Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is the world’s highest paid actor, and rightly so

The professional wrestler turned film star is now the best paid actor on the planet but when you think about why audiences love him, its not surprising

Dwayne The Rock Johnson is now officially the highest paid actor in the world. Take a second to fully comprehend that. This isnt because film executives are scared of his 24-inch pythons a number that seems to be multiplying at an alarming rate.

Its because, despite the many reasons his films shouldnt work, they do and theyre massive multi-million dollar hits. San Andreas alone fell just shy of making half a billion at the box office. If step three is profit, step one is definitely hire The Rock to act in your movie.

For the curious, here are a few reasons why audiences love him so.

Hes overcome adversity in the squared circle

Back in 1996 sweet baby Dwayne debuted in the world of professional wrestling as the smile bearing Rocky Maivia. He was meant to be a fan favorite but the crowd had a different idea, frequently chanting Die, Rocky, Die. Little did they know what gifts they were given.

World Wrestling Federation (WWF) creatives threw up their hands and told him to simply be himself. He re-branded himself as the smack-talking, elbow-dropping, jabroni-beating, pie-eating, eyebrow-raising, peoples champ The Rock. Spawning a thousand t-shirt designs in his wake. It was quickly very apparent that The Great One was destined for more than Monday Night Raw.

Hes most likely to EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)

The wrasslin business has the tendency to overreach into things its not good at, often with cringeworthy results. However, when they started poking around with music in the late 90s, their biggest star didnt disappoint. Forming a tag team with Wyclef Jean might have only achieved a number three hit in the UK but It Doesnt Matter. Proving that while his Fast 8 co-star Helen Mirren might be closer, The Rock has all the tools required to EGOT.

He has the best Instagram account

The real reason for Instagrams overinflated $1bn sale to Facebook? At least half of that valuation is largely down to The Rocks surprisingly relatable and self-aware account.

Sure, at first glance it might look like a majority of the snaps feature him simply screaming in front of objects a real classic of the genre. However, here the problem is that The Rocks account is more of a thinking mans Instagram feed. Despite looking like his muscles are about to explode under their own weight, ever since his wrestling days The Rock has always been more of a talker. Here the captions are the championship title winning material.

Take time to read about the time he rescued his ridiculously tiny french bulldogs from drowning over Labor Day weekend. This is what social media was built for.

Here’s a fun Labor Day weekend story… We just decided to add two new members to our Johnson family. Baby French Bulldogs. In my right hand is BRUTUS and in my left hand is HOBBS. Bring them home and immediately take them outside so they can start learning how to “handle their business and potty like big boys”. I set them both down and they both take off in a full sprint and fall right into the deep end of our pool. HOBBS immediately starts doggy paddling while BRUTUS (like a brick) sink heads first to the bottom of the pool. I take off into a full sprint, fully clothed, dive in the pool, swim to the bottom, rescue my brick, I mean BRUTUS and bring him back to the edge of the pool. He was a little delirious.. took a moment, threw up all the water he swallowed and looked up at me as if to say, “Thank God you didn’t have to give me mouth to mouth!” and then ran off to play with his brother. A few lessons I’ve learned today.. A) Not all puppies have the instinct to doggie paddle. B) Some puppies (like BRUTUS) will be so in shock by experiencing water they will sink extremely fast so react quick. C) While spiriting to save your puppies life, before you dive in, try and throw your cel phone to safety. Don’t keep it in your pocket… like I did. #BRUTUSLives #HOBBSCanSwim #MyCelPhonesDead #AndNoMouthToMouthNeeded #HappyLaborDay

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Hes a surprisingly versatile actor

Fine OK, hes probably not going to be appearing in any Eastern European arthouse films anytime soon. Although Im not going to argue that he couldnt bring something to the world of Bulgarian cinema.

Hes the type of the actor that Hollywood blockbusters crave. Hes like this generations Arnold Schwarzenegger but better. Hes like Arnold Schwarzenegger 2.

Dwayne Johnson in 2001s The Mummy Returns. Photograph: Moviestore/REX Shutterstock/Moviestore/REX_Shutterstock

The type of actor that doesnt exist anymore because real actors want critical acclaim in their serious movies that have something to say about society. Just watch this scene where he plays Hobbs in Furious 7, literally busting out of a cast like the Incredible Hulk, and tell me thats not acting.

Hes a hard worker

Despite looking like hes been created in a lab there is in fact, only one of him. However, much like God himself, The Rock is everywhere. This year alone hes put his name to another series of his HBO TV show Ballers, remakes of Jumanji and Baywatch and is currently off shooting Fast 8. Making the beautiful stench of what The Rock is cooking inescapable not to catch a whiff of.

Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from the 2016 action comedy Central Intelligence. Photograph: Claire Folger/AP

He used to rock this hot look

I mean come on

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jul/13/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-worlds-highest-paid-actor-reasons-why