Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson talks about his early wrestling days

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson walked the red carpet last night at the world film premiere of San Andreas which MarkMeets streamed online last night line to thousands of fans around the world as one of the events official partners.

In a new interview Dwayne talks about his early days in wrestling, “I had no song, no trunks and no boots.  Most people had wrestled in the school gym, but the first time I did it was in front of 20,000 people.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

I borrowed my uncle’s trunks and the boots were too small. I was asked what song I wanted to walk out to and as I didn’t have one they put on some techno garbage.

When I walked out the whole place shouted, ‘You Suck!’”  Adding, ironically, “It was beautiful.”

Asked about doing his own stunts, he says, “It’s not an ego thing, I want to be tied into the action.”  Talking about his powerful physique, which he maintains on 6000 calories a day, and asked whether he is frightened of killing anyone in a stunt scene, he says, “When I was in the Scorpion King I wound up hitting a stunt man, I clocked him really hard and he went down. I felt so bad I bought him a Rolex watch.

Dwayne Rock told Graham Norton: I did notice, when the story got out, that guys would lean in a little close for a punch!”

And on his wrestling heritage, he says, “I am third generation, but my dad was against me following him into the sport.  He hated the idea and we had a massive fight and there were tears and emotions and I didn’t understand it until he said, ‘I’ve been in this business for 40 years and I live in a little apartment that cost $500 a month.  I don’t want that for you.’  I finally understood and told him it was something I had to try and would he train me.  He said, ‘I’ve got your back, I’ll train you.’  What he really meant was, ‘I’ll kick your ass every night for the next year!”

Dwayne Johnson stars in the action thriller “San Andreas”, as a search and rescue helicopter pilot trying to save his daughter after the infamous fault gives way.

The movie is in cinemas May 29th.

The Graham Norton Show, BBC One 22nd May at 10.35pm

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