Dwayne Johnson: 7 Eyebrow Raising Facts


Dwayne Johnson stars in the hugely anticipated summer blockbuster Hercules in theaters on Friday and here are seven surprising facts about the 42-year-old actor!

Number seven, While Dwayne might be a huge movie star now, the former wrestler says that he started getting offered film roles after he guest hosted Saturday Night Live in 2000. He has since guest hosted two more times, in 2002 and 2009.

Coming in at number six, Dwayne was paid $5.5 million for his role in The Scorpion King putting him the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records for receiving the highest salary for any actor in their first lead role. 

Number five, The Rock's catchphrase, Smackdown, inspired WWE's Thursday night special to be named after his phrase and can you believe it was even added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary?

And at number four, we bet you can't imagine Dwayne as Willy Wonka. Well it could have happened. He was Tim Burton's second choice to play the role in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory if Johnny Depp wasn't available.

Number three, Dwayne owns the patent to his nickname, The Rock, but don't call him that anymore! He told Entertainment Magazine, "I am now pursuing a future as an actor and someday as a director. I am not The Rock. I am Dwayne Johnson."

Check out this video to see what Dwayne's first wrestling names were and to hear his singing chops!