Grinnin' now like a big ass kid... When I was 8yrs old I sat front row to see a sold out INDIANA JONES in its opening weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. I walked out of that theater excited and wanted to be "Indy".. cool, funny, charming with the ladies and kickin' ass w/ a smile. But at 8yrs old I was also perfectly content playing w/ my Star Wars figures and sneaking off listening to Richard Pryor concerts. Throughout the years I've credited this man and his movies as being my greatest inspiration in becoming an actor and wanting to always make "his kind" of movies - entertaining, quality and above all else.. heart. Just receiving this personal letter from him and its not only made me incredibly humbled and grateful, but it's also brought me back to being that 8yr old boy again who not only loves movies, but I now get to make the movies I love and enjoy the impact they have on others. THANK YOU STEVEN SPIELBERG for these inspiring and motivating words in your letter and cheers to making sure I'm always listening to that little voice in my gut. #CoolestGiftEver #BigAss8yrOldKid #SpielbergInspired
Spielberg apparently sent the letter to Johnson as a form of congratulations and further encouragement. But, Johnson’s reaction to the letter, is the best part. As he reminisces on the first time he saw Indiana Jones as a young 8-year-old excitedly sitting front row for a sold out show, we can just imagine a little Rock wide-eyed and ecstatic. And though rumor has it Chris Pratt will be stepping into the new shoes of Dr. Henry Walton Jones, I have to admit, I’d love to see a Dwayne Johnson version of the character, bullwhip, satchel and all.
Johnson also goes on to admit his other fandoms as a child, playing with Star Wars figurines, and listening to Richard Pryor. But above his own personal enjoyment of said interests, it is the credit he gives to Spielberg which is the most touching of it all. Johnson calls Spielberg his “greatest inspiration in becoming an actor and wanting to make ‘his kind’ of movies.” And though Spielberg has dipped his toes in many different genres, most of his greatest films fit in the science-fiction and adventure realm that Johnson is quite familiar with.
Earlier today, Johnson made an appearance at the San Andreas press conference where the subject of Steven Spielberg’s letter arose. According to ComicBook, Johnson joked with the crowd admitting that he had indeed received a letter from “the director of Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but wasn’t a “name dropper”. He followed that up with a “cough Steven Spielberg”. When asked what the letter detailed, Johnson went speechless, but Beau Flynn, producer of San Andreas chimed in saying that the letter was written as “a fan” which just further humbled The Rock.
You can catch the rock in his latest action-thriller San Andreas when it hits theaters May 29.