Can You Smell What These Dwayne Johnson Facts Are Cooking?
Before he went by his real name, Dwayne Johnson, he went by The Rock. Everyone knows that. But did you know that before he was The Rock, Johnson had two other wrestling names? In his earliest days, he was called “Flex Kavana,” and when he later debuted in the WWE, he went by “Rocky Maivia,” combining the names of his wrestler dad (Rocky Johnson) and grandfather (Peter Maivia). A little while later, Johnson adopted a bad guy persona and began referring to himself in third person as simply “The Rock.” And thus a legend was born, and thus that’s just one of the facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Johnson is the first athlete to host Saturday Night Live on two different occasions. He also holds the record for the biggest paycheck a first-time leading man has ever received; he was paid $5.5 million to appear in The Mummy spinoff The Scorpion King. That sum put Johnson in the Guinness Book of World Records where he could be enjoyed by the millions (AND MILLIONS) of the Rock’s fans.
You Think You Know Movies? is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but this time it doesn’t matter what we’re doing. (Okay, we’re doing The Rock.) Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know in the comments what movies we should cover next!