“I’ll never forget My mom crying..” – How Arnold Schwarzenegger Inspired Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson When He Had Hit Rock Bottom

Published 02/26/2023, 9:30 PM EST

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We are all aware of the incredible career Dwayne Johnson has had. Be it wrestling or acting, the Jumanji star has reached the pinnacle in every field he has stepped foot in. Apart from his two massively successful careers, the actor also inspires many individuals around the world with his fitness and physique. We are all aware of his insane workouts and exercises, and it is almost impossible to picture him as a skinny individual. However, it might surprise you, but the Red Notice actor once hit rock bottom at one point in his life. And do you know it was Arnold Schwarzenegger who helped him at his lowest?

Before becoming one of the highest-paid actor in the world, Dwayne Johnson had to go through several rough patches in his life. As surprising as it sounds, the Black Adam star was almost “broke” in his initial days. The Rock once had hit rock bottom in his life where the actor only had $7 in his pocket after CFL. However, being in such a tough situation did not hold Johnson back.

Instead, the actor started a workout regime to bulk himself up like Schwarzenegger so that he could make it big in the film industry. Previously in an interview, Johnson recalled his tough time as he told Muscle and Fitness in 2014, “I’ll never forget my mom crying and I’ll never forget the thought I had.”

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The actor further added how he had no option but to work hard and build his body since all the actors he looked up to were men of action, men of great physical stature, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

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All of this kickstarted, however, when at 14 years old, Johnson was evicted and feeling helpless upon seeing his mother cry, he decided to build his body. His approach remained the same even when he struggled with depression.

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Dwayne Johnson once had depression

We all know Dwayne Johnson for being the tough guy in Hollywood. However, before the actor reached such great heights and success, he had his share of lows. Previously, in a 2018 interview with The Daily Express, Johnson spoke about the time he was dealing with depression. He revealed how he did not feel like doing anything or go anywhere and was crying, mostly.

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However, the Rock surely lived up to his name. Johnson did not cripple to his illness as the actor fought back. His way of fighting back never involved medications; instead, he would focus on being active and hit the gym. Since then, we all know how the actor stepped up and made his way to the top.

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Hamza Qazi

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Hamza Qazi is a writer for Netflix junkie. He is currently a second year student pursuing B.com Honors.

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