Former WWE superstar The Rock held another Q&A on his Instagram where The Great One recalled a time he lost out on a movie role to Hollywood sensation Tom Cruise. Rocky states that Cruise, who beat him out for the Jack Reacher role, was a bigger star in the movie industry at the time the movie was casting.
The question I saw last night, was a really cool one and made me think, said The Rock. “The question was, ‘Was there ever a role in Hollywood that I wanted so badly and I didn’t get it and it went to someone else?’ That answer is yes, that role is Jack Reacher and of course, it went to Tom Cruise. Now, this was ten years ago, and I was in a much different place, I recognize that,” he admitted. “Tom was the biggest movie star in the world, and I was not.
Rocky later adds that a good portion of the roles he’s played were specifically designed for him.
In Hollywood, actors are kind of like in a box,” he explained. “There are actors that can vie for a particular role because it allows for them to have a certain look, skin color, size, etc. Fortunately, for me, there aren’t a lot of guys at all who look like me. So, all of my roles, from the beginning of my career, I’ve been a lucky son of a b—h that they’ve been created and designed for me – except Jack Reacher.
Check it out below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)
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Was there a movie role I really wanted, but lost to another actor? Yup. The role was Jack Reacher. The actor was Tom Cruise. Business is business and I’m happy he got it. Universe works in funny ways though, as when that door shut on me, another door opened with the opportunity to create a character from scratch that was of my DNA. The one and only bad ass, shit talkin’, gravity and reality defying, always winkin’ and having fun OUTLAW LAWMAN KNOWN AS LUKE HOBBS. Let the good times roll 🤠🥃 Thanks for all your great questions and enjoy your holiday weekend. Most importantly, stay healthy my friends. D