Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is reflecting on his amazing movie career after getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Johnson, of course, rose to prominence thanks to an uber-successful professional wrestling career in the WWE. But thanks to his natural charm, immense physicality and perhaps the writing on the wall that his career in the ring wasn't going to last forever, he dove headfirst into a screen career in 1999 by guest starring on such TV shows as That '70s Show and The Net.
Not long after, Johnson shifted his focus to the big screen, first with a supporting turn as The Scorpion King in the 2001 Mummy sequel The Mummy Returns, which was followed by a Scorpion King solo movie. Action films like The Rundown and Walking Tall soon followed, and Johnson even diversified his resume with supporting turns in such comedies as Be Cool, Get Smart and The Tooth Fairy. In 2011, Johnson's career literally shifted into overdrive when he made his debut in the Fast and Furious franchise with Fast Five, and he's since become one of the biggest box office stars in the world - even landing a Fast and Furious spinoff.
Now, with his latest film, the action comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opening this week, Johnson's career is being celebrated in Hollywood with a distinguished honor. Johnson appeared in Los Angeles last week with his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, and their nearly 2-year-old daughter Jasmine, to get his Walk of Fame star from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and reflected on the honor and his career in an Instagram post. See Johnson's full post below:
Symbolic and full circle. 18yrs ago when I first broke into Hollywood, I knew nothing about acting or the business of Hollywood. Nothing. The only thing I knew and was 100% committed to was surrounding myself with good hard working people and the hard work I was willing to put in with my own two hands. I wanted to win, but I was willing to fail, because I knew that my effort was the only thing I could always control. And if I got my ass kicked and failed but gave great effort, I’d always come out the other side a better man. Here we are today, 18yrs later... these same two hands (with more callouses) touching this symbolic cement. My heart is full of GRATITUDE for my family, loved ones and everyone on my team who touches this with me. I’m a very grateful man. And we’re just getting started... #HollywoodWalkOfFame #StarCeremony #TwoHandsPhilosophy ✋🏾🤚🏾
Johnson called the honor "symbolic and full circle." Admitting that he knew nothing about Hollywood when he first started his career, he says he was 100 percent committed to making his career work, even if that meant failing. He said,
"I wanted to win, but I was willing to fail, because I knew that my effort was the only thing I could always control. And if I got my ass kicked and failed but gave great effort, I’d always come out the other side a better man."
Throughout his career, Johnson has demonstrated time and again that he's the consummate showman, and he's infectious in every one of his public appearances. You can tell that he's having the time of his life no matter what he does, which is wonderful, but you can also tell that he's an incredibly humble individual, too, and his Instagram post and heartfelt words are a perfect demonstration of that. Hopefully we'll at least 18 more years of Johnson's entertainment, and with films like Black Adam waiting in the wings, it appears he's off to a great start.
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- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017