Professionally, Dwayne Johnson has been called Rocky Maivia, The Rock, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and finally, back to his birth name. The transformation from People’s Champ to a bona fide, full-fledged movie star has been completed. If you don’t believe that last statement, feel free to look at Forbes list of highest-paid actors from 2012. Dwayne Johnson comes in at number four, banking a cool $36 million last year alone.
While he has yet to be nominated for any major acting awards, a crime against humanity, I have a great feeling about his role as Paul Doyle in Michael Bay’s upcoming “small character piece” Pain and Gain.
(Seriously though you should stop reading this and watch that trailer again. The Academy might as well not have an awards show next year. They should just go ahead and give all of the Oscars to Pain and Gain. Like every single one of them.)
While making MILLIONS AND MILLIONS performing on the silver screen, putting boots to asses and clanging and banging, Dwayne Johnson still moonlights as The Rock. To mark his return to the ring this Sunday at the Royal Rumble, I am going to give you my top five favorite movie roles of The Rock.
**Please note that this was not easy. I am not afraid to admit that I have a non-sexual man crush on The Rock and enjoy everything he has ever been in. To pick my five favorites and somehow rank them was nearly impossible.**
Honorable Mentions: I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention The Rock’s roles in both Reno 911!: Miami and The Other Guys. In both of these movies he had cameos that didn’t last long and ended in absurd death scenes. His roles as Rick Smith and Christopher Danson were some of the funnier parts in either of the two aforementioned movies. Plus, tell me you wouldn’t want to see a spin-off starring The Rock and Samuel L. Jackson as their characters from The Other Guys.
5.) Elliot Wilhelm, Be Cool: Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty, was by no means a great or even possibly good movie. The character played by The Rock, Elliot Wilhelm, was a great character though. If you haven’t seen this movie I highly suggest you give it a watch. I will leave you with this and tell you his character in the movie was a gay cowboy:
4.) Beck, The Rundown: The Rundown is one of the earlier and better movies The Rock stars in. Not only does it feature Rocky as a bounty hunter teamed up with Sean William Scott, it also features a passing of the figurative action star torch. Watch the opening scene of the movie and try telling me it isn’t an instant classic. Quickly, we couldn’t talk about this movie without mentioning that it was directed by Peter Berg. It’s a shame that Peter Berg couldn’t find a cameo role for The Rock in Friday Night Lights. How great would it have been to see The Rock as head coach at TMU?
3.) Joe Kingman, The Game Plan: I will confess that any time this movie is on TV the channel isn’t being switched. After movies like The Rundown and Walking Tall, The Rock’s acting career really didn’t go the way a lot of people thought it would. He was supposed to be the next great action star, but instead he had roles in movies like this one and The Tooth Fairy. While I prefer The Rock in the role of action star, don’t knock his roles in these “kids movies.” The Rock as superstar quarterback Joe Kingman (basically a bigger, better, faster, stronger version of RG III) who is not only trying to win the big game but also the love of his estranged daughter all while changing the public opinion of him. In my book, as it should be in yours,…an instant classic.
2.) James Cullen/Driver, Faster: After the span of movies The Rock made that were geared more towards children, he returned with the ultra-violent role of Driver. For any fan of the action genre, this movie is 98 minutes of perfection. The Rock plays a man whose sole mission after being released from prison is to kill the people who murdered his brother during a bank robbery that went wrong. The plot is simple, but The Rock is an intimidating, stone cold badass.
1.) Mathayus (the Scorpion King), The Scorpion King: Just kidding.
1.) Luke Hobbs, Fast Five: There are movies and then there are MOVIES (if that makes sense). Fast Five is the best movie in one of the most transcendent movie franchises ever produced. The addition of The Rock as Luke Hobbs to one of the greatest casts ever assembled was a move made by a man who could only be considered a genius and a visionary. The reason that this is hands down The Rock’s greatest role is simple; a fight scene with Vin Diesel. There are actually a few other reasons…sequels…SEQUELS!