Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Reveals The Role He Lost To Tom Cruise

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson answered some questions from fans via Instagram over the weekend, and one fan asked him whether there was ever a movie role that he really wanted but lost to another actor.

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“Great question regarding my career in film,” Johnson wrote.

“Yup. The role was Jack Reacher. The actor was Tom Cruise,” he responded.

Alongside a video, the actor explained how he lost the role and the silver lining that came from it later.

“Now, the B-side of my answer, the truth is that in Hollywood, actors are kind of like in-a-box. 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–tch that they’ve been created and designed for me — except Jack Reacher,“ the Jumanji star said.

While he was disappointed by not landing the role he really wanted, Johnson “got a call from Universal Studios, saying, ‘Hey, we have this idea about you joining the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise.”

Johnson starred in Fast 5 as Luke Hobbes, a diplomatic security service agent. The film later went on to earn more than $600 million at the worldwide box office, which is three times as much as Cruise’s Jack Reacher made.

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