Dwayne Johnson was ‘really nervous’ making transition from wrestling to acting

Dwayne Johnson was “really nervous” about making the transition from wrestling to acting.In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the star was best known for his performances as The Rock for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), impressing millions of fans aro…

Dwayne Johnson was “really nervous” about making the transition from wrestling to acting.

In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the star was best known for his performances as The Rock for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), impressing millions of fans around the world with his signature moves in the ring, alongside the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H.

He had his first major movie role in 2002’s The Scorpion King, and since then, his Hollywood career has gone from strength to strength, featuring leading roles in the Fast & Furious franchise, San Andreas, Baywatch, and the rebooted Jumanji saga.

In a candid post on Instagram, the 47-year-old reflected on his impressive success and told his 176 million followers that while he wanted to a create a long-lasting acting career for himself, he knew his wrestling history would make it difficult for him to be taken seriously.

“I wanted to have a real, long-lasting career that had weight and had value. And I wanted to become a real box office presence. I wanted to have a real box office cache,” Johnson explained. “I was really nervous because I also knew historically it didn’t matter.

“Whoever was successful in another arena, just because you were a successful professional wrestler did not mean, in any uncertain terms, that you were gonna become a box office draw or a legitimate movie star. There were no guarantees.”

In the caption to the clip, the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw star said he made “tough decisions” to become a viable global box office draw.

“I made the tough decisions and the most important of all, was deciding I was done trying to be someone I’m not to conform to Hollywood.

Instead, I decided to be my own man and Hollywood would eventually conform to me,” the father-of-three added.

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Vin Diesel: ‘Steven Spielberg wants me to direct more movies’

Steven Spielberg has encouraged Vin Diesel to do more directing.The 52-year-old is best known for his acting roles in blockbuster action films such as The Chronicles of Riddick, xXx, and the Fast & Furious franchise, but Diesel is keen to make the move…

Steven Spielberg has encouraged Vin Diesel to do more directing.

The 52-year-old is best known for his acting roles in blockbuster action films such as The Chronicles of Riddick, xXx, and the Fast & Furious franchise, but Diesel is keen to make the move to behind the camera once again.

The actor has only directed one feature-length film, the 1997 drama Strays, which he wrote, directed and starred in, as well as a short called Multi-Facial, and an episode of the Amazon Prime comedy series, The Ropes.

However, Spielberg, who worked with Diesel on Oscar-winning historical epic Saving Private Ryan back in 1998, recently made him realise he hasn’t done enough directing.

“I saw him recently, and he had said to me, ‘When I wrote the role for you in Saving Private Ryan, I was obviously employing the actor, but I was also secretly championing the director in you, and you have not directed enough. That is a crime of cinema and you must get back in the directing chair,'” he told The National. “I haven’t directed enough.”

Diesel also revealed that it was his work on the 1995 short film Multi-Facial, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, which caught the attention of Spielberg and helped him land the role of Private Adrian Caparzo in the 1998 war drama, which also starred Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, and Giovanni Ribisi. It went on to win five Oscars, with Spielberg scooping the Best Director honour for the second time.

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Gal Gadot swears by ‘super simple diet’ to keep in shape

Gal Gadot swears by a “super simple” Mediterranean diet to help maintain her enviable figure.The Wonder Woman star has revealed the secrets to achieving her incredible body, sharing that while she does plenty of sweat-inducing workouts in the gym, her …

Gal Gadot swears by a “super simple” Mediterranean diet to help maintain her enviable figure.

The Wonder Woman star has revealed the secrets to achieving her incredible body, sharing that while she does plenty of sweat-inducing workouts in the gym, her top tip is to avoid any trendy diets.

“I think we tend to make everything much more challenging and difficult than what it should be,” she told U.S. InStyle magazine. “But for me it’s easy, I’m from Israel so I follow a Mediterranean diet – it’s super simple for anyone to do.

“I try to make a huge per cent of the plate veggies, then lean protein, and then a small amount of quality, good carbs. I eat a lot of fish and huge salads with olive oil and lemon.”

The Mediterranean diet involves eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, olive oil, beans, whole grains, and moderate amounts of fish, white meat and dairy products. And research has shown it may reduce the risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

The 34-year-old, who underwent an intensive training regime to prepare for reprising her role as Diana Prince in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, confessed she needs to switch up her workouts to avoid getting bored.

And Gadot, who served in the Israeli military, swears by plenty of recovery time after her hardcore strengthening sessions.

“I see a lot of physiotherapists – of course, we foam roll – but I need someone to go in and dig deep into the muscles,” the Fast & Furious star shared, adding that she uses high-tech massage device Theragun to help soothe her body. “I drink a lot of water to release all the toxins – I find that super important. And, of course, sleep.”

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Elsa Pataky doesn’t regret getting matching tattoo with Miley Cyrus

Elsa Pataky has no regrets about getting a matching tattoo with her brother-in-law Liam Hemsworth’s now estranged wife Miley Cyrus.Back in 2016, the Fast & Furious star and the Wrecking Ball singer celebrated their close bond by getting matching tattoo…

Elsa Pataky has no regrets about getting a matching tattoo with her brother-in-law Liam Hemsworth’s now estranged wife Miley Cyrus.

Back in 2016, the Fast & Furious star and the Wrecking Ball singer celebrated their close bond by getting matching tattoos of a simple wave symbol in black ink on their arms.

Elsa, who is married to Liam’s older brother Chris Hemsworth, has insisted she has no regrets over the matching ink, despite Miley and Liam separating last summer after a short-lived marriage.

“I don’t regret any of them, they’re symbols and I love having them and it reminds me of those moments,” the 43-year-old told Vogue Australia.

The Spanish actress and Miley were also joined by friends Kalani Miller and April Munro for the special tattoo session, which was shared on Instagram at the time by Sydney-based artist, Lauren Winzer, who revealed that the simple ink was designed by Australian surfer Kelly Slater, who is dating Kalani.

Elsa didn’t comment further on the breakdown of her brother-in-law’s marriage in the Vogue interview, but has previously shared her thoughts on Liam and Miley’s very public breakup.

While speaking to reporters at an event in November, the mother-of-three said the 30-year-old actor was “taking it well”.

“He’s a strong guy and he deserves the best. I think he deserves much more,” Elsa stated, before adding that Avengers: Endgame star Chris was comforting his younger brother.

“Family is always there to protect you. He and his brother are so close and he’s really been there for him to give him the strength he needs,” she shared.

Liam has moved on from the split and is currently dating model Gabriella Brooks. Miley is now dating Australian musician Cody Simpson.

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Tyrese Gibson pokes fun at Dwayne Johnson over disappointing Hobbs & Shaw debut

Tyrese Gibson has refuelled his war of words with Dwayne Johnson by poking fun at the box office numbers for his Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. The film debuted at number one in America on Sunday, but its $60.8 million (£50 million) domestic h…

Tyrese Gibson has refuelled his war of words with Dwayne Johnson by poking fun at the box office numbers for his Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw.

The film debuted at number one in America on Sunday, but its $60.8 million (£50 million) domestic haul is the worst opening for a Fast & Furious film since 2006’s The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift – and Tyrese wanted to make sure fans knew.

“I have to show my respects for one thing… He tried,” Gibson wrote in a now-deleted tweet, before calling the box office take for Hobbs & Shaw “NOT a win”.

Tyrese sparked a feud with Johnson when he accused the action star of delaying the ninth Fast & Furious film with his spin-off.

In his latest post, he added: “Folks called me a hater… And attacked me for speaking out… Breaking up the family clearly doesn’t have the value that one would assume it does… You know what maybe just maybe… The Rock (Johnson) and the crew will come dance with us again for #Fast10. We can all hug it out and get back to giving the true fans who have supported this franchise for 20 years WHAT they want… No hating I’m just pointing out the facts…

“Again my respects cause he tried his best… The world is clearly used to being severed (sic) its Thanksgiving meal a certain way… they want the table to ‘include’ all its flavors and all of its usual ingredients.”

Gibson appeared to have put his feud with Johnson behind him last month when he acknowledged it was “unprofessional” to have called his co-star out.

“I found myself being the messenger on behalf of various people associated to the franchise, but stupid me was the only one who went public about those feelings, which is my own fault,” he said during an appearance on Van Lathan’s The Red Pill podcast. “It’s not professional, it’s not cool.”

He also blamed his behaviour on medication he was taking at the time.

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Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren returning for new Fast & Furious sequel

Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are buckling up for another high-octane ride in the next Fast & Furious sequel. Franchise star Vin Diesel has confirmed the two actresses will reprise their respective characters, Cipher and Magdalene Shaw, from 2017’s…

Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are buckling up for another high-octane ride in the next Fast & Furious sequel.

Franchise star Vin Diesel has confirmed the two actresses will reprise their respective characters, Cipher and Magdalene Shaw, from 2017’s The Fate of the Furious for the ninth movie in the film series, which is currently in production in London and features the addition of new castmember, John Cena, whose role is still under wraps.

Sharing the news in a video posted on Instagram, Diesel said, “Week 3, Fast 9. Here on set. We’ve got a lot of the original cast here, including Oscar winners like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. A few new surprises, including John Cena, who I believe is going to completely shine in this movie.”

Theron previously admitted she had “no idea” if she would be invited back for another round as cyber-terrorist Cipher, although she was “so humbled” to have a part in the hugely successful all-action blockbuster, which scored the highest-grossing opening weekend worldwide at the time with a whopping $541.9 million (£433 million) debut.

It has since been overtaken by Avengers epics Infinity War and Endgame, but the entire action saga has racked up more than $5.1 billion (£4.1 billion) at the worldwide box office.

Meanwhile, Mirren’s return will mark her third appearance in the franchise, after also playing the mother of Jason Statham and Luke Evans’ characters in this summer’s Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw.

Jordana Brewster is also returning to the ninth Fast & Furious instalment, alongside Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Nathalie Emmanuel.

Fast 9, directed by Justin Lin, is set to debut in theatres in May next year.

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Dwayne Johnson was urged to ‘drop some weight’ at start of career

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was urged to “drop some weight” when he first arrived in Hollywood.The wrestler-turned-actor picked up the Generation Award during the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday night, which aired in the U.S. on Monday, and he gave a h…

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was urged to “drop some weight” when he first arrived in Hollywood.

The wrestler-turned-actor picked up the Generation Award during the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday night, which aired in the U.S. on Monday, and he gave a heartfelt acceptance speech, in which he looked back at his humble beginnings.

“When I first got to Hollywood – Hollywood, they didn’t know what the hell to do with me. I was this half-black, half-Samoan, six-foot-four, 275-pound pro wrestler,” he said after taking the stage at the Barker Hanger in Los Angeles. “You know, I was told at that time, ‘You’ve got to be a certain way. You’ve got to drop some weight… You’ve got to stop working out.’ Stop doing the things that I love. You’ve got to stop calling yourself The Rock – what? And for years, I actually bought into it.”

The 47-year-old continued, “I was miserable doing that, so I made a choice. And the choice was, I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was going to conform to me. So, Hollywood conformed to me, and here I am with all of you getting the Generation Award… It’s important that you are your most authentic self. I’m a walking example of that.”

The Fast & Furious star concluded with a heartfelt message to fans, encouraging them to be true to themselves.

“There’s another side to being your authentic self, your true self, and that’s the side that the magic is on. That’s the side that’s gold. While yes, it’s important to be yourself, you’ve got to recognise the joy and responsibility of bringing everybody with you,” he added. “We bring everybody with us, and you do that by being kind, by being compassionate, by being inclusive, and straight-up being good to people, because that matters.”

Previous winners of the prize, which celebrates “beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names in the industry,” include Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise, and Jim Carrey.

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Dwayne Johnson wanted Jason Momoa to play his brother in Fast & Furious spin-off

Jason Momoa was forced to sit out the opportunity to play Dwayne Johnson’s brother in the upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off due to scheduling issues. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star is reprising his role as U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke H…

Jason Momoa was forced to sit out the opportunity to play Dwayne Johnson’s brother in the upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off due to scheduling issues.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star is reprising his role as U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs from the hugely popular street racing franchise for the new action movie, in which he reunites onscreen with Jason Statham – as Deckard Shaw.

Johnson, aka The Rock, has been offering up little insights into Hobbs & Shaw’s plot via his Instagram page in recent months, and on Sunday (27Jan19), he shared an image of himself in character, standing alongside his four movie brothers, played by Training Day actor Cliff Curtis, Battleship’s John Tui, wrestler Roman Reigns, and American footballer Josh Mauga.

“A lil’ HOBBS & SHAW exclusive. THE HOBBS BROTHERS,” he captioned the photo.

Johnson went on to explain the background of his onscreen family, revealing his siblings are based in Western Samoa, where they run the Hobbs Customs car garage, a former illegal chop shop-turned-legitimate business.

Explaining how they play a key part in the film, he continued, “In Samoa we have another saying which is ‘Ou te le tau to’atasi ae matou te tau fa’atasi’ which means, When you fight one, you fight us ALL.

“Biggest showdown the Fast & Furious Universe has ever seen is coming this summer. HOBBS & SHAW AUGUST 2ND”.

Fans were quick to share their excitement about the line-up, but one follower questioned why Aquaman star Momoa wasn’t recruited for the project, suggesting he would have been a perfect fit for the film.

Johnson spotted the comment, and admitted the two actors, who both have Polynesian ancestry, had tried to link up for Hobbs & Shaw, but the timing just didn’t work out.

“tried hard to get him in this movie to play my brother, but his schedule was too packed,” Dwayne responded.

However, he gave fans hope for a future collaboration, adding, “Next Hobbs movie for sure”.

Hobbs & Shaw, which also stars Idris Elba and Helen Mirren, will open in theatres this summer (19).

It’s not the only franchise spin-off in the works – original series star Vin Diesel recently confirmed a female-driven instalment is also in development.

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Helen Mirren: ‘I want to play a James Bond baddie’

Helen Mirren has set her sights on another villainous role – she wants to go toe to toe with James Bond. The actress won her uncredited role as vicious Magdalene Shaw in the Fast & Furious franchise by going after star and producer Vin Diesel and dema…

Helen Mirren has set her sights on another villainous role – she wants to go toe to toe with James Bond.

The actress won her uncredited role as vicious Magdalene Shaw in the Fast & Furious franchise by going after star and producer Vin Diesel and demanding he cast her, and now she has put the Bond producers on notice she wants to play 007’s nemesis.

The Oscar winner, who is playing a villain again in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, insists the time is right for a woman to play a Bond baddie.

“Women get to play much cooler villains these days,” she says. “I’ve always had a secret ambition to play a villain in a James Bond movie.”

But she tells Harper’s Bazaar the role would be a big leap of faith for her, adding, “I consider myself a scaredy-cat… I’m constantly nervous. I’m always worried that I’m not going to do it right. But you have to just jump and then the adrenaline kicks in.”

As well as The Nutcracker, the great Dame has a handful of movies coming out in the next year. These include Berlin, I Love You, Anna, and The Good Liar, while she will also be playing Catherine the Great in a much-anticipated new TV Series about the Russian royal family.

Mirren, whose family hails from Russia, loved playing another queen after her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, but she insists Catherine will be her last royal.

After playing Elizabeth on the big screen and again onstage in The Audience, Mirren admits she’s not actually a big fan of the royal family – but she loves the Queen.

“I don’t care that much, though I do watch The Crown,” she tells the publication. “In her old age, she (the Queen) has that indomitable spirit. I love her. I’m not a royalist; I’m a queenist.”

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Fast & Furious boss sues Universal over spin-off snub

Fast & Furious franchise boss Neal Moritz has sued Universal executives over their plans to make a spin-off featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham without him. The much-anticipated Hobbs & Shaw movie, featuring Johnson and Statham’s characters fro…

Fast & Furious franchise boss Neal Moritz has sued Universal executives over their plans to make a spin-off featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham without him.

The much-anticipated Hobbs & Shaw movie, featuring Johnson and Statham’s characters from the most recent Fast & Furious films, has been fast-tracked at Universal to hit cinemas before the final two films in Moritz’s blockbuster series – and the producer is no longer involved.

Filing documents on Wednesday (17Oct18), the movie mogul is accusing studio bosses of breaching an oral contract and promissory fraud after he was pushed aside.

“This case presents a classic example of Hollywood greed,” his attorney states in the filing, obtained by Deadline.

Moritz wants to be reinstated as lead producer on Hobbs & Shaw, which just started shooting, or be paid “tens of millions” in compensation.

“In an extraordinary show of bad faith, and just a few days before filming was set to begin on Hobbs and Shaw, Universal took the position that Moritz either had to amend his oral producer deal to accept substantially inferior financial terms, or be cut out of the Picture altogether,” the complaint reads.

“Remarkably, despite Moritz having complete Pay-or-Play protection on all of his last several deals on the FF Franchise and having relied on Universal’s oral promises, Universal also took the extraordinary position that it was free to exploit Moritz’s ideas for Hobbs and Shaw, and his work product over an approximately year-and-a-half period, without honoring its oral producer agreement.”

“If Universal believes that it can treat one of its most successful producers with such extraordinary bad faith, one can only imagine how Universal treats its lesser established producers,” Moritz’s lawyer continues.

Universal representatives have yet to respond to the lawsuit.

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