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.
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
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.
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 ‘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
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.
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.
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.
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?