Visit by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Inspires Children, Families, and Staff

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In town to serve as emcee for the Christmas in Washington concert, which benefits Children’s National, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson visited children in the hospital on Dec. 13. (DJLIVEgalleries.) From babies to teens, children (and adults) of all ages were touched by his generosity, compassion, and humor. One patient beat him in arm wrestling; another read a poem that she had written just for him.

Johnson stops to take a photo with NICU nurses.
Johnson stops to take a photo with NICU nurses.

Posting on his Facebook and Instagram accounts, he noted one particular girl who inspired him: “Every once in a while we meet very special children who teach us about the things that really matter in life – kindness, gratitude, laughs and love. My buddy Katherine was one of many brave children I had the true pleasure of meeting here at Children’s National in Washington, DC. I say it often and I feel it down in my bones – this is by far the best part of my job.”

One of the most popular professional wrestlers of all time, Johnson is among the most successful actors in Hollywood, most recently appearing in “Hercules.” He currently has a reality show on TNT called “Wake Up Call,” in which he helps people turn their lives around to achieve their dreams. Christmas in Washington will air on TNT on Dec. 19 at 8:00 pm

Johnson provides ‘Wake Up Call’

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In this Dec. 8, 2014 photo, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson poses in New York to promote his TNT reality series “Wake Up Call,” premiering Friday at 9 p.m. ET. Johnson, 42, will help people who are down on their luck to get their lives on track. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)Invision

Dwayne Johnson said it was impossible not to take his work home with him on his new TNT reality series, “Wake Up Call.”

“By the end of the first day of shooting I’m driving my truck back home,” the wrestler-turned-actor said. “I wasn’t laughing like this. I was drained. I was completely emotionally and physically drained.”

On “Wake Up Call,” Johnson, 42, with the help of experts in various fields, attempts to confront and then help people who are down on their luck or who have made poor choices in their lives.

“It’s tough. There are a lot of tears and there’s a lot of crying and you’re right there,” he said.

“Do I take it home? Yeah, I took it home every night.”

Johnson, aka The Rock, was there himself in the 1990s. He recalls having just $7 to his name, plus a rap sheet with multiple arrests. Then he decided to give up his NFL dream and begin again. He became a professional wrestler and later an actor.

His films include “Fast & Furious 6,” “The Scorpion King” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

He talked about “Wake Up Call” during a recent interview with reporters.

Q You’re an executive producer on “Wake Up Call.” Why did you decide to put yourself on camera?

A I felt like because I was there and I lived it and I experienced it, it was a good opportunity for me to connect with these individuals on the show. I felt like let’s put our best foot forward, and if we’re going to ask people to trust us and put in the work I felt like I should be right there.

Q Did people immediately make changes?

A What we have found in this process is when people want to get better, generally the initial phase is strong and they’re focused and determined and inevitably they start to slip off because they’ve been in this cycle for so long. The key was to get in there and break the cycle.

Q Are you keeping tabs on contestants after the cameras stop rolling?

A We have great follow-up programs and everyone is doing good or they’re struggling. The responsibility falls on us to keep circling back around.

Q Do you think your show will have a positive impact during this time when the country is in turmoil?

A When we thought about this show over a year ago, we never thought the question would be asked, ‘Do you even care about another human being?’ The timing of this is great because everybody wants to see people get better and to be better.

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Wake-Up Call’ to debut Friday

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The Rock and Terrell on "Wake Up Call"

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will begin giving people 4 a.m. wake-up call on his new TNT reality series that kicks off at 9 p.m. Friday.

The “transformational” reality series “Wake Up Call” is executive-produced and stars Johnson, who graduated from Bethlehem’s Freedom High School.

In the trailer for the series in which the Rock helps everyday people who are facing enormous challenges, Johnson says he had his own wake-up call.

“In 1995, I had one goal – to become a pro footbal player,” he says. “Then I got cut. I had seven bucks in my pocket and no future. I rebuilt myself and started over.”

TNT has ordered eight one-hour episodes of “Wake Up Call.”

Johnson produced and starred in another TNT reality series, “The Hero,” which aired in 2013. It garnered respectable ratings – with 1.5 million viewers.

In the new series, Johnson will mentor people dealing with challenges ranging from dysfunctional households, dead-beat dads, struggling sports teams and failing businesses, reminding them what hard work, passion and true discipline can accomplish.

Johnson, 41, who attended Freedom in 11th and 12th grade, has a Facebook page for the show, on which he promises to “kick more people’s lives into high gear.”

He says the series will be “cool, positive programming,” adding, “Tough times don’t last … tough families do. We bring empowerment and change to people’s front doors.”

Johnson is also a major movie star. He was the box office champion in 2013, according to Forbes magazine, which said his movies generated $1.3 billion in ticket sales. He starred in the blockbuster “Fast & Furious 6,” which grossed $789 million at the global box office, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” which grossed $375 million worldwide, and two other films.

Next he is starring the earthquake film “San Andreas,” and “Furious 7,” both coming out in 2015.

It’s Dwayne Johnson vs. nature in ‘San Andreas’ trailer

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As if the idea that a devastating earthquake could hit California at anytime wasn’t terrifying enough, there’s now a movie coming out that brings that possibility to life.

In San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino play ex-spouses on a hunt to find their daughter, played by True Detective‘s Alexandra Daddario, after a giant earthquake hits the the Golden State. From the looks of the trailer, it’s the west coast version of The Day After Tomorrow, complete with destroyed landmarks (the Hollywood sign) and attempted rescues by — who else? — The Rock.

To make the situation all the scarier, a slowed down, eerie version of the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” plays in the background as victims react in terror to the world crashing down around them — looks like you might not be safe and warm in L.A.after all.

San Andreas arrives in theaters May 29, 2015.

Dwayne Johnson stars in first photos from ‘San Andreas’

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“The most incredible thing I found out doing the research was just how overdue for a massive earthquake we are,” the actor said. By Annie Martin  |   Dec. 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Carla Gugino in ‘San Andreas.’ Warner Bros.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the first photos from San Andreas.The 42-year-old actor portrays a helicopter rescue pilot living in Los Angeles when a massive earthquake hits California. The character and his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) leave the city and attempt to find their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) in San Francisco.”The most incredible thing I found out doing the research was just how overdue for a massive earthquake we are,” Johnson told USA Today. “Like 100 years overdue. It’s incredible, and scary as hell. It sounds like a movie line, but it’s a matter of when, not if.”San Andreas is directed by Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) helmer Brad Peyton. The film intends “to show what the largest earthquake ever recorded would look like, all in a highly populated area,” based on science provided by Southern California Earthquake Center director Tom Jordan.

Johnson last appeared as the title character in Brett Ratner film Hercules. The actor is scheduled for a number of other projects, including Fast & Furious sequel Furious 7, Central Intelligence with Kevin Hart and DC Comics movie Shazam!.

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The Rock’s on a roll! Dwayne Johnson films scenes for new TV show Baller

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is well known for getting audience’s adrenaline pumping in movies, but now he’s bringing the action to TV screens too.

The 42-year-old was on the set of the new television series, Ballers, in Miami Beach, Florida on Wednesday.

While most Americans prepared for Thanksgiving the following day, The Rock got serious in a business gear, including a button-up, trousers, and a pair of loafers.

No rest for The Rock: Dwayne Johnson was seen in business wear on the set of new HBO series, Ballers, on Wednesday in Miami

No rest for The Rock: Dwayne Johnson was seen in business wear on the set of new HBO series, Ballers, on Wednesday in Miami

The wrestler and actor will star as Spencer Strasmore, a retired athlete.

Baller tells the story of a group of current and former football players, including roles portrayed by Omar Benson Miller and Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington, according to Deadline.

The Fast & Furious 7 star is also executive producing the half-hour HBO sitcom alongside Mark Walhberg, inspired by their work together on Pain & Gain.

On the move: The wrestler-turned-actor went to his trailer for a wardrobe change 

Fast and furious? The movie star is transitioning from movies to TV with the HBO sitcom and a reality series called Wake Up Call

The show marks Dwayne’s latest small-screen appearance and first series regular role. His credits also consist of hosting reality show, Wake Up Call.

On December 12, the TNT reality series will have The Rock mentor those who must overcome great challenges.

He will prompt failing business owners, neglectful fathers, and more that devotion and discipline works to conquer any battle.

On the move: The wrestler-turned-actor went to his trailer for a wardrobe change 
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‘Transformers 5’ Rumors: Could Dwayne Johnson And Bruce Willis Join The ‘TF5’ Cast?

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New Transformers 5 rumors have risen, and could spark others as well. The latest of them includes the possible Transformers 5 cast additions of Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.

It has been a subject of jokes that “The Rock” is one of those actors they add to bring more people into the theater, and this rumor could only spread it. Originally added to The Mummy Returns as the scorpion king (a badly rendered monster, anyway), Johnson has since proven that he can revive almost any franchise by starring in it. The WWE wrestler has the charisma to even make bad movies watchable, like the critically slammed G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Johnson was added to the Fast and Furious franchise, and gave it a fresh burst of adrenaline as he threw down with Vin Diesel in a fight which literally broke walls.

Some might say that Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis could be setting up a crossover with G.I. Joe in Transformers 5. Rumors have been swirling around that idea for a while now, and it would make sense if they’re true.

The departure of Michael Bay from directorial duties has already been a shocking turn, taking Mark Wahlberg with him, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. It has been suggested that Bay’s absence might bring back series veterans Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, and breathe new life into the story about robots in disguise.

The loss of Mark Wahlberg has been attributed to him claiming he never makes sequels, but that hasn’t stopped him from starring in Ted 2.

It has also been rumored that a new group of Autobots and Decepticons are on their way, including Ultra Magnus and Cyclonus, possibly paving the way for a Unicron endowed finale.
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Aside from the Transformers G.I. Joe crossover, other possibilities for the addition of “The Rock” and Bruce Willis could be as voice actors, following the lead of John Goodman as Hound, and Leonard Nimoy’s second role as Sentinel Prime (his first was Galvatron in the animated film). These Transformers 5 rumors, if true, could make the Transformers franchise as populated with surprise voice acting as any Pixar film.

The two actors could also simply have a cameo to set up the Transformers G.I. Joe crossover as Earth defends itself from another new villain, only to be revealed as “a military task force.” So far all we have is Lorenzo di Bonventura‘s hint at the crossover.

What roles do you think Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis might have if the newest Transformers 5 cast rumors are true?