Remember when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would appear in movies and you'd giggle at the fact that a WWE star was on the big screen? Now he's in at least two blockbusters a year, and he's one of America's most beloved actors. Now HE welcomes Charlize Theron, who won an OSCAR, to the Fast & Furious franchise. Now HE hosts awards shows. Now HE is super scary-strong. Just kidding. He was always a beast. Let's count all the ways that we love The Rock/can smell what he's cooking.  

1. He loves making fun of himself

2. And his friends

3. He shares the secret of his success with his fans: 4 AM workouts

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4. Fans send him Rock Walls (paintings on gym walls of him) from around the world

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5. He's a Harry Potter fan

6. He's a family man

7. Even when he indulges himself, he goes hard

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8. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart. Not for anyone who doesn't like broken bones or strong-ass men.

I ain't got time to bleed..

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9. He doesn't mind a good #tbt post

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10. Even when it's embarrassing

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11. Don't forget this. Never forget this. (This is when Dwayne Johnson flexed out of a cast in Furious 7)



12. The man is really inspiring. That's all there is to it.

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(Cont.) I remember thinking to myself while covered up in blankets, "Wow my very first movie and I'm gonna kick the bucket in the middle of the desert. Great job DJ." Director Stephen Summers came over and asked if he should call a helicopter to transport me to the hospital. I said "Nah, let's shoot". We got the shots we needed that day to successfully tell the movie's story. And the ironic part of that crazy day in the desert of me pushing thru my pain (which could've easily gone horribly wrong;), was little to my knowledge - a few days later Universal Studios watched the footage from that day (Ron Meyer, Stacey Snider, Kevin Misher and Scott Stuber) and said "We should make a movie based off of Rock's character, The Scorpion King." That's exactly what we did. Got lucky, the movie broke box office records and it launched my career.

Push thru your pain, 'cause sometimes there's great success on the other side. 
Even if you can't identify what's exiting your body. Fun.