Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a household name long before he even started to hit the big screen. The pro-wrestler turned action film star has had quite the career. The 43-year-old isn’t even close to finished either. Scoring bigger and badder roles every year, up for superhero flicks, action blockbusters, and everything in between, it seems like Johnson’s career is just beginning to blossom, though the actor already has a resume far beyond even the most seasoned of stars.

Johnson’s stardom never came easy though. And still to this day The Rock is working harder than most by keeping up with his heavyweight physique as well as signing on to time-consuming roles and an abundance of charity work. The actor, producer, and professional wrestler always has a smile on his face, and how he does it, we can only chalk it up to he must be some sort of superhuman. Now as we gear up for the release of his action-disaster flick, San Andreas, we’ve found a few more surprising elements that make us love him even more. Here are 12 incredible things you probably never knew about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

His Fast And Furious Character Was Created After A Fan Suggestion
Originally, the role of Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious franchise was written for Tommy Lee Jones, not Dwayne Johnson. Luke Hobbs, introduced in Fast Five was supposed to be an entirely different character and was written as a gruff, older man according to International Business Times. But, when Vin Diesel saw a fan’s comment on Facebook suggesting that Diesel and Johnson should share some screen time, a new idea arose. Diesel was able to convince director Justin Lin to cast Johnson instead, and a new character was created. So, thanks to one fan’s brilliant suggestion, The Rock joined the Furious family.

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