Before you read this and start spewing hate, let me tell you that I am just as much a fan of ‘The Rock’ as anyone who grew up watching the legend. From every WWE match to his not so anticipated start in Hollywood, I have tracked Johnson’s rise for over 12 years now. It’s 2017 and we are a long way from the 90s. Dwayne is bigger (incredibly jacked) and richer. Most importantly, he’s more loved than he ever was. Social media has brought his fans closer to him and this has converted to Hollywood success. He’s not only the highest paid actor on the planet but also one of the least hated actors as well. Noone has a bad thing to say about him.
All This Box-Office Success But The Reality Is That Dwayne’s Movies Suck!
Since his debut in 1999, The Rock’s been in 37 movies. A lot of which were low budget, run-of-the-mill productions. How social media changed Dwayne’s fortune at the box office is pretty evident. To give you a more precise understanding, I’ll divide his Hollywood career into pre-2010 and post 2010. Now, it’s needless to say how dull the internet was before 2010 and how unfathomably exciting it became after 2010. Dwayne starred in exactly 15 films between 2000 and 2010. With ‘The Mummy Returns’ (2001) and ‘The Scorpion King’ (2002), he cemented his place in Hollywood. Apart from these films, ‘Doom’ and ‘Grid Iron Gang’ were the only two movies that made a little noise at the box office. Most of these movies lacked a decent plot and any sort of character development. So, almost 10 films that he starred in, apart from the ones mentioned above, went completely unnoticed, making little to no money. Welcome the weed like growth of social media. From 2010 to this day, the Rock has his hands on more than 22 movies, most of which, like the ‘Pain and Gain’, ‘Fast and Furious 6’, ‘Hercules’, ‘Central Intelligence’ and ‘Furious 7’ were billion dollar babies. You see the difference here? The more The Rock interacted with his followers, the more money his movies made.
Still Don’t Agree? Here Is A List Of Dwayne’s Movies You Probably Haven’t Even Heard Of
Beyond the Mat (1999)
Be Cool (2005)
Reno 911!: Miami (2007)
Southland Tales (2007)
The Game Plan (2007)
Get Smart (2008)
Planet 51 (2009)
Tooth Fairy (2010)
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
The Other Guys (2010)
You Again (2010)
Empire State (2013)
Take your time to remember them all. I’ll wait !
The Masses Love The Rock For The Magnificent Person He Is, Not Because Of The Movies He Makes
Social Media is brutal and judgmental. Make a wrong move and you will be trolled, roasted and memed’ out. Dwayne though, is immune to all the social media negativity and hate. There’s not a single reason that anybody has to hate him. Not one! People already loved him and with the intervention of social media, they are expressing their love for him more personally than ever before. Even when he was tossing wrestlers in the ring and not making bank at the box-office, he was still the people’s champ. He’s out there with all his humbleness and gratitude, greeting his fans like family. You know it and the internet knows it. His attitude towards life is so positive that it can brighten up the bleakest of days. Have you personally seen a public personality as famous and as busy as him taking out the time to consistently put out stuff on social media? Nope, there isn’t any. He is one with his fans and this is what drives his success and money at the box office, not his acting skills.
He’s Always Been A Great Entertainer But Never A Great Actor
People loved the Rock in the ring. That was him entertaining people. He’s probably the best entertainer in showbiz in the past 15 years. From his social media accounts, interviews to his public interactions, he’s a fountain of entertainment that just keeps on giving but in no way is he a stellar actor. He’s a decent one but not an outstanding actor. Then why is he paid the most for being an actor? Good question. The answer to this is exactly what I explained above. People flock to watch his films to show him their love. Just like he loves them, they give it back with sold-out shows of his movies.
He’s Not An Actor But A People’s Champ Who Will Remain So No Matter What
Dwayne is a shining example of what giving love to fans can do. They don’t care about his acting skills. They just go and buy the ticket because they love to see him on the screen. And he gives back to them via an incredibly active social media schedule and surprise stop-bys at red lights and traffic junctions. That’s a people’s champ who never went to an acting school and still became the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Everybody knows his hustle right from the gutter to the penthouses and that is a story that is relatable to millions. Does all this make him a great actor? No. Does all this make him a great entertainer who you wouldn’t mind seeing on the silver screen? Hell yeah!