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Dwayne Johnson Auditioned to Play Jack Reacher

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has revealed to fans that he once was in the running to play big screen tough guy Jack Reacher. Making perhaps the smoothest transition from the WWE to movies than any other of his professional wrestler counterparts, Johnson is arguably the biggest box office draw in the world right now. Making his big screen debut as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns in 2002, Johnson's star has steadily risen over the years with roles in such hits as Walking Tall, Gridiron Gang and Get Smart, and his career hit full stride in 2011 when joined the Fast and Furious franchise. This weekend could signal Johnson's biggest opener yet when The Fate of the Furious hits more than 4,000 screens with a projected worldwide box office take of more than $400 million.

Nobody knows how Johnson's career would have been influenced had his career taken a different path, but it turns out he pursued a big opportunity about 10 years ago that eventually ended up in Tom Cruise's corner. Responding to a tweet from a fan who asked why he didn't play Jack Reacher, Johnson says he "went after the role, but Cruise got it." Despite coming up short, The Rock remained solid in his resolve to pursue other roles, saying that losing out on Jack Reacher was "great motivation for me to always stay hungry."

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