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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Harrison Ford’s Han Solo jacket set to sell for over $1 million at props auction

A jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars is estimated to sell for over $1 million (£762,000) at an upcoming auction.The navy jacket featuring four front pockets that Ford donned in 1980 cinema classic The Empire Strikes Back is part of …

A jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars is estimated to sell for over $1 million (£762,000) at an upcoming auction.

The navy jacket featuring four front pockets that Ford donned in 1980 cinema classic The Empire Strikes Back is part of 600 lots being sold off by Prop Store during a live auction on 20 September (18) at London’s BFI IMAX cinema.

The fedora hat worn by Ford’s other famous alter ego, Indiana Jones, in Raiders of the Lost Ark is also going under the hammer, with experts estimating it will fetch up to $397,000 (£300,000), while adventurer Indy’s bullwhip from The Temple of Doom is poised to fetch up to $92,000 (£70,000).

There will also be lots of other Star Wars props on offer for fans of the sci-fi franchise, including a Stormtrooper helmet from the first Star Wars film as well as a similar helmet from 2017’s The Last Jedi.

And judging by a recent auction held in Las Vegas, appetite for original Star Wars props is high, with a blaster used by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi fetching $550,000 (£419,000).

Among the other lots at the upcoming Prop Store sale is the costume worn by Johnny Depp in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands, the robe worn by Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club, the Jumanji game board from the 1995 film, Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox) hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II, Forrest Gump’s (Tom Hanks) Bubba Gump Shrimp hat and a Wonka Bar from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

And for movie fans whose pockets aren’t that deep, all items will be on display for the public to view from 6 September.

“Our auction on September 20 2018 will once again raise the bar, presenting some of the most iconic cinematic artefacts of our time,” Stephen Lane, chief executive of Prop Store, said in a statement.

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Nick Jonas channels James Dean for vintage style flair

Singer and actor Nick Jonas taps into late 1950s icon James Dean when he needs to spark his fashion flair.The stylish Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star looks to the Rebel Without a Cause actor for inspiration whenever he is crafting outfits, revealin…

Singer and actor Nick Jonas taps into late 1950s icon James Dean when he needs to spark his fashion flair.

The stylish Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star looks to the Rebel Without a Cause actor for inspiration whenever he is crafting outfits, revealing the screen icon’s bygone era look, including leather jackets and fine suits, never gets old for him.

“James Dean is a massive style icon for me,” Nick tells British GQ magazine. “He has a classic approach with a touch of personality, which is something I try to emulate.”

The Jealous hitmaker is even starting to amass an impressive assortment of vintage clothing thanks to the East of Eden star’s fashion influence.

“The best thing I’ve bought recently is actually vintage,” he smiles. “I’m a big fan of keeping things simple and collecting things along the way. I was in Australia recently and found a really good Lakers jersey. I also bought a James Dean Harley Davidson shirt. These I am proud of as they’re pretty hard to find in the U.S. I like vintage clothing as it adds a unique touch to your wardrobe – a vintage T-shirt can just add a little pop of character.”

However, Nick is decidedly modern when it comes to timepieces, revealing his beloved watch collection is growing by the year.

“My biggest extravagance is actually watches. I’ve sort of come to start collecting them,” he shares. “I have a goal for each one I’ve collected, whether that’s a project or a personal goal. Most recently, after the success of Jumanji, I purchased a Rolex to celebrate. It’s all blacked out and it’s really cool.”

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