Dwayne Johnson may be one of Hollywood’s most famous and influential actors, but he claims his life is a lot more than just a wrestling champion, a soccer player, and an actress.
Fans will watch tales of his colourful but difficult childhood growing up in several locations in the new TV comedy series Young Rock, beginning on NBC on Feb 16.
At the beginning of the episode, the Fast & Furious star says, “There is so much more I have to share with the world.”
Young Rock derives the inference from the tongue-in-cheek fiction that Johnson is running for President of the United States in 2032 and is being asked about his life. The singer and director has also openly flirted with the possibility of competing for the White House, most famously when he said it was not the right moment in 2019.
In the TV series, Johnson, 48, is played by three actors at 10, 15 and 18 years of age in snapshots that begin with him growing up in Hawaii as the son of wrestler Rocky Johnson and mixing with bigger-than-life characters such as Junkyard Dog and Andre the Giant.
The show portrays what Johnson calls “my years when I was the star of getting arrested all the time” after staying in 13 separate US states at the age of 13.
The words we use are wild and insane… “But it was incredibly complicated, and growing up was incredibly difficult,” Johnson told TV reporters on Tuesday.
“I know… at the age of 18… I was just too determined to turn myself into something. To me, that was so important,’ he said.
Johnson, with 214 million Instagram followers and a resume stretching from the animated film Moana to the former comedy series Ballers, is now one of Hollywood’s highest-earning stars.
“It was surreal to recreate his youth in the comedy series, he said: “Never, ever did I imagine I would be in this place where people put the people of my past to life.