No one has enjoyed more success coming out of World Wrestling Entertainment than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
It’s one thing having his success inside the squared circle and throughout a wrestling career, but it’s a whole new thing to enjoy his success outside of the ring as well.
Born into a family of wrestlers, The Rock was always going to be part of the WWE, even though it seemed unlikely during his teenage days, but after giving up on American Football, he found his new home inside the ropes.
The Rock soon became known as The Brahma Bull, The People’s Champ, and many more infamous gimmicks, but everything turned on it’s head in the early 2000s, when he left the company to pursue a dream in acting.
He said: “I wanted to challenge myself. And I wanted to be better. And I didn’t want to settle.
“I was really fortunate to accomplish what I accomplished in wrestling. I loved it. There’s nothing like wrestling. That crowd, I love it. But I also wanted more and there’s that interesting thing when you’re lucky enough to get that little bit of success and then you want to do something else that’s not your forte, that clearly is not, but you’re willing to take the challenge on, you’re met with a lot of cynicism.
“I’ve been in the business for 15 years. And I have never had the opportunity to transform into something like this before,” says Johnson. “It opened my eyes to the level of detail required.”
Johnson has dreamed of taking the Hercules tale to the screen since seeing the famous 1958 version starring Steve Reeves. The stars finally aligned under director Brett Ratner, but not before Johnson had to endure his own formidable labors.
There is no place to hide on a movie screen when playing the Greek icon Hercules. The first superhero had a demigod body in a time of skimpy clothing.
That’s why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 42, would perform frequent detailed inspections to make sure he was showing the right stuff everywhere when filming Hercules.
“Every 72 hours I would strip down to my underwear and get someone on the team to take 360-degree pictures of my entire body. Then I would send the pictures to my (training) coach,” says Johnson. “It was an incredible process, the constant management of the visual.”
“A lace beard looks fake and and it doesn’t move as a real beard would, especially in tight shots,” says Johnson. “Sitting there for 2½ hours, you think, ‘Is this the most efficient way to do this? No. Is it the highest quality way? Yes.’ “
Johnson believes even his Hercules mentor would be impressed with the final product.