After earning the stage name of 'The Rock' in the wrestling world with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and WCW (World Championship Wrestling) tournaments, Dwayne Johnson took Hollywood by storm as a macho action hero. With blockbuster films like The Scorpion King, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Rampage, Fast & Furious 8, San Andreas and many others, the 47-year old-star emerged as one of the highest-paid actors of the west. While Dwayne's film slate has always been full of projects, it will amaze you to know that the ace actor was once rejected for an action film, which later went to Tom Cruise.
The project in question is Jack Reacher, the action-thriller, which was based on Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot, wherein Tom Cruise played the titular character. Despite being a box office success, the film was criticised by fans of the novel. The argument being over Tom’s height, as the novel’s character is 6ft 5in tall while Cruise's height is 5ft 7in. Defending the casting, author Lee Child had told Wall Street Journal, “With another actor you might get 100% of the height but only 90% of Reacher. With Tom, you’ll get 100% of Reacher with 90% of the height.”
A few years back, during an interaction on Twitter, a fan voted that Dwayne would have been perfect for the role of Jack Reacher, to which the star revealed this trivia. “Yup, luv the character. Bout 10yrs ago I went after the role, but Cruise got it. Was great motivation for me to always stay hungry,” tweeted Johnson. While Tom did manage to do justice to Jack Reacher’s character, watching Dwayne in the thriller would definitely be a treat!
Beyond rejections, Dwayne continued to entertain on the big screen. Coming up next, the actor will be seen in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw along with Jason Statham and Idris Elba. The film is set to hit the screens this Friday.
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