cream cheese on a sunny summer day. Johnson undoubtedly became enamored with the film, leading to a spin-off film one year later that featured the wrestler again as the Scorpion King.

Intelligent and astute, Johnson had an understanding of his career from a young age, explaining, "I wanted to have a real, long-lasting career that weighed and was valuable to me." Additionally, I aspired to be a real box office presence. I was 29 years old and was determined to become a box office king. I worked my ass off to achieve that goal, but I also knew I had given myself a 10- to 12-year plan".

Entertainment in the modern world

His newfound screen personality was supported by his guest appearances on Hannah Montana and Saturday Night Live and his comedy voiceovers on Family Guy. Johnson was also a regular wrestler in WWE, making him a star when he wasn't pedaling for box-office success.

As a towering Hollywood star, Johnson's career illustrates how he never aspired to become a traditional actor but rather an internationally recognizable brand. Johnson has demonstrated to the world of modern entertainment how you can build a brand from your outsized personality, dominating it as a result of his ode to the modern American dream.

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