There are icons in history, and there are those who were always loved. Few were as well-rounded and active in entertainment as The Rock, the star of the recent San Andreas, Furious 7, and other great films. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the biggest stars on the planet thanks to his constant social media activity, film appearances, television appearances, commercials, and his presence within his community. To back it all up, Dwayne Johnson has real talent as well as a drive and motivation unlike almost anyone else.
He has worked his way up the entertainment ladder and used his unmatched charisma, charm, and that signature hard work mentality to propel himself into true stardom. Beyond everything, The Rock is and has remained genuine and sincere throughout his time in the limelight.
With all of that said, here is Screen Rant’s 11 Reasons To Love Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson!
12 Do You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?
There are hundreds of entertainers and sports players that have catchphrases and one-liners that are forever associated with them, but few have as many as The Rock. The only people to rival The Rock with sheer amount of catchphrases are action star legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, and Sylvester Stallone. What sets the Rock apart is that most of his phrases come from his time in wrestling instead of film.
Some of the Rock’s greatest catch phrases during his time in wrestling are: “Do you smell what the Rock is cooking?”, “It doesn’t matter what you think!”, “Lay the smackdown!” and “Shove it up your candy ass!” The Rock has become synonymous with the word "badass" and has spent years perfecting this persona. Along with other attributes, his ability to come up with these amazing phrases helped catapult him into stardom.
11 The Rock Eats Like A Madman!
We’ve all read different stories of the insane diets and exercise regimens that actors and athletes go on to get in shape for roles or season, but few are as crazy as The Rock’s. The Rock has a daily diet that consists of 5,165 calories. This comes out to seven meals a day, totaling 10 pounds of food a day!
Here are a few other things that weigh approximately 10 pounds: a 6ft. aluminum ladder, an adult Maltese dog, and a medium-sized bowling ball.
The food he eats is as healthy as it is hearty, and it allows him to work out as much as he does. the formula he has for his diet and exercise is so spot on that it allows him to maintain the tree trunk thighs and the pillars he calls arms. The Rock's diet is composed of: 36 oz cod, 12 whole eggs, 2 cups oatmeal, 12 oz sweet potato, 4 cups of vegetables, 8 oz chicken, 6 cups white rice, 2 tbsp fish oil, 8 oz steak, 12 oz baked potato, 30 grams of casein protein, and spinach salad. Most of us don’t even see this much food when we eat with our families, let alone by ourselves!
In order to understand just how insane this is, Buzzfeed had one of their workers attempt the Rock diet for just a day. He ended up throwing up and didn’t make it past half of the day before quitting. The Rock is known for his immense strength and feats achieved thanks to his strength, but even his eating is an act of power and motivation.
10 The Rock Is Franchise Viagra
With Dwayne Johnson’s rising fame in the world of movies, his box office draw only continues to grow. He has brought notable revenue increases to the franchises he’s been involved in, but none more than the Fast and Furious movies. The first four films had a domestic total of $490 million. The last three films, which included the Rock in the cast, grossed a domestic total of 800 million dollars.
These results have prompted many other studios to start calling on The Rock to come into their respective cinematic universes to cash in on his box office draw. For instance, The Rock is now set to become Black Adam for Warner Brothers and DC.
As an added bonus, if you haven’t seen The Rock perform his Franchise Viagra opening monologue on SNL you are missing out!
9 The Rock Is One Of The Greatest Wrestlers Of All-Time
WWE is full of showmen and legends like Hulk Hogan, Triple H, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and many others. However, few could argue that any of these other legends were as electric on-screen as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Rock spent his entire wrestling career becoming “The People’s Champ,” and always uses his signature eyebrow tweaking to add some extra flair to his classic moves. No other wrestler utilized the mic or camera like The Rock has either. He would often make speeches and pump up the audience so much that the building would begin to roar.
Whenever The Rock fought he would sell the fake hits with great expertise and believability, which is crucial in that line of work. However, his showmanship would really shine in the beginning and at the end of a match. In the beginning, during his monologue, he would engage the audience and his opponent with fervor, sincerity, and attitude. The Rock would usually ask a question in the beginning of the match only to give everyone an answer at the end through either a signature move or catchphrase.
8 His Social Media Presence Is Awesome
As I mentioned earlier, The Rock runs his social media himself, and interacts personally with the people who love him. This allows him to supply us with countless candid photos and videos. The Rock, being the People’s Champ, often posts videos of himself being a normal person. There are plenty of pictures featuring his dogs as well. The Rock is an unabashedly huge dog lover and constantly leaves a barrage of photos and videos of his dogs playing.
Many stars, especially ones that regularly sell themselves as family friendly, refuse to curse on their social media, even though most adults do it regularly. The Rock on the other hand does it regularly and it only makes him more personable and hilarious. Recently, while shooting Central Intelligence with Kevin Hart, The Rock uploaded a series of Vines of himself on set. Corresponding with Kevin Hart, both actors created hilarious videos of themselves facetiously complaining about the set.
Unlike most other superstars, The Rock continues to remain plugged into the heart of his fans with his relatable videos and constant interaction with his adoring fans.
7 Dwayne “The Samaritan” Johnson
It’s so refreshing to see stars use their influence and wealth to effectively change the lives of those around them and the world at large. The Rock is one of these special people.
Dedicating a lot of his life to charity and helping others who need not just money but emotional support, The Rock has done work for: Beacon Experience, Boot Campaign, I Have a Dream Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Make The Difference Network, Parkinson Society Maritime Region, Red Cross, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation , Starlight Children's Foundation, and Until There’s A Cure. He has even created his own charity named Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation that targets troubled youth and helps them through teaching them about health and utilizing their time with physical time instead of gangs. Beyond just donating his time, he has also given thousands away to contribute as much as possible to helping these different charities.
As far as helping those closest to him, The Rock has us all beat as world’s greatest son. Back in 2012 he surprised his mom with a brand new Cadillac for Christmas. He shared a set of loving photos on his Instagram stating, “At 14 I saw my mom cry about our only car being repossessed. This felt good. Merry Christmas mom.”
6 The Rock Can Really Sing
Since his days in wrestling, The Rock has been belting out songs for audiences with a rather good voice. He’s performed with other artists and even on SNL. Some of the funniest songs The Rock has done are “Under The Boardwalk” with Busta Rhymes, “Franchise Viagra” with the SNL cast, “Wonderful Tonight” for Vickie Guerrero, and “Here Comes Santa Clause” while wearing a onesie.
Not only does he do funny songs, but he actually sings well in a lot of his performances. In fact, his rendition of “Here Comes Santa Clause” has a bit of an Elvis flair that works very well for The Rock’s baritone voice. Perhaps the best demonstration of Dwayne Johnson’s voice so far is in his performance of “What A Wonderful World” for the film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Luckily, we will be getting even more of his singing when the upcoming Disney film Moana comes out.
5 The Rock Takes Care Of His Fans Personally
Dozens of superstars have fan groups and cute little names for their herds of followers, but, ultimately, they have their social media reps and agents take care of posting in these groups. The Rock personally goes out of his way to interact and show love to his fans.
Recently, The Rock posted a story on his Instagram about stopping to talk to kids who were running and screaming at him in his truck. When he stopped, he met a young man named Nick Miller who had been inspired to fight cancer thanks to The Rock. The fact that Dwayne stopped his truck and posted this story shows his level of commitment and dedication to his fans that few other celebrities seem to have.
There are many other instances where The Rock has gone out of his way to stay in touch with his fans, often taking selfies with them on the street, talking to them on social media, and sharing touching stories such as Nick Miller’s.
4 Dwayne Johnson Overcame His Troubled Youth
Many of us think we have a hard time growing up, but young Dwayne Johnson had it pretty rough. He was arrested several times before the age of 17 for theft and fighting. What is amazing about Dwayne is his ability to accept the past and understand that it shaped him into the man he is today. The Rock even said back in 2006
"It was fighting and theft. You know, and that's just what I got caught for. And, you know, I wouldn't have changed anything that happened because it certainly shaped me. But you talk about making the wrong decisions and bad choices, you know, I know what it's like to fail. And frankly, I know what it's like to expect to fail too, especially at that age."
For most people, it is extremely difficult to face the reality that their entire life could be ruined by early mistakes such as these. However, Dwayne faced them head-on and grew as a man from them. Today his is a charitable and loving man who works hard to not just entertain us, but better the lives of those around him. He knows what it’s like to fail, and he works tirelessly to help others overcome their failings.
3 The Rock Officiated Screen Junkies’ Nick Mundy’s Wedding
If you have never heard of or seen Screen Junkies, you need to look them up on YouTube right after this. They are nerds, like all of us, who make some great video content like "Movie Fights" and "Honest Trailers." Their resident “Movie Fixer” Nick Mundy is a hilarious comedian who always shows up on the Screen Junkies channel and has made a name for himself in their Movie Fights videos. A running joke that Nick has with Screen Junkies is that he and The Rock are best friends, and The Rock has even joined in on this sentiment. They have tweeted back and forth and had hilarious movie junket interviews where The Rock actually remembers Nick and does more than play along with Nick’s odd jokes.
Earlier this year Nick was getting married and Screen Junkies had dropped this fact randomly for several weeks. When San Andreas came out, Screen Junkies sent Nick to cover the junket once again. Little did Nick know, Screen Junkies and The Rock came together to prank Nick into a pop-up wedding officiated by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself! Dwayne actually became legally ordained just for this and went out of his way to marry his “best friend” Nick Mundy.
2 Dwayne Johnson Is Hilarious!
As you may have noticed throughout this entire article, The Rock is bursting at the seams with charisma and comedic chops. In almost everything he’s done, Johnson has found an organic way to be hilarious while also being himself. The Rock is a master of improvisation and utilizes it in everything he does.
For instance, years ago during a wrestling monologue The Rock turned his head too quickly and his sun glasses went flying off. Staying in character he simply looked at his opponent that he was threatening, Mick Foley’s Mankind, and waited for him to pick them up. Once Foley handed the glasses back, The Rock simply says, “The Rock thanks you for that.”
Without a doubt, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the greatest entertainers of our time. For all the joy he brings us fans and the extreme dedication he puts into everything he does, The Rock has earned his place as The Most Electrifying Man In Entertainment. With countless reasons to love this gentle giant, hopefully you enjoyed these few tidbits that highlight not just the icon “The Rock” but the amazing man Dwayne Johnson as well. Thanks for reading and be sure to share your favorite reason to love The Rock in the comments below!