Dwayne Johnson has opened up about the role he missed out on to Tom Cruise – and how he’s actually glad he didn’t get it in the end.
The wrestler-turned-actor revealed he was up for the role of Jack Reacher, which he really wanted to get, but the part ended up going to Tom Cruise instead.
Dwayne revealed the story in a Facebook Q&A with fans, explaining; ‘In Hollywood, actors are kind of like in a box.
‘There are actors that can vie for a particular role because it allows for them to have a certain look, skin color, size, etc.
‘Fortunately, for me, there aren’t a lot of guys at all who look like me. So, all of my roles, from the beginning of my career, I’ve been a lucky son of a b***h that they’ve been created and designed for me — except Jack Reacher.
‘Now, this was ten years ago, and I was in a much different place, I recognize that. Tom was the biggest movie star in the world, and I was not.’
Dwayne had thought he was a shoo-in to play Jack Reacher, as his height and physique seemed to math up to the role, however bosses decided to go a different way.
He explained: ‘I got the call saying “Hey, you didn’t get the role”. Look, I didn’t even know if I had a shot for it, but the people around me at that time made me think that I did. I felt like I did, I felt like “Why not me?”’
However, he soon got a call from Universal to see if he would make a cameo in the Fast & Furious franchise, in Fast Five.
He added: ‘I said “Don’t worry about the money”, I’m doing alright right now. In success, if I create a character the people are going to like and it hits the zeitgeist of the culture in a cool way, the money is going to be there. They said, “Absolutely, it’s a deal”.’
He ended up as Hobbs, a former wrestler who shared a lot of characteristics with Dwayne himself as he got to create the character from scratch.
Dwayne added that it was a blessing in the end that he didn’t get Jack Reacher, adding: ‘I’m positive that the role of Jack Reacher, because it was an established character, an IP that was well known and beloved around the world, that I wouldn’t have had the creative space to do what I wanted with the character.
‘I look back in gratitude that I didn’t get Jack Reacher.’
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