Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Takes on Herculean Role in Movie and Life

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Trivia: Which actor having served time for tax evasion is back on the big screen? (Answer below)

Hollywood movies have seen better summer days at the box office. With no real breakout flick this year, there’s lots of room for sequels. There might even be a recurring theme of romantic comedies and action films. This includes Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson taking on Herculean role in his latest movie and in life.

Johnson first made his name on the football gridiron. He’s reinvented himself from the Pro Wrestling circuit to a franchise movie actor. He remembers a turning point in his life when the doors to football closed and he had seven dollars left in his pocket. That was the start of his career makeover.

These days he’s getting media attention for his role in the movie Hercules. Johnson talks about the transformation he underwent for the role. He spent a lot of time in the gym building his chiseled body. He says he also spent ‘alone time’ as if he were in solitary confinement. This allowed him to decompress.

Sometimes movies are like art imitating life. They commercialize or glamorize an experience taken from the real thing. Other times it seems like life imitates arts. This is where what’s learned from the creative process is applied to effective living. Johnson’s motivation might be to embody the mastery of both.

There’s been passing controversy about the movies’ production. Some of it relates to the role and issues regarding intellectual property. As with movies, career success can come from building-on life’s passions the way life imitates art. But might also come about by acting-out a role for which art is imitating life.   

Tip: Success comes about by building-on life’s passions or by acting-out a role for which art imitates life.

Answer: Wesley Snipes in ‘The Expendables 3’

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