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Hail The Scorpion King! (Happy Birthday To The ROCK!)



In The '90's, the WWE was moving away from the squeaky clean image of Hulk Hogan and the 'say your prayers and eat your vitamins' era of wrestling and moved to the 'Attitude Era' of the entertainment sport. This was in response to the rivalry of the WCW and created a new era of sports entertainment. It would become an era of 'antiheroes...' wrestlers that the fans loved because of their bad attitudes.
And among the very best of that era was Dwayne Johnson...A.K.A. The Rock.
He was physically as imposing as any WWE star but what made him special was his insane charisma and mic skills. Truly one of the all time best trash talkers in wrestling.
Soon, Hollywood would want to capitalize on that charisma and he would make his film debut in the rekindled Universal Monsters franchise The Mummy. 2001's "The Mummy Returns" was a spectacular blockbuster hit and would catapult him to stardom...as he would be given his own film based on the character he played in that film...The Scorpion King.
Eventually he would be asked to join The Fast & The Furious series and the rest is history. He would become the most bankable star in Hollywood.
What I enjoy about his career is that he is part of an old tradition of Sword & Sandal epics. Along with The Mummy films he would also bring back a classic character back to the screen...Hercules. Those films aren't really top priority in Hollywood these days and it's much appreciated for a fan like me to see new adaptations of those types of genre films.
What I respect about Dwayne Johnson is his quest to make himself better at everything. Sure, he'll never give Daniel Day Lewis a run for his money, but his continued improvement in the art of acting would help him become one of the greats in action films. And he continues to improve on those gains.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was born on May 2nd 1972 and we movie fans continue to watch his career with great interest. All Hail The Scorpion King!



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