“I remember thinking…” – Dwayne Johnson Reveals Why He Looked Upon Actors Like Will Smith, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp

Published 05/10/2023, 9:00 AM EDT

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Will Smith once wanted a career like Tom Cruise, and when he achieved that, ‘the Rock’ followed in his footsteps. The Black Adam may not have been his biggest success, but being able to lead a Marvel movie in itself is an achievement. Dwayne Johnson began his career with WWE and worked his way into the acting industry. But as proven, it takes more than skills to succeed. It takes a plan.

With 378 million followers on Instagram, Johnson remains one of the topmost-followed stars on social media. The entertainer carries a smile as big as his muscles, be it an interview, an action movie, or simply a post. In a newly released interview, he got real about how he reached where he is today.

How Will Smith, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp inspired Dwayne Johnson

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Stars come and go, but not everyone manages to get into A-list stardom. Going beyond 2 seconds of fame and being remembered through the years is the real challenge. Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson recently appeared on The Pivot Podcast to join for an interview. The podcast is hosted by retired NFL players Channing Crowder, Ryan Clark, and Fred Taylor as they dive deep into the minds of sports players and celebrities.

The host asked him if there is any actor that may have influenced or helped him in some way. To which he said, “I remember thinking to myself, wow, I’d love to have Will’s career.” Dwayne Johnson explained how Will Smith, Johnny Depp, and George Clooney were the biggest stars of the time. Especially with Smith singing, producing, and acting in movies. He thereby conducted a whole meeting to work on a blueprint to achieve his goal.

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Today, Johnson is seen as a lucky charm, rocking every movie that he is cast in.

How Dwayne Johnson’s career followed the same path as the King Richard actor

Will Smith began his career by doing lighter and funny roles. Johnson also became a fan favorite through his hilariously adorable roles in flicks like Jumanji, Tooth Fairy, Get Smart, etc. But for a male actor to enter the A-list, being dynamic and playing vital roles is an important aspect. Comparing those movies to Red Notice, Black Adam, and the Fast & Furious franchise tells us how he transitioned from being a wrestler to a serious actor.

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Do you think Dwayne Johnson has achieved the success and fame of Will Smith today? Share your opinions in the comments.

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Neha Subhash Ghag

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Neha Ghag is a prime-time entertainment writer for Netflix Junkie, who has written nearly 1000 articles, immersing herself in pop culture. Writing was not her first choice, but she has now found solace in unraveling the fascinating stories of public figures' personal and professional lives. Neha is a fan of classic hip-hop and psycho thrillers, and she can talk endlessly about Kanye West.

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