Wrestlers don’t get enough popularity in Hollywood. That’s what the box-office trends would make you believe. However, in the past decade, some popular wrestlers started their professional acting career in Hollywood and provided some great action and adventure-packed movies. Just like some superstars such as Tom Hanks, Bruce Willies, and Will Smith don’t need any introduction, wrestlers are also strengthening their careers in Hollywood.
There is one wrestler who started his acting career in Hollywood and achieved massive success throughout his journey. He is none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. After starting his WWE wrestling career, he took an interest in films. Since his first professional acting debut in 2002’s The Scorpion King in which his pay was $5 million, Johnson took the headline of the news. The film grossed more than $180 million worldwide. As per Screen International editor ad Box-Office Specialist Charles Gant, Dwayne is one of the top Hollywood actors in the world. His charisma, attitude, muscular body, and versatility make him perfect for every film. The latest movie that came from Johnson is Disney’s comedy “Jungle Cruise” which has been releasing this week. Another marvelous adventure film of Johnson that created a lot of hype was The Jumanji series. Inspired by the Disneyland ride, Johnson is all set to play Frank Wolff, a noble steamboat captain who is transporting a British scientist (played by Emily Blunt) down the Amazon river to find a mythWrestlers Are Gaining Popularity in Hollywood
Wrestlers Gaining Popularity in Hollywood
However, Dwayne Johnson is not the only WWE wrestler who is dominating the Hollywood industry. The three most famous wrestlers are also great male actors in Hollywood. The first person who needs to be named is John Cena. In the recent Fast and Furious 9, he played the role of Vin Diesel’s villainous younger brother. He also participated in the DC comic-book movie The Suicide Squad. Another great wrestler who is also finding success in the Hollywood industry is Dave Bautista. He recently acted in the Netflix original film The Army of the Dead. The movie was directed by Zack Snyder and he indeed enhanced the personality of Bautista in the movie. Another action-packed movie of Bautista will be coming shortly and that is Frank Herbert’s Dune.
The Root of Johnson’s Success
At the beginning of his wrestling life, Dwayne Johnson, better known by his stage name “The Rock” followed his father’s footsteps, Rocky Johnson, who was the first black champion in WWE history. Dwayne participated in his first WWE match in 1996 and quickly gained momentum. However, Hollywood saw his potential in acting and offered him to get starred in many movies. However, he rejected the offerings at first. After that in 2002, he finally took the role of the Scorpion King and shown great acting skills in the movies. Later he realized his acting capabilities and decided to pursue an acting career. Then he stopped wrestling in 2004 to become a full-time actor in Hollywood. Even though he stopped wrestling, he still made a few comebacks to the ring. His last match was against John Cena at WrestleMania 29 before he announced his official retirement from the wrestling industry