Dwayne Johnson took some questions from fans on Instagram, and one asked whether there was ever a movie role that he really wanted that wound up going to another actor.
“Great question regarding my career in film,” he responded.
“Yup. The role was Jack Reacher. The actor was Tom Cruise,” he wrote.
In an accompanying video, The Rock explains what happened, and the silver lining that later emerged.
“Now, the B-side of my answer, the truth is that in Hollywood actors are kind of like in a box, and the roles that are written, there are a lot of actors that can vie for a particular role,” he says.
He also admits that he’s been “a lucky son-of-a-b***h” because most of his roles had been created specifically with him in mind.
While he was understandably disappointed that he didn’t land the role, he “got a call from Universal Studios, saying, ‘Hey, we have this idea about you joining the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise.” The rest, as they say, is history.
By the way, Johnson’s first outing in the franchise, “Fast 5”, earned more than $600 million at the worldwide box office, three times as much as Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” made.
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Was there a movie role I really wanted, but lost to another actor? Yup. The role was Jack Reacher. The actor was Tom Cruise. Business is business and I’m happy he got it. Universe works in funny ways though, as when that door shut on me, another door opened with the opportunity to create a character from scratch that was of my DNA. The one and only bad ass, shit talkin’, gravity and reality defying, always winkin’ and having fun OUTLAW LAWMAN KNOWN AS LUKE HOBBS. Let the good times roll 🤠🥃 Thanks for all your great questions and enjoy your holiday weekend. Most importantly, stay healthy my friends. D